Frogs Set School Record For Wins In A Season, Stay Alive in Regionals
June 5, 2004
Austin, Texas - The Horned Frogs stayed alive in the 2004 NCAA Regionals as they came back to defeat the Youngstown State Penguins, 12-8 at Disch-Falk Field in Austin. The win was their 39th of the season, setting a new mark in TCU's record book. The old record of 38 wins was set in 1994. Chris Neuman was 3-for-5 at the plate and drove in the winning runs with a home run in the sixth inning as the Frogs put up six runs to come back from a 7-3 deficit.
TCU dodged a bullet in the first inning as Youngstown State made a bid for an early run. With a runner on third base, Charles Schultz hit a deep fly ball to right field that appeared to plate Brandon Caipen with the first run of the game. A heads-up play on the infield erased the run as they realized the runner left early.
The Frogs carried the momentum into the second inning as they took advantage of some infield miscues by the Penguins. Austin Adams got the inning started with a double to left center. Shelby Ford moved Adams to third with a base hit and Neuman drove him in for the first run of the game. Ford and Neuman executed a double steal to get the Frogs second run of the game. An error by the third baseman allowed Neuman to score, giving the Frogs a 3-0 lead.
The Penguins tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. Jim Phillips hit a lead-off home run over the left field fence. After a quick out, the Penguins picked up two base hits and a walk to load the bases, ending Chase Perry's day. Andrew Allar came on and got Justin Banks to fly out to shallow center, but Adam Cox delivered a two-out base hit that tied the game.
Youngstown State broke the tie in the bottom of the fourth as they plated three runs on five hits. The first four batters reached base for the Penguins. Kendall Schlabach gave the Penguins the lead with a base knock and Caipen made it 5-3 before Ryan Weems was able to record an out. Another run would cross the plate before Robbie Findlay came on and stopped the bleeding, retiring the only two batters he faced in the inning.
The Frogs bats finally came alive in the sixth inning as they scored six runs on four hits. D.J. Pokluda ignited the inning by drawing a lead-off walk. Bo Cogbill drove in the first run of the inning with a base hit and Chad Huffman delivered a one-out double to get the Frogs within two, 7-5. Austin Adams tied the game with a double. Neuman untied the game with one swing of the bat as he slammed his 12th home run of the season over the right field fence. After six, the Frogs led 9-7.
The Penguins would pick up another run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Frogs responded, scoring three times in the eighth. Kyle Dahlberg singled home two runs and Ramon Moses drew a bases loaded walk to account for the final score, 12-8.
Findlay (6-1)pitched 5.2 innings out of the bullpen, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out four and walking one.