Frogs Rally Comes Up Short, Fall To Louisville 9-5
May 14, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The Louisville Cardinals jumped out to an early lead after four innings and the Frogs couldn't recover as the Cardinals tied the series at a game apiece with a 9-5 victory. The Frogs hit three home runs in the game, including two in the final two innings. Shelby Ford led the Frogs offensively with two hits, including his seventh home run of the season that drove in two. Sam Demel threw six strong innings of relief, allowing just two runs on three hits and striking out nine.
Isaiah Howes got the scoring started in the first inning, stroking a two-out double to left center, driving in the first two runs of the game. Another two runs crossed the plate in the top of the second to give Louisville a 4-0 lead. The damage was done on a bases loaded walk that ended TCU starter, Tim McGough's (6-2), final home outing of his career. Zach Ashwood came on in relief and induced a sacrifice fly, before getting Logan Johnson to fly out to end the inning.
Keith Conlon extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a solo home run to lead off the third inning, cutting Louisville's lead to 4-1. Following the home run, Louisville starter B.J. Rosenberg got on a roll, retiring 12 of the next 13 batters he faced, including a stretch of seven straight. The only blemish over the four-inning stretch was a single off the bat of Ford.
Louisville kept pushing runs across and built their lead to seven at 8-1. Howes continued his hot hitting with a solo home run to lead off the third inning. Ashwood ran into some trouble in the fourth inning, loading the bases with nobody out and J.T. LaFountain ripped a single up the middle to give the Cardinals a 7-1 lead. Demel came on and retired the final three batters of the inning.
TCU began to mount a rally in the eight. With one out, Ford took a pitch off the backside. Chad Huffman made it count as he connected for his ninth home run of the season to make it an 8-3 contest.
Howes got one of the runs back as he drilled a ball off the center field fence and raced around the bases for an inside the park home run, his second home run of the game.
Ford's two run home run in the bottom of the ninth would be as close as the Frogs would get as they dropped their second Saturday contest in a row.
The Frogs (35-16, 18-8) will try to get the series victory on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Horned Frogs will honor eight seniors prior to game time in their final home game of the 2005 campaign. Brad Furnish will face Louisville's Scott Jenkins.