Texas State Sweeps Doubleheader
Feb. 15, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs fell behind 4-0 in both games en route to being swept by Texas State in the doubleheader on Sunday at Lupton Stadium. Texas State took game one in ten innings by a 7-4 score and routed the Frogs in game two, 6-2. Freshman German Duran stood out in the doubleheader, going a combined 5-for-8 with two runs batted in.
In game one, the Bobcats tagged starter Robbie Findlay for four runs in the first two innings, before Eugene Espineli came on in relief to shut them down. The Frogs rallied to tie the score, scoring single runs in the third, fourth, sixth, and eighth innings.
TCU finally cracked the scoreboard in the third. Ramon Moses led off the inning with a base hit to right and scored on a Shelby Ford double to make the score 4-1. In the fourth, shortstop German Duran drilled the first pitch of the inning over the right-center fence, but the Frogs couldn't muster anymore offense in the inning.
Duran once again ignited the offense in the sixth inning as he led off the inning with a base hit and advanced to second on a fielding error by left fielder Matt Miller. An errant throw on a pickoff attempt by Bobcat pitcher Michael Gultz sent Duran to third with one out. Gultz allowed Duran to score when he threw a pitch to Kyle Dahlberg to the backstop and TCU was within one, 4-3 after six innings. J.J. Estrada tied the game in the eighth with the Frogs second lead-off home run of the game, this one to dead center.
Espineli kept the Frogs in the game as he shut down the Bobcat offense, allowing no hits in six innings of work and striking out six. Chad Underwood kept the game tied in the ninth, but the Frogs couldn't push across the winning run in the bottom of the inning, sending the game to extra innings for the second time in three games.
The Bobcats jumped all over Underwood in the tenth as relief pitcher Dominic Ramos led off the inning with a single. After a sacrifice and a groundout, Matt Miller dropped in a bloop single to center, scoring Ramos with the go-ahead run. The Bobcats picked up two more runs in the inning and TCU went quietly in the bottom of the inning and Texas State won 7-4.
In the night cap, the two teams were locked in a pitcher's dual until the fourth inning. Duran dropped a pop fly to start the inning and Evan Tierce smoked a triple to left to give the Bobcats an early advantage. Kyle Anson hit a two-run shot to right, giving the 'Cats a 4-0 lead after four innings.
The Frogs put together a threat in the bottom of the inning as they had runners at first and third with one out, but Estrada struck out looking and Dahlberg grounded out, stranding the runners. TCU finally dented the scoreboard in the sixth as Duran and Bo Cogbill hooked up to score a two-run, pulling within three, 4-1.
In the eighth, the Bobcats tagged relief pitcher Andrew Allar for two runs, to take a commanding 6-1 lead. The Frogs got one back in the bottom of the inning as Texas State committed two consecutive errors. Duran picked up an RBI-single, driving in Chad Huffman with the Frogs second run of the game. But that would be as close as the game would get and Texas State finished the sweep.
Clayton Jerome (0-1) pitched five innings in his second start of the season, allowing four runs (one earned), on five hits, striking out five and walking one. Ryan Weems retired all six batters he faced in two relief innings and Zach Duncan picked up two strikeouts in the ninth.
The Frogs are back in action on Tuesday when they head to Arlington to face metroplex rival Texas-Arlington. Game time at Clay Gould Ballpark is set for 3 p.m. TEXAS STATE SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER
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