Frogs Win Fourth Straight, Top USF 7-3
April 9, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs guaranteed themselves their fourth straight Conference USA series win with a 7-3 win over the USF Bulls on Saturday afternoon. The win was TCU's fourth straight and moved them into sole possession of third place in the C-USA standings. Tim McGough (4-0) pitched six strong innings, allowing just two unearned runs on one hit and striking out six. The six innings extended his consecutive innings pitched without giving up an earned to 25 innings. Keith Conlon continued his torrid hitting, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs driven in.
The Bulls took advantage of two Horned Frog errors in the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead. The first two batters of the inning reached on errors. After a sacrifice, first baseman, Brandin Daniel put the Bulls on top with a two-RBI single through the right side. A unique double play on a strikeout and batters interference ended the inning for the Bulls with no more damage.
The Frogs wasted no time tying the game in the bottom of the inning. After a quick out, Conlon drilled a double down the left field line. Matt Carpenter traded places with him, driving Conlon home with the first run of the game for the Frogs. A Bo Cogbill base knock tied the game at two.
The Frogs took the lead in the bottom of the third. With two outs, USF starter Daniel Thomas plunked Chad Huffman and J.J. Estrada on the arm bringing Conlon to the plate. Again, Conlon delivered with a double to deep left center to give the Frogs a 4-2 lead.
Following the second inning McGough was lights out. Only four of his final 15 batters reached base, doing so on two walks, an error and a hit-by-pitch. He retired the last five batters he faced en route to his fourth win of the season.
The Frogs kept pouring on the offense, picking up another run in the fourth on an error by the short stop that allowed Matt Carpenter to score, making it 5-2 TCU. In the fifth inning, Andrew Walker extended the lead to 7-2 with his team-leading eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot that scored Conlon.
The Bulls picked up a run in the seventh inning off of reliever Sam Demel, but would get no more as Demel settled down. Following the RBI-double off the bat of Jeremy Brand, Demel retired seven of the last eight batters he faced to earn his first collegiate save.
The Frogs (21-10, 8-3) will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon. Due to impending inclement weather, game time has been moved up to a Noon start. Brad Furnish will get the call to face the Bulls Blake Tillett.