No. 19 Arizona Upends TCU, 5-2
March 11, 2004
Round Rock, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs lost to No. 19 Arizona on Thursday night at the Dell Diamond College Classic in Round Rock. Wildcats picked up three runs in the third inning and never looked back as they cruised to the victory. The Frogs squandered some golden opportunities in the game, but left 14 runners on base. Chad Huffman provided most of the offensive punch for the Frogs as he extended his season-long hit streak to 13 games with a 3-for-4 performance.
The Frogs looked to have the opportunity to get on the board first in the opening frame, but back-to-back groundouts stalled the Frogs offensive attack as they left two runners on base. Eugene Espineli sent the Wildcats down in order in the bottom of the inning to keep the game scoreless.
Arizona hit paydirt in the second as they got a lead-off double by D.J. Lewis, then executed small ball as he moved to third on a long fly ball to by Jeff Van Houten. Trevor Crowe grounded out to drive in the Wildcats first run of the game. TCU tied the game up at one in the top of the third. Kyle Dahlberg reached on a throwing error by the pitcher and scored on a Shelby Ford RBI-single.
In the bottom of the third, Arizona took advantage of two costly errors to score three runs to take a commanding 4-1 lead. John Hardy led off the game with a solo home run to give the Wildcats the lead. The Frogs committed two errors to help the 'Cats pick up two more runs in the inning.
TCU wasted their biggest opportunity of the game as they loaded the bases on three consecutive hits with one out and looked to be in the position to tie the game. Huffman, Chris Neuman, and Bo Cogbill each delivered singles to load the bases, but two consecutive groundouts off the bats of J.J. Estrada and Ramon Moses ended the threat and TCU still trailed 4-1
Huffman pulled the Frogs closer in the top of the seventh as he led off the inning with his third home run of the season, cutting the lead to 4-2. The Wildcats would get the run back in the bottom of the inning as they tagged relief pitcher Chad Underwood for a run on two hits.
The Frogs tried to mount a rally in the ninth. Neuman stroked a one-out double and Estrada reached on an error, but the Frogs couldn't plate the runs and picked up their eighth loss of the season.
Espineli pitched six innings for TCU, giving up four runs, three earned, while striking out two and walking none.
The Frogs., 8-8, are back in action on Friday as they play the first of a three-game series with New Mexico. Clayton Jerome will get the call on the mound for the 7 p.m. start at Lupton Stadium.
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