Frogs Fall In C-USA Tournament Opening Game, 9-5
May 26, 2004
Houston, Texas - The Horned Frogs ran into a hot Houston Cougar team on their home field in the opening game of the Conference USA Tournament. TCU couldn't get the offense going, while the Cougars lit up the scoreboard with 14 hits. All five of the Frogs runs were unearned as the Houston defense made two errors. The lone Frog error cost them the lead and Houston never looked back as they cruised to the 9-5 victory.
The Frogs and the Cougars put up zeroes in the first two innings, but trouble struck in the third inning as the Cougars batted around in the inning, scoring four runs on five hits. Three runs were courtesy of a Thanos Papavasiliou home run to left field and the pitcher Kevin Roberts delivered a two-out single to push across another run to give Houston the early 4-0 lead.
TCU tied the game in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of two Cougar miscues. J.J. Estrada drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on a groundout. Ramon Moses hit a sharp ground ball to the short stop who booted it, allowing Estrada to score from second. Chad Huffman drew a base on balls with two outs and Bo Cogbill doubled to make it 4-2. Chris Neuman struck out, but reached base on a wild pitch, allowing Huffman to score. Austin Adams delivered the game-tying hit to score Cogbill.
Houston picked up three unearned runs in the top of the fourth. The Cougars loaded the bases with two outs, but Shelby Ford kicked the final out of the inning, allowing two runs to score. Rob Johnson kept the inning alive, singling to put the Cougars up three 7-4.
The Cougars extended their lead in the fifth as Matt Farrington ended Jerome's night with a two-run home run to right field. TCU picked up a run in the fifth on a Bo Cogbill sacrifice fly, but still trailed 9-5.
The Frogs looked like they might score in the seventh when Moses worked a lead-off walk. Shelby Ford hit a looping fly ball that the left fielder caught and doubled Moses off first base. Huffman was hit for the 20th time this season and Cogbill delivered his second double of the night, but the Frogs were unable to push across any runs in the inning.
The Frogs got a strong relief outing out of Chase Perry. Perry pitched 4.2 innings of four-hit shutout baseball. He didn't walk anyone and struck out two.
TCU (33-24) will face the eighth-seeded Louisville in an elimination game Thursday at 12:30.