Frogs Fall To No. 15 Southern Miss In Series Opener
April 2, 2004
Hattiesburg, Miss. - The TCU Horned Frogs lost their second consecutive game on Friday night as they dropped the opener at No. 15 Southern Miss, 19-6. The Golden Eagles struck for seven runs in the second inning and never looked back. German Duran extended his hitting streak to 21 games with an infield single in the fifth inning.
The Golden Eagles sent 10 men to the plate, which was sparked by a Carlos Velasquez home run. The Eagles only collected three hits, but the biggest blow came when Kyle Dahlberg attempted to thrown behind the runners with the bases loaded and saw his throw sail into left field which plated two runs. A Clayton Jerome wild pitch cleared the bases and gave the Eagles a 7-1 lead after two.
Ramon Moses connected on his fourth home run of the season in the third, pulling TCU back within five at 7-2, but Cliff Russum continued his dominance, striking out the next two batters and escaping with only giving up the one run.
The Eagles got the run back in the bottom of the inning, connecting for three straight singles with two outs and ending Jerome's evening. Chris White came on in relief and picked up the final out with no further damage, but Southern Miss was in command, leading 8-2.
The Frogs got back in the game in the fifth as they plated four runs on four hits and ended Russum's day on the mound. Nate Thomas drew a lead off walk and Austin Adams singled putting two runners on with no outs. Dahlberg executed a perfect sacrifice and the Frogs were in business. Moses collected his second RBI of the night and German Duran hit an infield single to plate a run. Huffman doubled to score Moses, ending Russum's day. New pitcher Mike Cashion struggled to find the strike zone, hitting Shelby Ford to load the bases, then threw a wild pitch, bringing Duran home with the Frogs sixth run of the game and after five, Southern Miss' lead was down to two, 8-6, but they wouldn't get any closer.
The Southern Miss bullpen shut the Frogs down in the final four innings, holding them to just one hit and striking out three. The Golden Eagles kept stretching their lead, scoring 11 times in their final three at-bats to account for the final score. Southern Miss' shortstop Matt Shepherd wore out Horned Frog pitching as he was a perfect 6-for-6 in the game with five runs driven.
Clayton Jerome suffers just his second loss this season and it snaps a string of six consecutive wins for the senior.
The Frogs (17-11, 5-2) will try and even up the series on Saturday as they will square off in a 3 p.m. start at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Miss.