Frogs Hold On For Conference Opening Win, Top Southern Miss 10-9
March 18, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 24 TCU Horned Frogs watched a 10-1 lead shrink away, but held on for the 10-9 win to snap its three-game losing streak. This marks the fourth consecutive season they've opened the Conference USA portion of their schedule with a win. TCU jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second and was up 10-1 before the bullpen surrendered eight runs in the final two innings. Lance Broadway (4-1) turned in his third-straight dominating performance, allowing an unearned run on three hits in seven innings pitched. His 11 strikeouts tied a career-high. Chad Huffman led the offensive charge with three hits and two RBIs.
After a scoreless first inning, the Frogs opened the game up in the second, scoring five runs on five hits. Huffman started the inning with a single to left. After an out, Matt Carpenter singled and advanced on an error. Spencer Jackson put the Frogs on the board with a two-RBI single. After a double from Stuart Musslewhite and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, Andrew Walker delivered the big hit of the game with a bases-clearing triple to make it 5-0.
The Frogs tacked on another run in the third with three consecutive hits to start the inning. Huffman started the inning with a double down the left field line and scored on a Carpenter base hit. A Shelby Ford home run in the fourth gave TCU a commanding 7-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles picked up an unearned run in the top of the fifth. Beau Griffin reached with a leadoff base hit and eventually scored on a balk to make it 7-1.
TCU pushed the lead to nine runs in the sixth, scoring three times on three hits. The big blow was delivered by Huffman's second double of the game that scored two runs, ending Preseason Conference USA Pitcher of the Year, Patrick Ezell's night. Austin Adams greeted Will Matlock with a single to round out TCU's scoring for the night.
Southern Miss began to mount their comeback in the eighth, scoring five runs on three hits. Will Skelton walked the first two batters he faced. A Brad Willcutt double sent them home. After another RBI-single, pinch-hitter Kevin Coker sent a two-run homer over the left field fence to make it 10-6.
In the top of the ninth, the Golden Eagles scored three times but Chad Underwood bore down and struck out Griffin to end the game and pick up his first save of the season.
The Frogs (13-6, 1-0 C-USA) and the Golden Eagles (12-4, 0-1 C-USA) will meet for game two on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m. Brad Furnish will take the mound and face Mike Cashion.