Sam Houston State Hands Frogs 12-6 Loss
Feb. 22, 2005
Huntsville, Texas - The No. 24 TCU Horned Frogs suffered a 12-6 loss at the hands of the Sam Houston State Bearkats Tuesday afternoon at Holleman Field. The Frogs used seven pitchers in the loss, each one giving up at least one run in the game. Shelby Ford had an outstanding day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a home run and four runs driven in. The Bearkats scored seven times in their last two at-bats to break open a 5-4 game.
The Frogs got the scoring started in the third inning as Ryan Pack delivered his team-high third home run of the season sailing over the left center field fence to give the Frogs the early 1-0 lead.
The Bearkats responded in the bottom of the inning, plating two runs on two hits. Adam Perry drew a lead-off walk and scored on a Ryan Trevino double to knot the game at one. Jonathan Stone put the Bearkats in front with a two-out single.
TCU wasted no time regaining the lead as Andrew Walker led off the fourth with a base knock and scored on Ford's first long ball of the season, giving TCU a 3-2 lead. The Frogs threatened for more, but Bearkat reliever Marcus Thornton came on to end the threat. The Frogs pushed across another run in the fifth to make it 4-2 when Ford smoked a two-out single that plated Matt McGuirk.
Sam Houston State regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth as they scored three times on just two hits. Lance Broadway, in relief of Zach Ashwood, hit Trevino to open the inning and two hitters later the base were loaded with no outs. Kolin Hatfield turned an 0-2 count into a walk to make it a 4-3 game. Jose Salazar then singled up the middle to put the Bearkats in front 5-4. Chad Underwood came on with the bases loaded and got Perry to line into an inning-ending double play.
A five run seventh inning by the Bearkats put the game out of reach. TCU sent three pitchers to the mound, but couldn't stop the bleeding as they pounded out two home runs in the inning, the big blast coming off the bat of Isaias Garcia, who drilled a three-run shot to make it 10-4.
TCU threatened to have a big inning in the eighth as they had two on and one out, but could only manage one run on a J.J. Estrada single that plated Ford to make it 10-5.
The Bearkats bats stayed hot in bottom of the eighth as they scored two more runs to effectively put the game out of reach. Ford knocked in TCU's sixth run of the game in the ninth, but the Frogs were unable to put together a rally.
Ashwood got his first career start. He went 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Broadway (2-1) was the losing pitcher as he gave up three runs in just 1.2 innings of work. He walked four and struck out three.
The Frogs return home to begin a seven-game homestand this Thursday. The Frogs will face Dallas Baptist in a three-game series this weekend at Lupton Stadium. First pitch on Thursday will be at 7:00 p.m.