No. 22 TCU Suffers 11-4 Set Back In Series Finale
March 26, 2005
St. Louis, Mo. - The No. 22 TCU Horned Frogs suffered an 11-4 setback in the series finale to the Saint Louis Billikens. The Frogs bats were silenced by a strong pitching performance by Billiken starter, Chris Paulson. The Billikens saw their bats come alive as they pounded out 16 hits in the contest. The loss is the first-ever to the Billikens in TCU history.
After retiring the first seven batters he faced, Paulson lost his command and walked the next two batters he faced. With Dahlberg at the plate, Spencer Jackson was erased trying to steal, but Dahlberg started a two-out rally with a walk. Stuart Musslewhite was hit by the pitch to put two runners on. Shelby Ford delivered in the clutch with a double to right center putting the Frogs up 2-0.
The Billikens took the lead in the bottom of the third on three hits and a walk. A Pat Steinhoff single tied the game at two and Drew Eder gave the Billikens their first lead of the series with a double to left.
A two-out rally by Saint Louis in the fourth extended its lead to 5-2. Steinhoff continued his hot hitting with a bases-loaded double down the right field line that plated two runs. Another run crossed the plate for Saint Louis as the Billikens extended their lead to 6-2.
The Billikens put the game out of reach in the sixth inning, scoring 5 runs on 4 hits and an error. Saint Louis sent 10 men to the plate and the big hit of the inning came courtesy of Tim Landy with a bases-loaded single. After six innings, Saint Louis was in control, 11-2.
Musslewhite broke through in the top of the seventh with two outs as he drilled a solo home run over the right field fence to make it an 11-3 contest. Another solo shot by Andrew Walker in the eighth made it an 11-4 contest. The Frogs couldn't mount a rally in the ninth as they lost their ninth game of the season.
For the Billikens, Paulson pitched the game of his life. In his first start of the year, Paulson limited the Frogs to three runs on three hits and struck out five to earn his first victory of the season. He worked around six walks in 6.2 innings of work.
Sam Demel (2-3) lasted only four innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out four. Shawn Ferguson pitched the final 2.2 innings of the game for TCU. He struck out a season-high five batters and walked only one.
TCU (16-9, 4-2) will have a five day rest as they are not in action again until Friday, April 1 when East Carolina comes to Lupton Stadium. Game time against the Pirates is set for 7:00 p.m.