Frogs Slug Their Way To A Split, Win 27-7
April 23, 2005
Charlotte, N.C. - After a disappointing loss in game one, the TCU Horned Frogs wasted no time putting themselves in position for the split with a nine-run first inning. The offense stayed hot, taking advantage of a windy day at Tom and Lib Phillips field as they hit a record-tying nine home runs to cruise to the 27-7 victory over the Charlotte 49ers in game two. Austin Adams had a monster day at the plate with a 4-for-5 performance that included three home runs, including two in the ninth inning. Lost in the offensive explosion was a strong outing out of the pen by Ryan Nesloney, who pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing just one base hit and striking out three.
Before the Frogs made the first out of the game, they had a 5-0 lead. Keith Conlon was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive Stuart Musslewhite home with the first run of the game. J.J. Estrada cleared the bases with a grand slam over the left center field fence. After a quick out, the Frogs strung together three straight hits to take a 6-0 lead. A sacrifice fly made it 7-0 and Shelby Ford made it 9-0 with his fifth home run of the season.
The 49ers picked up a run on a Mike Ambrose home run in the second. Charlotte starter Matt Landphair put up two consecutive zeros, before the Frogs broke through in the fourth. Conlon joined the home run derby with his fourth of the season. After three, TCU held a 11-1 advantage.
A two run sixth inning by Charlotte made it 11-3, but the Frogs once again increased their lead with two of their own in the top of the seventh. Adams led off the inning with a home run and Chad Huffman drew a bases loaded walk to make it 13-3. The Frogs would leave the bases loaded as 49ers reliever Julian Sides worked out of the jam.
Charlotte made things interesting as they pushed across four runs in the bottom of the inning to make it a 13-7 contest. The 49ers put together five straight two-out hits to score the four runs, but Nesloney came on and after a lead-off double retired the side. He set down the final seven batters he faced in the game.
The Frogs put the game out of reach in the eighth with a five runs on four hits. Huffman hit his eighth home run of the season, a three run shot that scored Adams and Ford.
In the ninth inning, the Frogs exploded for nine more runs on six hits. Again, Adams led off the inning with a home run to left. With the bases loaded, Sides got pinch-hitter Spencer Jackson to bounce back to the box, but the catcher Stephen Harris threw the ball away allowing a run to cross the plate. Andrew Walker delivered the first home run of the inning, a three-run shot that made it 24-7. Bo Cogbill was plunked on the elbow following the home run, bringing up Adams who made it hurt with his second long ball of the inning. Kyle Dahlberg followed the home run with a solo shot of his own to account for the final score.
Tim McGough (6-0) went 6.2 innings allowing seven runs (six earned) on ten hits. He struck out three and walked just one in the win.
The Frogs (26-13, 12-5) will go for their six Conference USA series win of the season on Sunday as the series finale is slated for a 11:00 a.m. (CDT) start. Brad Furnish is likely to be the Frogs starter and he will face Adam Mills for Charlotte.