Schlossnagle Picks Up Victory In First Game At TCU
Feb. 5, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The 2004 Horned Frogs started off the 2004 with a thriller at Lupton Stadium Thursday night, winning 13-12 over Dallas Baptist. With a three run lead heading into the ninth, the Dallas Baptist Patriots rallied to tie the game, but the Frogs were able to pull it out in the tenth to pick up their first victory of the season. Chad Huffman was 3-for-4 with two RBI's in his collegiate debut.
Dallas Baptist jumped out to an early 6-1 lead after two and a half innings of work, tagging starting pitcher Robbie Findlay for six runs on eight hits. The Frogs lone run came on a first-inning home run by Chad Huffman, who connected in his first collegiate at-bat.
The Frogs offense came alive in the third inning as they began their comeback. Ramon Moses was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning and after a Shelby Ford single the Frogs were in business with runners on first and second. Huffman continued his hot streak singling in Moses. German Duran collected a two-out single, plating Ford and after three innings, the Frogs trailed 6-3.
Andrew Allar came on in relief in the fourth inning and put up the first zero on the scoreboard, setting up the Frogs comeback. Austin Adams drew a lead off walk to start the inning and advanced to third on a Moses double. Patriots pitcher Jeff Gilmore loaded the bases when he hit Ford with a pitch. Patriot short stop Ben Zobrist booted a ball of the bat of Huffman, plating two runs and pulling the Frogs within one. Chris Neuman gave the Frogs their first lead of the game with a triple to right, driving in Ford and Huffman and after four innings, the Frogs led 7-6.
Allar found himself in a jam in the fifth inning as he had runners on first and second with one out. Eugene Espineli got the call from the bullpen and struck out the next two batters he faced, preserving the lead. Sean Stephens pushed the lead to two with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the fifth inning and TCU lead 8-6 after five.
DBU reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Drew Noss got a lead off hit to start the rally and after a walk and a sacrifice, scored on an Espineli wild pitch. Ryan Olivo hustled on a groundout off the bat of Daniel Magness, scoring from second to give the Patriots a 9-8 lead.
The Frogs battled back in their half of the inning, scoring three of their own runs. Huffman continued his hot-streak, finding his way on base for the fourth straight time. After another Moses double, the Frogs were in business. Tyler Rowland balked sending Huffman to the plate with the tying run. Two more runs crossed the plate in the inning, putting TCU up by two, 11-9. The Frogs tacked on another run in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead to three, 12-9.
DBU didn't go quietly in the night as they rallied for three runs in the ninth off of Zach Duncan. Adams came up with a huge defensive play for the Frogs, throwing out the go-ahead run at the plate to end the inning after a Ned Yost game-tying single off of Ryan Weems.
The Frogs were in business in the bottom of the tenth as Aaron Mitchell loaded the bases with no outs. Bo Cogbill collected a pinch hit to lead off tenth inning and an error by Cody Montgomery put runners at a first and third. After an intentional walk to Kyle Dahlberg, Moses hit a sacrifice fly to left, plating pinch runner Kenny Thompson with the game-winning run.
"I was real proud of our guys for battling the way they did," said Jim Schlossnagle. "We expended a lot of pitching, so we're going to need some guys to step up. Dallas Baptist has an outstanding team."
The Horned Frogs will return to the diamond on Friday as the Frogs and the Patriots will square off in the second-game of the series. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.