Frogs Shut Out UT-Pan American 8-0 In Front Of Record Crowd
April 27, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 28 TCU Horned Frogs defeated UT-Pan American 8-0 in front of record crowd of 3,251 fans. Five different pitchers combined in the three-hit shutout effort to help Zach Ashwood to his second career victory. TCU used two-three run innings to bury the Broncs for its fourth straight victory and improved its home record to 19-4. Bo Cogbill led the offensive charge with a 3-for-4 day at the plate as the Frogs pounded out 14 hits in the game.
The Broncs had some decent scoring opportunities in two of the first three innings, but Ashwood was able to work out of every jam, putting zeroes up in his five innings of work. Following the third inning, only three Broncs reached base, once on a walk to open the seventh inning, on wild pitch and via the walk. The Frogs turned two double plays and stranded the other runner to preserve the shutout.
UTPA starter Ryne Foster had the Frogs off balance the first time through the order. Matt McGuirk was the only Frog to record a hit through three innings and he was erased on a double play ball to end the second inning.
The bats finally came alive in the fourth inning as they plated three runs on three hits. Stuart Musslewhite was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning. After a Shelby Ford sacrifice moved him to second, Chad Huffman drove him in with a double to right center. Keith Conlon followed Huffman's double with a single and both came around to score on McGuirk's double to make it a 3-0 contest.
Another three-run inning in the fifth gave the Frogs some breathing room. Cogbill and Kyle Dahlberg opened up the inning with singles and advanced 90 feet on a Musslewhite sacrifice. Ford drove them home with his first hit of the game, a double to the gap in left center. Huffman singled to drive home Ford, but was erased trying to advance on the throw.
The final two runs came home in the eighth inning for TCU. Pinch-hitter Ryan Pack broke a 0-for-16 slump with a double to right center and scored on a Spencer Jackson pinch-hit single. Jackson scored the Frogs final run of the game on Cogbill's third hit of the game.
Ashwood improved to 2-0 with five strong innings. He allowed three hits, one walk and struck out four. Omar Arif, Chase Perry, Chad Underwood and Shawn Ferguson each pitched an inning of scoreless relief to preserve the shutout victory.
TCU (29-13) will stay home, as they get ready to host the Houston Cougars in a pivotal three-game Conference USA series beginning Friday night. The series opener is set for 7:00 p.m. at Lupton Stadium on Friday night.