Frogs Dominate In 12-3 Victory Over UT-Arlington
May 3, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The Horned Frogs were able to close out their non-conference schedule on a high note Tuesday night by handling their Metroplex rival UT-Arlington, 12-3. TCU was plagued by errors in the beginning of the game, but was able to turn it around, thanks to a six-run outburst in the second inning and even stronger performance from senior shortstop, Stuart Musslewhite.
The Mavs took an early lead in the first inning, when third baseman Shelby Ford overthrew first base, sending two unearned runs across the plate. The Frogs responded in the first with a Chad Huffman RBI-single up the middle, that plated Musslewhite who drew a lead-off walk.
In the second, another error led to a run as Matt Carpenter's wild throw gave the opposition extra bases. UTA took the 3-1 lead into the bottom of the second inning, but it would not last as the Frogs exploded in the second inning.
The Frogs came alive in the second inning with a barrage of hits. Andrew Walker's double to left field brought J.J. Estrada home with the Frogs second run of the for the first of Walker two RBIs on the night. Musslewhite hit his first of two doubles, adding on two more runs and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Keith Conlon singled up the middle, bringing in Musslewhite and Huffman. When all was said and done, the Horned Frogs left the inning with 6 runs on 6 hits and one error, taking a commanding 7-3 lead.
In the fifth inning, Musslewhite continued to swing a hot bat, hitting another crushing double to left center, bringing in two runs. A single in the sixth gave Musslewhite his career-high fifth and final RBI for the night.
After a tough first two innings, the TCU defense was able to shutout the Mavericks for the rest of the night. Starting pitcher Sam Demel (4-4) allowed only three runs (one earned) on five hits in his seven innings on the mound. UTA's starter Michael Gardner (3-6) was given the loss, after giving up four walks and eight earned runs in his 5 innings. His replacement, Jeremiah Haar, did not fare any better, giving up two more runs and three hits in the remaining three innings.
The win gives TCU (32-14) a record of 5-1 on its season-long six-game homestand and gives them momentum as they hit the road to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats. The three game series is set to begin Friday night at 5:30 p.m. when Lance Broadway will go for win No. 11 on the season.