Horned Frogs Pummel Memphis, 22-2
March 20, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs improved to 2-0 in league action, drubbing Memphis 22-2 Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. The win extends TCU's win-streak to six in a row and seven straight at home. Ramon Moses smoked two home runs in the game and collected three RBI. German Duran extended his season-long hit streak to 15 games with a single in the fifth inning.
TCU picked up a run in the first inning on Shelby Ford's seventh home run of the season to take the early lead and never looked back as they led 2-0 after two innings of play.
The Frogs added a four run third on two home runs to extend their lead. The inning was highlighted by a Chad Huffman inside-the-park two-run home run and Moses' first home run since Feb. 5, 2000.
Memphis pushed across a run in the fourth, but TCU responded with four more in the fifth. The Tigers committed a costly error in the fifth that led to three unearned runs. Huffman drove in two more in that inning with a two-single to score Kyle Dahlberg and Duran. Memphis picked up another run in the sixth, but after six, the Frogs were in control 10-2.
Two more runs crossed the plate in the seventh, then the Frogs busted the game wide open in the eighth with a 10-run inning in which every batter scored a run. Moses led the inning off with a home run. After a pinch-hit single by Jerid Buttell, the Tigers doubled him off with a line drive double play. TCU scored nine runs with two outs on nine hits, two hit by pitches and a walk following the double play. Austin Adams connected for his second career home run, a two-run shot and Kenny Thompson delived a two-RBI pinch hit single for the Frogs to highlight. When all was said and done, the Frogs had a 22-2 lead on a season-high 23 hits.
The Frogs used four pitchers in the victory. Eugene Espineli picked up his third win, second of the week, with five innings pitched, striking out six and walking none. Tim McGough made his second appearance of the season and shut the Tigers down, facing the minimum in his two innings of work to close out the game. He struck out two and walked one.
The Frogs will try and complete the sweep on Sunday as the Tigers and the Frogs return to the diamond in a 1:00 start at Lupton Stadium. Ryan Weems will get the start and face Memphis' ace, Stephen Gostkowski.
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