Frogs Come Up Short in Pitchers Dual, Fall 2-1 To Rice
March 13, 2005
Houston, Texas - An unearned run scored by the Owls in the fifth inning stood up as No. 24 TCU dropped a heartbreaker to the No. 5 Rice Owls. For the Frogs it is the first series loss of the season and drops their overall record to 12-5 on the season. Andrew Walker provided the only run of the game for the Frogs with his third home run of the season in the sixth. Brad Furnish was the tough-luck losing pitcher as he pitched a complete-game, striking out six.
TCU squandered a golden opportunity to score in the third inning. Spencer Jackson lined a single up the middle and Kyle Dahlberg drew a four-pitch walk to put two on with no out. The Owls misplayed a Stuart Musslewhite sacrifice bunt, loading the bases with nobody out. A strikeout and a double play ended the TCU threat keeping the game scoreless.
The Frogs let another opportunity slip through their fingers as they had the bases loaded for the second straight inning and were unable to push across the go-ahead run. The Owls took the momentum into the bottom of the fourth as they broke the scoreless game with a run. Josh Rodriguez doubled to start the inning and scored on a looping base hit by Danny Lehmann.
Rice's Brian Friday drew a one-out walk in the fifth inning. An error on a pickoff play moved Friday to second and Brad Furnish's second balk of the game pushed him over to third allowing Clay Reichenbach to line a sacrifice fly to centerfield to give Rice the 2-0 advantage.
Andrew Walker cut the Owl lead in half in the top of the sixth as he jumped all over a Ryne Tacker pitch, drilling it over the left field fence for his third home run of the season.
TCU looked like they had something brewing in the seventh inning after a one-out single by Dahlberg and a walk to Musslewhite, but Rice closer, Lance Pendleton came on and shut them down. He retired all eight men he faced to pick up his first save of the season.
Furnish did a great job in the complete-game loss, limiting the Owls to just three hits, but the unearned run that crossed the plate in the fifth inning stood up as he fell to 2-2 on the season.
The Frogs (12-5) will take Monday off before wrapping up their four-game road trip when they travel to Waco to play their third straight Top 25 opponent. Game time at Baylor is set for a 6:00 p.m. start at Baylor Ballpark.
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