East Carolina Evens Series With 10-5 Victory
April 2, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs dropped a 10-5 decision Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium to the East Carolina Pirates. A five run top of the ninth for the Pirates put the game out of reach for the Frogs. TCU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Pirates rallied to score 10 straight runs and held the Frogs hitless after the second inning until the ninth inning. Chad Huffman led the Frogs at the plate with a two hit contest and his fourth home run of the season.
TCU jumped out early in the first inning, taking advantage of a one-out walk to Shelby Ford. After a Huffman base hit moved Ford to third, Austin Adams delivered with a two-out single to put the Frogs up 1-0.
Andrew Walker made it 2-0 TCU with his team-leading sixth home run of the season to lead off the second inning.
In the third, the Pirates rallied to tie the game at two. A two-out double by Ryan Peisel made it 2-1 as Harrison Eldridge trotted home from third. Brian Cavanaugh tied the game with a single that scored Mark Minicozzi.
ECU pitcher Ricky Brooks settled in after the second inning and didn't allow a hit the rest of the outing. TCU had chances as Brooks was a little wild in the strike zone. He had runners on in every inning, but the Frogs were unable to get a clutch hit to break through.
Peisel broke the 2-2 tie in the fifth inning as he smashed a three-run home run off of TCU starter, Brad Furnish (3-3) to take a 5-2 lead. Chad Underwood came on to get the final out of the fifth inning.
The Pirates broke the game open in the top of the ninth inning, scoring five times on four hits and an error. The big blow came off the bat of Cavanaugh who roped a two-run triple to right center. Omar Arif retired the final two batters of the inning.
The Frogs tried to mount a rally in the bottom of the ninth. After a quick out, Stuart Musslewhite legged out an infield single and raced to third on a single by Ford. Huffman cleared the bases with his fourth home run of the season to make it a 10-5 contest, but Kevin Rhodes settled down to retire the last two batters he faced.
The Frogs (17-10, 5-3) will try for their third straight series win on Sunday afternoon. Tim McGough will make his first conference start of the season and face the Pirates Scott Andrews at 1:00 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.