Frogs Lose Third Straight
April 3, 2004
Hattiesburg, Miss. - The TCU Horned Frogs dropped their third straight game on Saturday in Hattiesburg. The No. 15 Southern Miss Golden Eagles got a sixth inning home run from Jason Lowery to break a 3-3 tie and shut the Frogs down in the final four innings to hang on for the 4-3 victory. TCU's first four batters went a combined 0-for-15 in the loss.
The Frogs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. Bo Cogbill led off the inning with a single to left and moved up to second on an Austin Adams single. Golden Eagles starter Anthony DeWitt committed a balk moving both runners up a base and Kyle Dahlberg laced a single into center to give the Frogs the 2-0 lead.
Southern Miss picked up a run in the third and looked like they were going to get more as they had a runner a third with nobody out. Jarrett Hoffpauir lined out to Adams in right and Adams threw out Marc Maddox trying to score from third.
The Golden Eagles took their first lead of the game in the fourth inning on Lowery's first home run of the game. Brad Willcutt walked to start the inning and Lowery smoked the ball over the right field fence to give USM a 3-2 lead after four.
TCU battled back and tied the game at three in the sixth. Cogbill led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a Chris Neuman single. Adams flew out to deep right and Cogbill tagged up and moved to third. With Nate Thomas at the plate, Cogbill and Neuman executed a perfect double steal to knot the game at three.
The tie didn't last as Lowery delivered for the Golden Eagles, putting them back in the lead to stay at 4-3. The Southern Miss bullpen kept the Frogs quiet as they used three pitchers over the next three innings, allowing only one baserunner in that stretch.
Eugene Espineli fell to 3-3 with the loss, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits, striking out four and walking two. Tim McGough and Robbie Findlay pitched in relief and kept the game close.
The Frogs (17-13, 5-3) and the Golden Eagles return to the diamond for the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.