Bullpen Cost Frogs Win, Fall To No. 16 Baylor 4-3
March 15, 2005
Waco, Texas - The No. 16 Baylor Bears came back twice against the TCU bullpen to pick up a 4-3 win in 10 innings. The Frogs got an outstanding effort on the mound by starter Tim McGough as he went six inning, allowing only one hit, walking none and striking out seven. The Bears picked up four runs off the TCU bullpen to record their first come-from-behind victory of the season. Stuart Musslewhite gave the Frogs the lead in the top of the 10th, but the Bears plated two in the bottom of the inning to complete the comeback.
Andrew Walker put the Frogs on top in the second with his team-leading fourth home run of the season. Another TCU run crossed the plate in the sixth inning as the Frogs played small ball to push across an insurance run. Musslewhite led off the inning with a base hit and moved to second when Ryan Pack drew a walk. Chad Huffman sacrificed them over to put both runners in scoring position with only one out. Shelby Ford delivered, sending a fly ball to center field that scored Musslewhite from third to give the Frogs the 2-0 lead.
McGough faced only one batter over the minimum in his six innings of work as he allowed a fourth inning double to Michael Griffin. Mike Pankratz was the only other hitter to reach base as he reached on an error in the third inning. McGough erased him with a nice move to first, picking him off. Following Griffin's double, McGough sat down his final eight batters faced.
Baylor began to mount their comeback in the seventh inning as they picked up a run on a hit. Chad Underwood retired the first two men he faced in the inning, but gave up a walk and a base hit before giving way to Shawn Ferguson (0-1). Ferguson walked the first batter he faced and threw a wild pitch, allowing the Bears first run to cross the plate. After another walk loaded the bases again, he got Kevin Russo to groundout. Musslewhite made a diving play up the middle saving the leading and forcing the runner at second out.
After a perfect eighth inning, Ferguson again ran into trouble in the ninth. He walked the first two batters he faced and two consecutive groundouts allowed the Bears to tie the game at two.
The Frogs battled back in the top of the 10th off of Baylor closer Abe Woody. Spencer Jackson reached on a lead-off single, before turning it over to pinch-runner Jerid Buttell. After a Kyle Dahlberg sacrifice, Musslewhite delivered his third base hit of the night, putting the Frogs up 3-2.
Again trouble struck in the bottom of the inning as Russo was hit to lead off the inning. A sacrifice moved him to second and lead-off hitter Chase Gerdes scalded a triple down the right field line to knot the game at three. Griffin did his job sending a fly ball to right field, sacrificing home the winning run for the Bears.
The Frogs (12-6) will look to end a three-game slide when they open conference play this weekend against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. First pitch on Friday night is slated for 7:00 p.m. National Pitcher of the Week Lance Broadway will take the mound for the Frogs against preseason Conference USA Pitcher of the Year, Patrick Ezell.