Frogs Hang On, Top Florida Atlantic 11-10
Feb. 18, 2005
Boca Raton, Fla. - The No. 23 TCU Horned Frogs saw an 11-1 lead slip away in the late innings against Florida Atlantic and had to hold on for the 11-10 win in game one of a three game series. Shawn Ferguson came on with two outs in the bottom of the eighth with the go-ahead runs on base and shut the door, striking out four of the five batters he faced. Andrew Walker was 4-for-5 at the plate with two home runs and four runs driven in.
The Frogs put a four spot up in the first inning on Owl starter Will Mann, tagging him with two home runs. Walker hit a three-run shot high over the left field fence that plated Chad Huffman and Shelby Ford. Austin Adams followed Walker's shot with one of his own to straight away center field.
The Frogs would leave the bases loaded in the third, but picked up a run in the fourth as Stuart Musslewhite drew a lead-off walk and scored on a Huffman double to push the lead to five, 6-1. A home run off the bat of Ryan Pack pushed the lead to 7-1.
The Frogs scored their final runs of the contest in the top of the seventh, pushing across four runs on three hits. Walker delivered his second home run of the contest with one out in the inning. Adams was hit by the pitch, ending reliever, Jason Costello's, night. Matt Carpenter greeted Chris Eberhart with a sharp single through the right side and Dahlberg followed it up with a home run to left, making it 11-1.
The Owls began to mount their comeback in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs on three hits. Lance Broadway had been cruising, allowing only three hits over the first six innings, but ran into trouble in the seventh. Bobby Diliberto struck out, but reached on a wild pitch. Following a line-out, Alex Silversmith drew a walk, ending Broadway's night. The Owls jumped all over reliever Tyler Kersten, collecting three straight hits, including a bases-loaded triple off the bat of Mike McBryde. Kersten bore down and left McBryde stranded at third striking out two of the next three batters.
More trouble greeted the Frogs in the eighth as the Owls scored five runs, all unearned, on two hits and three errors. Brian Lipman's two-out double off of reliever Chad Underwood made the score 11-10. Ferguson came on with runners on first and second and struck out Diliberto to end the inning.
TCU squandered a one out base hit in the ninth, leaving the score at 11-10. After walking Robbie Widlansky to lead off the inning, Ferguson struck out the next three batters to nail down his first save of the season.
Broadway picked up his second win in as many starts, following 6.1 innings pitch. He allowed three runs on three hits, struck out eight and walked two.
The Frogs return to action against the Owls on Saturday night in game two of the series. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. (EST). Sam Demel will hit the mound and will face Mike Crotta.