Baylor Stops TCU, 11-0
March 30, 2004
Waco, Texas - The Baylor Bears used three pitchers to quiet the Frogs offense on Tuesday at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears struck for nine runs in the middle three innings and cruised to the 11-0 victory as the Bears ended a three-game skid. For TCU, German Duran extended his season-high hit streak to 20 games. The game was stopped in the seventh inning due to the 10-run rule on Tuesday nights.
The Frogs and the Bears sailed through the first three innings as Ryan Weems and Jared Theodorakos sailed through the first part of the order. Weems struck out three and allowed only a hit the first time through the order, while the Frogs collected only a hit and a walk through the first three innings.
The Frogs looked to be cooking in the fourth inning when German Duran extended his hit-streak to 20 games, doubling down the left field line to lead off the inning. After a quick out, Shelby Ford smoked a ball to short for an infield single, but Duran was thrown out trying to move up to third. The base running mistake came back to bite the Frogs as Bo Cogbill singled in the next at-bat. With runners at first and third, Chris Neuman hit a ball sharply to the right side, but a diving stop by the Bears second baseman Paul Witt robbed Neuman of a base hit and ended the threat.
Baylor took the momentum into the bottom of the inning and plated two runs on three hits with the big blow coming off the bat of Tyler Bullock who drove in two runs with a screaming double to left center with only one out in the inning. Weems bore down and struck out the next two batters to end the inning, but the Bears still had a 2-0 lead.
The Frogs couldn't stop the flood gates from opening as Baylor exploded for nine runs in the next three innings. The Bears tagged relief pitchers Zach Duncan for four runs on six hits in two innings and Omar Arif for two runs on three hits in his 2/3 inning. Weems (3-1) picks his first loss of the season after giving up five runs, four earned in four-plus innings of work. He struck out six Bears and walked none in the loss.
Bo Cogbill led the Frog offense, which managed only five hits on the night, with a 2-for-3 performance. Chad Huffman extended his hit streak to nine and Ford extended his to eight games.
The Frogs, now 17-10, will head to Hattiesburg, Miss. for a key Conference USA match-up this weekend. The Frogs will square off with Southern Miss in a three-game series on Friday night beginning at 6:30 at Pete Taylor Park on the Southern Miss campus.