Florida Atlantic Shuts Down Frogs, 3-1
Feb. 19, 2005
Boca Raton, Fla. - The No. 23 TCU Horned fell to Florida Atlantic, 3-1, in game two of the three-game series on Saturday night at FAU Field. Owl pitchers kept the Frog offense off balance all night, limiting TCU to just one run on six hits, while striking out 15 batters. The Frog bullpen shined in the their three innings of work, allowing only two hits and striking out three.
For the second straight game, the Frogs cracked the scoreboard first. Andrew Walker continued his hot hitting, lacing a lead-off single through the left side. After two straight fly outs, Spencer Jackson delivered with his first career hit - a double to left field that scored Walker from first to give the Frogs a 1-0 lead.
The Owls tied the game in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of a lead-off walk. Jordan Hafer moved around the bases on a pair of groundouts and scored, unearned, on a passed ball by Walker to tie the game, 1-1.
Following the second inning, Sam Demel and Mike Crotta settled into a good old fashioned pitchers dual, matching each other pitch for pitch. Following Jackson's double, Crotta sent down 11 of the next 13 batters he faced, allowing only two walks.
FAU kept the pressure on, getting the lead off man on in the fourth, but a good pickup at first by Jackson turned into a double play and after a two-out single, Demel struck out Alex Silversmith to end the inning.
Trouble struck in the fifth for Demel and the Frogs as Jonathon Shapland hit a lead-off double. Shortstop Gabby Casanova reached on an error to move Shapland to third with no outs. Demel was called for a balk, pushing across the tying run. TCU limited the damage in the inning as Demel induced a groundball and made the Owls pay for a base running mistake by cutting down the insurance run at the plate.
The Owls picked up the insurance run in the sixth inning as Brian Lipman drew a lead-off walk. A base hit move Lipman to third and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. Chad Underwood came on in relief, but Silversmith delivered the sacrifice fly to put FAU up 3-1. Shelby made a great play on a ball deep in the hole at second to start an inning-ending double play.
The Frogs were unable to muster anymore offense in the game as Mickey Storey and Mike McBryde shut TCU down the rest of the way.
Demel (0-1) struck out seven in his five innings of work, while walking five. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits. Shawn Ferguson came on and got the final out of the eighth to hold the lead at two.
TCU and FAU will play the rubber match of the series on Sunday in a 1:00 start time at FAU Field. Tim McGough will get the call on the mound for TCU.