Frogs Score Upset Victory Over No. 8 Baylor, 2-1 In 11 Innings
April 19, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - Baylor third baseman Kevin Russo threw the ball away in the bottom of the 11th inning allowing Ryan Pack to race home with the game-winning run. The Frogs defeated the No. 8 Baylor Bears 2-1, picking up their first victory over Baylor since March 26, 2002. With the Bears up 1-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, Matt McGuirk connected for his fourth home run of the season to knot the game at one. Lance Broadway came on in the tenth inning to pick up his ninth win of the season.
TCU starter Brad Furnish and Baylor starter Jeff Mandel were locked in a pitcher's dual for the first five innings. Only a leadoff walk to Russo in the second inning came across to score. Russo moved to second on a Furnish wild pitch and advanced to third on a ground out by Mike Pankratz. Furnish's second wild pitch of the inning allowed Russo to race home with the Bears only run of the game.
The Frogs best chance to score came in the fifth inning when Shelby Ford singled to start the inning, but was erased on a double play ball off the bat of Keith Conlon. J.J. Estrada tried to get something started with a two-out single and moved to third on an Andrew Walker base knock. Mandel bore down and got Matt Carpenter to ground out to end the inning.
Furnish worked out of a couple of jams in his eight innings of work. Michael Griffin smoked a leadoff double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt to start the third inning. Furnish the induced a pop up to shallow left and got Reid Brees to groundout to end the inning. He worked out of a first-and-third jam in the sixth inning. In his final two innings of work, he allowed a single and struck out two.
Shawn Ferguson worked a scoreless ninth inning, setting up McGuirk's heroics in the bottom of the ninth. With one of the Bears top pitchers in Ryan LaMotta on the mound, McGuirk jumped on a 0-1 change up and hit it off the scoreboard to knot the game at one. The home run broke a streak of 28.2 scoreless innings pitched by LaMotto and the first one he allowed all season.
With two on and one out in the top of the 10th, Lance Broadway came out of the pen to shut down the Bears offense. He faced six batters in 1.2 innings of work striking out two and walking one to set up the game-winning 11th frame.
Austin Adams drew a two-out walk off of Abe Woody. Pinch-runner Ryan Pack came on and moved to second on a wild pitch. Chad Huffman hit a ground ball right to the third baseman Russo, who fielded the ball cleanly, but saw his throw skip past the first baseman, allowing Pack to race home from second with the game-winning run.
The Frogs (25-12) will hit the road for the second straight weekend as they head to Charlotte, N.C. for a three-game series with the Charlotte 49ers. Game one is slated for a 5:00 p.m. (CDT) start on Friday night.