Sam Demel Earns First Career Win, TCU Defeats DBU 15-10
Feb. 26, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 24 TCU Horned Frogs jumped out to the early lead and held on for the 15-10 victory in game one of the split doubleheader on Saturday. Sam Demel pitched brilliantly in his seven innings of work as he allowed only three runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out a career-high seven batters. J.J. Estrada drove in four for the Frogs and Kyle Dahlberg drove in three in the win.
TCU came out swinging, picking up five runs in the first inning on six hits. Ryan Pack led off the game with a walk and stole second. Andrew Walker singled to drive in the first run of the game. Shelby Ford drilled a ball off the calf of Dallas Baptist starter, Stuart Sutherland, ending his day. After a quick out, Estrada connected on his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to give the Frogs a 4-0 lead. A Stuart Musslewhite double plated the last run of the inning.
Following the big inning, both pitchers settled in. DBU reliever Barrett Pliler set down 10 in a row following Musslewhite's double and Demel faced only one batter over the minimum over the next five innings. A lead-off walk in the second for Dallas Baptist came home when Matt Tucker grounded into a double play, making it 5-1 TCU.
The Frogs broke the game open in the fifth as they sent 11 men to the plate, scoring six times on seven hits. Pinch-hitter Jerid Buttell led off the inning with a base knock. Chad Huffman drove in the first run of the inning with a one-out single. TCU loaded the bases and Dahlberg emptied them with a double to deep left center field. A Keith Conlon fielder's choice drove in the final run of the inning.
Dallas Baptist began to mount a comeback in the seventh inning as they scored two runs on two hits to make it 11-3. The Frogs would answer with three of their own in the seventh. Dahlberg led off the inning with a double and scored on a double by Austin Adams. Buttell blistered the ball to deep right field for the Frogs first triple of the season to drive in Adams and came home to score on a Bo Cogbill groundout.
The eighth inning was disastrous for the Frogs as the Patriots batted around, scoring five runs (one earned) on four hits and two errors, leaving the bases loaded and narrowing the gap to 14-8. Ryan Nesloney struck out Jeremy Goldschmeding to end the inning.
TCU picked up an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI-groundout off the bat of Matt Carpenter to plate Spencer Jackson. Two more runs crossed the plate for the Patriots in the ninth to round out the scoring.
The Frogs and the Patriots will square off again at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon.