UAB Stops Frogs, 20-10
May 8, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs lost just their second conference game of the season at home as they fell to the UAB Blazers, 20-10, Saturday night. An eight-run second inning propelled the Blazers to the victory. Bo Cogbill was the offensive highlight for the Frogs as he was 2-for-5 with four RBI. He also made his first appearance of the season on the mound, striking out the side.
The Blazers got the scoring started early as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on the strength of a Nathan McCorkle home run.
The Frogs (29-18, 15-8 C-USA) answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring six runs on four hits and three Blazer errors. Ramon Moses extended his hit streak to 12 games with a lead-off single. Two batters latter, the Frogs had cut the deficit to one on a Chad Huffman RBI-single. Cogbill reached on an error to drive in the tying run. J.J. Estrada delivered the big hit of the inning, as he singled with the bases loaded, scoring two runs. The second error of the inning by the left fielder cleared the bases and moved Estrada to second. After one inning, TCU led 6-2.
The Blazers mounted an attack in the second inning as they sent 13 men to the plate and scored eight times on nine hits. A bases-loaded double off the bat of Eugene Rodriguez pulled the Blazers within one, 6-5. UAB eventually took the lead, scoring five more runs before Andrew Allar came on to collect the final out of the inning.
TCU got two runs back in the bottom of the inning as the first four batters reached base, ending Blazer starter Adam Price's night. Chris Neuman and Cogbill each drove in a run in the inning, but Jacob Legg halted the offense in relief.
The TCU offense was unable to get to Legg as he kept the Frogs off balance for the next seven innings. The Frogs were able to collect only two hits over those innings, while UAB continued to build its lead.
The Blazers put together a four-run fourth inning and a five run sixth inning to build their lead to 19-8.
TCU pushed across two runs in the bottom of the ninth on the strength of a Cogbill's third home run of the season to account for the final of 20-10.
The two teams will square off in the rubber game on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.