Shelby Ford's 10th Inning Home Run Leads Frogs To 7-6 Victory
April 17, 2004
Tampa, Fla. - The TCU Horned Frogs needed one more inning to defeat the USF Bulls on Sunday as Shelby Ford hit the game-winning home run in the tenth to give TCU a 7-6 victory. The Frogs fell behind early in the game, but stormed back to win the game, ending their five-game road losing streak. Four Frogs had multi-hit games, while three different hitters collected two RBI.
The Frogs found themselves in a 2-0 hole after the first inning. Things could have been worse, but for a great relay on a double by Brian Baisley that right fielder Bo Cogbill corralled and relayed to Ramon Moses and on to Kyle Dahlberg erased the Bulls third run of the inning and got TCU out of the inning with limited damage.
TCU cut the Bull lead in half in the third to pull within one, 2-1. Moses smoked a one-out double to deep center. Ford wasted no time as he took the first pitch he saw from Kyle Schmidt and delivered it to right field to plate Moses.
TCU grabbed their first lead of the game in the fourth inning. Cogbill led the inning off with a walk and German Duran delivered his 11th double of the season, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Kenny Thompson delivered the big hit for TCU, singling through the left side and driving in two runs to give the Frogs a 3-2 lead. The Bulls would tie the game in the bottom of the inning.
Once again, TCU regained the lead in the sixth inning, taking advantage of a Bull error to plate the go-ahead run. The Frogs got the lead-off man for the fourth time in six innings as Duran collected his second hit. After a walk to Thompson, Dahlberg bunted down the first base line. USF first baseman Jeff Baisley threw the ball into right field, allowing Duran to score from second. The Frogs would load the bases, but Bulls starter Schmidt was able to work out of the jam, but TCU had a 4-3 lead.
TCU stretched the lead in the eighth, picking up two insurance runs. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Moses delivered a two-run single to left to give TCU a 6-3 lead.
USF tied the game in the bottom of the inning as they sent pinch hitter Nick Cardieri to the plate with two men on. Cardieri delivered, sending the pitch sailing over the right field fence.
TCU had a chance to push across the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth as they had runners at the corners with no outs, but a great play by USF short stop Myron Leslie erased the Frogs runner at third and the threat. Robbie Findlay retired the side in the ninth sending the game to extra innings.
With one swing of the bat in the top of the 10th, Shelby Ford untied the game with a solo shot over the scoreboard just beyond the right field fence and the Frogs had a 7-6 lead. Findlay shut down the Bulls in the bottom of the inning to pick up his first win of the season.
Clayton Jerome pitched 7.1 innings for the Frogs but left after giving up the home run to Cardieri. Jerome struck out five and walked four in his 11th start of the year.
TCU improves to 21-15 overall and 8-6 in Conference USA action. TCU and USF will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m. CST.