Pack Delivers in the 11th, Frogs Rally To Beat Manhattan
March 4, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 25 TCU Horned Frogs needed two runs in the bottom of the 11th to come from behind to top Manhattan, 6-5. The Frogs were trailing 5-4 heading into the bottom of the 11th, but Jaspers shortstop John Maser committed two critical errors in the frame, allowing the Frogs to score the two runs. Ryan Pack singled to plate Matt Carpenter with the game-winning run.
The Jaspers led off the game with a sharp single to right off of TCU starter Lance Broadway, but Broadway settled in and retired the next nine batters he faced. Broadway allowed just one earned run in seven innings of work. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out 10 batters in the no-decision.
The Frogs wasted no time getting on the board as they took advantage of a lead-off walk to Pack to go ahead 1-0. A base hit by Shelby Ford moved Pack to third an J.J. Estrada hit the ball to the right side allowing Pack to come home.
Manhattan tied the game in the fourth as the first three men reached base and the tying run crossed the plate. Broadway struckout the next three batters to end the Manhattan threat.
Following Ford's single, Chris Cody retired 13 of the next 15 batters he faced before the Frogs broke through in the sixth inning.
TCU sent nine men to the plate in the sixth inning and came away with a 4-1 lead. Matt McGuirk started the rally with a one-out single, followed by Ford's second hit of the game. An error by the pitcher on a pick-off attempt moved the runners up 90 feet and Estrada was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Andrew Walker delivered with a two-RBI base hit. Another hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Kyle Dahlberg, who drew a walk to send home the Frogs fourth run of the contest.
Manhattan mounted a comeback, scoring three times in the eighth and ninth inning to tie the game at 4-4. With the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the eighth, Shawn Ferguson came on and got pinch-hitter Sly Gutierrez to ground out to end the threat. In the ninth, the first two hitters reached on base hits. Ferguson struck out the next two batters he faced before intentionally walking Matt Rizzotti to load the bases. A wild pitch during John Fitzpatrick's at-bat allowed the tying run to cross the plate.
The Jaspers broke through in the 11th inning as they took the lead on a bases-loaded balk by reliever Brad Furnish (1-1). With runners at second and third, Furnish set the next two guys down looking, setting up the Frogs 11th-inning rally.
Jackson reached on an error to lead off the inning and moved to second on Kyle Dahlberg's sacrifice. A walk to Carpenter put two runners on with one out. Stuart Musslewhite laced a single to left, but Jackson slipped as he rounded third. When Jackson retreated back to third, Maser dropped the ball and failed to pay attention to Jackson who streaked home to tie the game, setting up Pack's game-winning hit.
The Frogs and the Jaspers will return to the diamond on Saturday afternoon for the second game in the series. Game time was pushed back to 3:00 due to impending inclement weather. Sam Demel will take the mound for the Frogs.