Frogs Take Series Opener Over Memphis, 10-2
April 15, 2005
Memphis, Tenn. - The No. 30 TCU Horned Frog baseball team jumped into a tie for first place in Conference USA with a series-opening victory over the Memphis Tigers. The Frogs pounded out 13 hits in the contest, including three home runs. Keith Conlon had a monster day at the plate as he was a perfect 5-for-5 with three RBI. Matt McGuirk continued his clutch hitting as well, driving in five runs for the second consecutive game and homering for his third straight contest.
After a scoreless first inning, the Frogs wasted no time jumping out to an early lead in the second inning. J.J. Estrada connected for his fifth home run of the season, sending it sailing over the left field fence. TCU starter Lance Broadway sent the Tigers down in order in the bottom of the inning preserving the 1-0 lead after two innings of play.
In the third inning, the Frogs played long ball, blistering two home runs to give them a commanding 6-0 lead. Kyle Dahlberg led off the inning with a double, followed by a single by Stuart Musslewhite. McGuirk cleared the bases, homering for the third time in as many games. Memphis starter Daniel de Armas plunked Chad Huffman on the back and Conlon made it hurt with his second home run of the season.
The Tigers pushed a run across the plate in the bottom of the third. Two infield singles and a double led to the Tigers run. Broadway battled back and got Memphis' leading hitter, Ryan Martin to ground out to Spencer Jackson at first to strand two runners.
After three scoreless innings, the Frogs broke through in the sixth, plating two runs on two hits. Spencer Jackson drew a one-out walk and moved to third on Dahlberg's second double of the game. De Armas picked up a huge strikeout, but McGuirk continued his torrid hitting, drilling a single up the middle to plate the two runs, giving the Frogs an 8-1 lead.
A two-out error by Memphis center fielder, K.K. Chalmers, proved costly as the Frogs scored two unearned runs in the eighth inning. McGuirk scored on the error on a ball laced to center field off the bat of Estrada that Chalmers dropped. Conlon delivered his fifth hit of the contest, a line drive double off the right field fence that plated Estrada with the Frogs tenth run of the game.
Broadway gave way to Jake Friemel in the eighth inning. Broadway went seven innings, allowing a run on six hits. He walked three and struck out eight en route to his eighth victory of the season. Friemel pitched the final two innings for TCU, picking up two strikeouts. He allowed just one unearned run on one hit.
The Frogs (23-11, 10-3) and the Tigers will square off in game two on Saturday afternoon at Nat Buring Stadium. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m. with Tim McGough getting the starting nod for the Frogs. He will be facing the Tigers' Nick Bradshaw.