Frogs Take Advantage Of Errors To Defeat USF, 9-4
April 8, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs remained undefeated on Friday nights as they won their third straight game, defeating USF, 9-4. Lance Broadway pitched seven innings for his seventh win of the season, but saw his consecutive-innings streak without allowing an earned run come to an end at 36.2. Matt Carpenter broke a 5-3 contest open in the seventh inning with a two run single. The Bulls committed six errors, which led to five unearned runs scored by the Frogs.
TCU opened the scoring up in the first inning, scoring three times on two USF errors. Chad Huffman drilled a one-out single off USF starter Casey Hudspeth's lower leg to start the rally. Austin Adams extended his hit streak to eight games with another single. With two outs in the inning, USF shortstop Jeremy Brand booted a ball, which allowed two TCU runs to score. A Carpenter single made it 3-0 after one inning.
The Bulls ended Broadway's streak in the fourth inning, picking up a run on three hits. The damage could have been worse as the Bulls collected three straight hits to open the inning, but Broadway struck out the final two batters of the inning to keep it a 3-1 contest.
The Frogs answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth on three USF errors. Spencer Jackson reached on an error to open the inning and came around to score on an error by third baseman Jeff Baisley. Brand's third error of the game cost the Bulls another run as the Frogs built the lead to 5-1.
USF got the two runs back in the top of the fifth. An RBI double by Bryan Hierlmeier and a Jeff Baisley single made it a 5-3 contest.
The Frogs finally broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh. J.J. Estrada drew a lead-off walk and moved to third on a Keith Conlon double. With the infield drawn in, Carpenter laced a single into center field, scoring two runs.
A two-run eighth inning highlighted by a Conlon two-run triple to dead center made it 9-4 TCU.
Chad Underwood pitched the final two innings, allowing an unearned run on just one hit. He struck out three in his two innings of work and retired the last four batters he faced.
The Frogs (20-10, 7-3) and the Bulls (20-15, 7-2) return to the diamond on Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 p.m. game. Brad Furnish will go for the Frogs and face USF's Daniel Thomas.