Frogs Fall In Series Opener, 5-2
May 20, 2005
New Orleans, La. - The Frogs dropped the first game of a doubleheader to the No. 1 Tulane Green Wave, 5-2 Saturday afternoon. Tulane and Brian Bogusevic held the Frogs to just two runs on four hits. With the win, the Green Wave assured themselves of the Conference USA regular season championship. Chad Huffman was the star at the plate for the Frogs as he went 2-for-4 with a home run, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
After falling behind 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, the Frogs put together a two-out rally to knot the game at one. Bo Cogbill got the rally started, working a 0-2 count full to draw the first walk of the game for the Frogs. On the first pitch to the next batter, Cogbill stole second base. Getting his first start since April 15, Spencer Jackson delivered, lacing a single to right field, plating Cogbill from second.
The tie wouldn't hold as the Green Wave loaded the bases in the bottom of the second with no outs. After a walk to Matt Barket, TCU starter Tim McGough's (6-3) day was over. A bloop single off the bat of Joe Holland broke the 1-1 tie and a Nathan Southard sacrifice fly gave the Green Wave a 3-1 lead. Reliever Sam Demel kept the damage minimal as he struck out Bogusevic to leave the bases loaded.
Tulane extended its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Southard home run and Bogusevic settled into a groove retiring nine of his next 11 batters faced.
Chad Huffman broke the streak with a long home run in the top of the sixth inning, his career-high 10th of the season. TCU couldn't muster any more offense in the inning as Bogusevic struck out the side to hold the 4-2 lead.
Demel kept the Frogs in the game, pitching six strong innings of relief, allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked only one batter, which was an intentional pass in the seventh inning.
Following the home run by Huffman, Bogusevic was lights out. He retired the final 12 batters he faced, striking out seven in that stretch.
With the loss, the Frogs fall to 36-17 on the season and 19-9 in Conference USA play.