TCU Holds On For Sweep, Tops Memphis 8-7
March 21, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - Chad Huffman had a career-day as he led the Frogs past Memphis en route to the series sweep, 8-7. The Frogs won despite committing seven errors in the game. Huffman was 4-for-4 and smacked two home runs, including a grand slam in the second inning. With the win, the Frogs stretched their season-high win streak to seven games.
The Frogs bats stayed hot as they put two runs up in the bottom of the first. German Duran extended his hit-streak to 16 games as he smoked a single to right field leading off the inning. After a Stephen Gostkowski wild pitch, Huffman delivered an RBI-single giving the Frogs the 1-0 advantage. Ramon Moses delivered a two-out hit to push the lead to two.
TCU kept pouring on the offense as they grabbed four more runs in the second, all with one swing of Huffman's bat. Austin Adams singled to start the inning and Nate Thomas collected a pinch-hit, after replacing Duran who left the game with an injury. Shelby Ford was hit by the pitch, loading the bases for Huffman's slam. The Frogs chased Gostkowski out of with one out, bringing in Corey Kines. Kines induced a double play ball to end the inning.
The Tigers didn't waste any time getting back into the game as they scored four times in the top of the third on four hits. Brent Dlugach drove in two with an RBI-double with two outs in the inning and Michael Lewis traded places with him to drive in the fourth run of the inning and after three innings, the score was 6-2.
Kines shut down the Frogs lineup as he sailed through the next three innings, but Chad Underwood, who replaced starter Ryan Weems in the fourth, matched him pitch for pitch. Underwood picked up the win in relief with four innings pitched and no earned runs allowed.
The frogs finally got to Kines in the sixth inning, picking up two insurance runs off of Huffman's second home run of the day that drove in Nate Thomas. But the Tigers stuck around, scoring two unearned runs in the top of the seventh on three TCU errors and only one hit. The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the eighth, but Austin Adams made a leaping catch at the wall to end the inning with the tying runs on base and the Frogs maintained their two-run lead, 8-6.
Robbie Findlay picked up his fourth save, despite giving up a home run to Adam Amar, as he struck out James Rouse looking to end the game.
The Frogs improve to 15-8 overall and 3-0 in C-USA action. They will take their seven-game win streak on the road as they begin a stretch of seven games on the road. Next up for TCU is a three-game series with Houston beginning on Friday.