Broadway Dominates In Complete Game Victory, TCU Tops Rice 2-1
March 11, 2005
Houston, Texas - The No. 24 TCU Horned Frogs rode the right arm of Lance Broadway to a 2-1 win over the No. 5 Rice Owls Friday night at Reckling Park in Houston. The victory is the seventh straight for TCU and its second straight over a Top 25 opponent. Broadway threw 130 pitches en route to a three-hit, eight strikeout performance. The only run he allowed in the game was an unearned run in the first inning. A J.J. Estrada sacrifice fly in the eighth inning stood up as the winning run.
TCU jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Chad Huffman laced a one-out double to straight away center and Estrada stroked a two-out single to left center to give the Frogs the lead. Estrada's single extended his hit-streak to nine straight games.
Rice wasted no time tying the game in the bottom of the inning as they took advantage of a TCU error. Lead-off hitter, Tyler Henley, reached based on a Shelby Ford error, but was erased on the next play as he was called out for interference after running Ford over, but Lance Pendleton was safe on the fielder's choice. After a passed ball and a wild pitch moved Pendleton to third, pitcher Joe Savery hit the ball to the right side to bring Pendleton home.
The Frogs had something going in the second inning as Bo Cogbill and Dahlberg collected base hits, putting two on with only one out. Stuart Musslewhite hit the ball to deep left field and Cogbill was doubled off second base to end the threat.
The Owls had chances to score as they got the leadoff hitter on in the first four innings. Danny Lehmann reached on a wild pitch to lead-of the second inning, but Broadway enduced an inning-ending double play off the bat of Brian Friday. In the fourth inning, with a runner on third and one out, the Owls attempted a squeeze play, but Josh Rodriguez's bunt went straight to Broadway and Kyle Dahlberg held on in the ensuing collision to erase the go-ahead run.
Following the second inning, Savery settled in and retired eight in a row before Dahlberg reached on an error by the third baseball. Following the error, he sent down six of the next seven.
Musslewhite broke up the rhythm with a leadoff single in the eighth. Ryan Pack slashed a two-strike pitch past a diving third baseman to put two on with no one out. After a strikeout, Savery intentionally walked Ford to load the bases before giving way to Bryce Cox out of the bullpen. Estrada jumped on the first pitch Cox threw, drilling it to center for a sacrifice fly that scored Musslewhite from third, giving TCU a 2-1 lead.
Broadway was unhitable the final four innings as he faced only two batters over the minimum, retiring the final four batters he faced.
The Frogs and the Owls will square off in game two Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Reckling Park. Sam Demel will go for TCU against Josh Geer for the Owls.