Frogs Win Fourth Straight, Top Manhattan 10-4
March 5, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 25 TCU Horned Frogs guaranteed their third straight series win with a 10-4 victory over the Manhattan Jaspers on Saturday afternoon. Sam Demel (2-1) dominated for the second straight week, as he pitched seven strong innings, allowing a run on five hits and striking out eight. Both Andrew Walker and Jerid Buttell recorded a three-hit game for the Frogs and Stuart Musslewhite drove in three, leading the Frogs to their fourth straight win.
The Frogs took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Walker led off the inning with a double to down the left field line and moved to third on a base hit by Buttell. A walk to Matt Carpenter loaded the bases for Spencer Jackson. Jackson blistered the ball to the third baseman who threw home, trying to get Walker at the plate. A wild play at the plate saw Walker miss the plate and Buttell come across to score. Walker was called out but, Buttell's run counted, giving TCU the 1-0 lead. Musslewhite hit a sacrifice fly to put the Frogs up 2-0.
The Frogs busted the game open in the fourth with a three run inning. Jackson singled home Walker and scored on a Musslewhite double to give the Frogs the 5-0 lead.
Manhattan got a run back in the fifth inning. Eric Nieto drew a one out walk and scored on a double by Nunzio Franzese. A good play be second baseman, Shelby Ford on the next player erased Franzese at second base and Demel got John Fitzpatrick to fly out to end the inning.
The Frogs pushed across a run in the fifth and another one in the seventh to take a commanding 7-1 lead. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Walker plated Estrada in the fifth and a base hit by Buttell sent Chad Huffman home.
TCU put the game out of reach in the eighth as they scored three runs on three hits. An error by the third baseman, Ryan Marcoux extended the inning and the Frogs made them pay with two unearned runs.
The Frogs (9-3) will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Zach Ashwood will get the start for TCU and face the Jaspers' Josh Santerre.
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