Texas-Arlington Rallies to Top Frogs, 8-7
March 7, 2004
ARLINGTON, Texas - The UTA Mavericks took the second game of the season series on Sunday at Clay Gould Ballpark as they rallied to win 8-7. The Frogs blew a 7-2 advantage and couldn't muster any offense after the second inning as Mavericks relievers held the Frogs in check.
The Horned Frogs came out gunning in the first inning as the first five batters got on base via the hit. German Duran led off the game with a single and scored on Shelby Ford's sixth home run of the season. Chad Huffman laced a double and scored on a Chris Neuman single. A Ramon Moses sacrifice fly rounded out the scoring in the first and TCU was up 4-0. The Mavericks struck for two of their own on a Hunter Pence home run and after one, the Frogs led 4-2.
The Frogs tacked on three more runs in the second, highlighted by a Kyle Dahlberg lead-off home run. A Neuman RBI-single chased Mavericks starter Grant Varnell from the game after only 1.1 innings of work. The Mavericks struck for four in the bottom of the inning as Pence delivered another home run to left and Aaron Batlle delivered a two run single, but after two, the Frogs still had a one-run lead, 7-6.
The Frogs clung to their one-run lead for the next four innings as the relievers for both teams put zeros up on the board. Chad Underwood pitched brilliantly in relief of starter Ryan Weems, retiring 14 of the first 16 batters he faced, making only one mistake that cost the Frogs the lead.
The Mavericks finally broke through in the seventh as Pence drilled a ball off the thigh of Underwood for his third hit of the game and Ryan Nelson followed it up with a long home run to left center to give the Mavs a 8-7 lead. A bunt single by Paul Bruder ended Underwood's day. Chris White got the final two outs of the inning to keep it 8-7, but found himself in trouble in the bottom of the eighth.
Robbie Findlay came on with runners on first and third and got Pence to ground into the inning-ending double play to keep it a one-run game. The Frogs went quietly in the top of the ninth and lost their seventh game of the season.
TCU, now 8-7, is off until Thursday when they head to Round Rock, Texas to take part in the Dell Diamond Express Challenge. The Frogs will square off against No. 12 Arizona. Game time at Dell Diamond is set for 6 p.m.