Cougars Even Series, Top TCU 9-2
March 27, 2004
Houston, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs saw their eight game win-streak come to an end on Saturday night as the Houston Cougars evened the series at a game a piece with a 9-2 win. The Frogs left the game on the base pads, failing to capitalize with runners in scoring position. TCU left eight men on base in the loss. Bo Cogbill went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead TCU's offense.
The Houston Cougar bats woke up in a big way on Saturday as they jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back. They tagged TCU starter Eugene Espineli for four runs on five hits. The big blow came off the bat of Rob Johnson, who connected for his first collegiate home run to give the Cougars a 4-0 lead.
TCU had a chance to get on the board in the third as German Duran extended his hit-streak to 18-games with a one-out single. Shelby Ford drilled a double to deep center to put runners in scoring position for the meat of the order, but Chad Huffman lined out to short center and Chris Neuman bounced out to the catcher, ending the Horned Frog threat.
The Frogs finally broke through in the fourth inning. Bo Cogbill and Ramon Moses led off the inning with singles and moved up a base on a Nate Thomas groundout. Sean Stephens delivered for TCU, scalding a single through the left side, plating Cogbill and Thomas to get the Frogs within four, 6-2. Houston picked up an unearned run in the bottom of the inning to push the lead back to five, 7-2.
In the sixth inning, the Frogs threatened to cut into the Houston lead, but couldn't get the big hit. Cogbill and Moses teamed up again to put runners on first and second with no outs, but a fielder's choice off the bat of Thomas erased Moses, moving Cogbill to third. Stephens struck out looking and Cogbill was thrown out at home trying to attempt the double steal ending the threat.
TCU loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh inning on two hits and a hit batsman. Kyle Dahlberg led off the inning with a single and Duran doubled. Ford was hit for the tenth time this season, loading the bases for Huffman. Huffman lined the ball right to the third baseman who stepped on the bag to double up Dahlberg and Neuman flew out to end the inning.
TCU and Houston will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. at Cougar Field.