Horned Frogs Win Fourth Straight, Top Oklahoma 6-3
March 16, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs made it four in a row as they topped the Oklahoma Sooners, 6-3, Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. TCU used a pair of three run innings and five pitchers to pick up their 12th win of the season. J.J. Estrada drove in three runs to lead the Frogs with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.
The Frogs and freshman pitcher Omar Arif found themselves in a small jam in the top of the first inning. The Sooners strung together two straight hits, but Arif struck out Matt Bose to end the inning and get out of the jam.
TCU got off on the right foot in the bottom of the inning as German Duran extended his team-high 12-game hit streak to 13 with a double to lead off the inning. After Shelby Ford was hit by the pitch, Sooner starter Charles Benoit walked Chad Huffman to load the bases, ending his night without recording an out.
With one out, things got crazy as the Sooner catcher Bose missed tagging home plate on what would have been a double play ball, allowing Ford to be safe at home with the first run of the game. The Sooners thought they had turned the double play to end the inning and ran off the field. Huffman made a heads up play, streaking down the third base line for the second run of the inning. Estrada delivered a two-out single to score Chris Neuman, but was thrown out trying to advance on the throw home, but the Frogs still had a 3-0 advantage.
Oklahoma pulled within a run in the top of the third, scoring twice on back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning. Chad Underwood came on in relief of Arif to close out the inning with no more damage.
TCU didn't wait long to push their lead back up, scoring three times in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-4 advantage. Ford led the inning off with a single to right and after a Huffman double put runners on third, the Sooners elected to intentionally walk Bo Cogbill to bring up Estrada. Estrada came through, bouncing a ball over the first baseman's head and into right field, scoring Ford and Huffman. Estrada got in a run down, allowing Cogbill to steal home.
The Sooners picked up a run in the sixth inning on a single by Brenan Herrera ending Underwood's night after 3 2/3 innings pitched. Chris White came on and retired the only batter he faced, striking out pinch-hitter, Chad Lembeck to end the inning.
Eugene Espineli came on in the seventh, but walked the first two batters he faced. Espineli pitched himself out of a jam, inducing Russell Raley to hit into a double play and striking out Josh Stinson to end the inning. After a perfect eighth, he turned the ball over to Robbie Findlay who picked up his third save of the season by striking out the side, mixing in two walks in between.
The Frogs (12-8) return to action on Friday as they host Memphis to open up the 2004 Conference-USA season. First pitch on Friday is set for 7 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.