Red Raiders Cruise to 19-9 Victory Over Frogs
Feb. 29, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas - On a windy day in Lubbock, the Horned Frogs lost the battle of the home runs as the Texas Tech Red Raiders out-slugged TCU, 19-9, avoiding the sweep. The Raiders belted six home runs in the contest. Shelby Ford had a strong game, going 3-for-5 at the plate with a pair of three-run home runs and six runs driven in.
The Frogs found themselves facing an early deficit as the Red Raiders came out swinging. Lead off hitter Cameron Blair sent the third pitch he saw sailing over the left field fence. Jose Delgado reached on a single and after stealing second, came around to score on a Michael Mask wind-aided home run, putting Tech up 3-0 after one.
The Frogs wasted on one-out double off the bat of Bo Cogbill in the second and Tech plated another run to grab a 4-0 advantage.
TCU finally cracked to scoreboard in the third. Kyle Dahlberg drew a one-out walk and German Duran doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Shelby Ford emptied the bases with his second home run of the series, pulling the Frogs within one, 4-3.
The Red Raiders answered with two more in the bottom of the inning, but the Frogs kept coming back, taking the lead in the fourth inning with a five run outburst.
After a quick out to open the fourth, the Frogs strung together four straight hits. J.J. Estrada smoked a one-out home run over the left field fence for the Frogs fourth run of the game. Dahlberg singled home Ramon Moses pulling TCU closer, 6-5. Ford drilled his second three-run shot with two outs, giving the Frogs their first lead of the game, 8-6, ending Tech starter, Steve Gooch's day.
Texas Tech regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring eight times, taking advantage of four walks. After a one-out home run by Josh Haney, three of the next four batters reached base on a walk. The big blow came as Blair uncleared them with a long double, giving the Frogs a 10-8 lead and chasing reliever Zach Duncan from the game. Four more runs came across and the Red Raiders had a commanding 14-8 lead after five innings. The Red Raiders tacked on five more runs in their final three at-bats.
TCU pushed across a run in the eighth on an RBI-single from Ramon Moses, plating Bo Cogbill, but that's all the Frogs would get as Tech reliever, John Milton. Milton came on in relief of starter Steve Gooch and shut down the Frog offenses, putting up four zeros in the five innings he pitched. Duncan picked up the loss in relief of starter Ryan Weems.
TCU, now 6-6, return home to begin a stretch of nine out of the next 11 games at Lupton Stadium. The Frogs will play two, beginning Friday, against St. John's. Game time for Friday's game has been pushed back to a 7:30 start.
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