Four Run Ninth Propels TCU To Come-From-Behind Victory, 5-4
March 19, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 24 TCU Horned Frogs rallied with four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to guarantee their first-ever series win over the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. With the Frogs trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Frogs loaded the bases with one out and Shelby Ford unloaded them with a bases-clearing double to left field to knot the score at four. J.J. Estrada scalded a ball to third baseman Beau Griffin who watched it go in and out of his glove into left field to bring Ford home with the winning run.
Stuart Musslewhite got the Frogs offense started on the right foot with a double to left field. Ford walked to bring up Andrew Walker to the plate. On a 3-2 pitch with the runners going, Walker lined the ball straight to Golden Eagles starter Mike Cashion who started a 1-6-3 triple play to end the inning.
In the second inning, TCU squandered an excellent chance to score when Chad Huffman tripled to deep center. Cashion settled in and struck out the final two batters of the inning to keep the game scoreless.
The Golden Eagles took their first lead of the series in the top of the third as they scored a single run. Jody Blount drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a double. A Trey Sutton ground-out plated Blount.
The Frogs answered in the bottom of the inning. Another one-out walk came around to score as Keith Conlon drew the base on balls for the Frogs. Musslewhite's second double of the game sent Conlon home from first.
The game was knotted at one through the sixth inning before Southern Miss finally broke through in the top of the seventh. They loaded the bases on three consecutive hits to start the inning, ending a strong outing for TCU starter Brad Furnish. Chad Underwood came on in relief, but hit the first batter he faced to drive in the go-ahead run. A double play brought home USM's third run of the contest. With a runner on third, Underwood struck out shortstop Chris Matesich to end the inning. An unearned run crossed the plate in the eighth inning, extending the lead to 4-1.
Underwood pitched a perfect ninth setting up the Frogs come-from-behind victory.
For TCU, Brad Furnish went six-plus innings allowing three runs on four hits. Underwood earned his third win with a three-inning stint, striking out four.
The Frogs (14-6, 2-0) will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon. Sam Demel will take the mound and face Brad Owen of Southern Miss.