Broadway Leads Frogs Past East Carolina, 8-5
April 1, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs improved to 8-0 when Lance Broadway starts as they came back to defeat the East Carolina Pirates in the series opener Friday night at Lupton Stadium. The Pirates jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first, but the Frogs battled back to take the lead in the fifth inning. Broadway (6-1) pitched eight innings and struck out a career-high 12 batters, extending his streak to 33.2 innings without allowing an earned run. J.J. Estrada led all hitters with three hits and drove in three.
The Pirates were on fire to start the game as Harrison Eldridge lead off the game with a base hit. An error allowed the next batter to reach, but Broadway was able to settle in and get the next two batters out. A two-out walk to Adam Witter brought Jake Smith to the plate with the bases loaded. Witter turned on a 1-1 pitch from Broadway and deposited it over the left field fence to give the Pirates the 4-0 lead.
The Frogs cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning with one swing of the bat. Chad Huffman singled with two outs and Estrada delivered with his fourth home run of the season to center field, making it 4-2.
Following the home run in the first inning, Broadway retired the next 12 batters he faced, striking out six. He never allowed more than one base runner until his final inning of work when he had two on and two out. He struck out Smith to end the inning.
The Frogs picked up another run in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a lead-off double by Bo Cogbill. Cogbill scored to make it 4-3 on a double play ground out.
In the fifth inning, TCU sent nine men to the plate and scored four times. Shelby Ford was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning. Estrada knotted the game at four with a base knock and Cogbill gave the Frogs the lead with a long single to right. Kyle Dahlberg delivered with a two-out base hit through the left side that plated Estrada and Austin Adams.
TCU picked up an insurance run in the seventh inning on another two-out base hit, this time off the bat of Stuart Musslewhite.
East Carolina scored its fifth unearned run of the game in the ninth inning, but Shawn Ferguson came on to record the final out of the game to pick up his third save of the season.
The Frogs (17-9, 5-2) and the Pirates (15-10, 1-6) will return to the diamond on Saturday for game two of the series. Brad Furnish will take the mound for TCU at 2:00 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.