Frogs Win Series With 4-0 Shutout Of East Carolina
April 3, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs won their third straight Conference USA series with a 4-0 shutout victory over the East Carolina Pirates. Three pitchers combined to shutout the Pirates and the Frogs take advantage of four East Carolina errors to score three unearned runs. Tim McGough extended his streak to 19 straight innings without allowing an earned run to earn his third win of the season. Keith Conlon drove in two runs on two hits to lead the offensive charge.
McGough and ECU starter, Scott Andrews were locked in a pitcher's dual for the first three innings of the contest. Both had their share of runners on base but were able to pitch out of some tough jams. McGough used two lineout double plays to erase runners and Andrews saw two of his base runners get erased because of poor base running.
The Frogs were able to break through in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a lead-off double from designated hitter Andrew Walker. A base hit by Austin Adams moved Walker to third. The Pirates traded a double play for the run and TCU was up for the third straight game 1-0.
An unearned run crossed the plate in the fifth for TCU, making it 2-0. Kyle Dahlberg drilled a ball to left field to lead off the inning. Pirate left fielder Drew Costanzo misplayed the ball and Dahlberg ended up on third, ending Andrews day. East Carolina sent Mike Flye to the mound who was able to strikeout the first batter he faced, but Shelby Ford delivered with a single up the middle to plate Dahlberg.
Sam Demel came on in relief of McGough in the sixth inning and threw three innings of scoreless baseball. He gave up only one hit and hit one batter during his stint. After a lead-off single in the seventh, Ford made a nice play on a ball up the middle, scooping it to Chad Huffman at second base, who relayed the throw onto Spencer Jackson at first for the Frogs third double play of the game.
In the eighth, the Frogs picked up two insurance runs to make it a 4-0 game. After two quick outs, Adams singled to start the rally. The Pirates made two consecutive errors that loaded the bases for Conlon. Conlon ripped a single through the left side that plated Jackson and Bo Cogbill.
Shawn Ferguson came on in the ninth to close things out. Despite walking the bases loaded, Ferguson struck out the side to secure the victory for the Frogs in a non-save situation.
TCU (18-10, 6-3) will take a break from conference action as the Frogs head to Arlington to take on Metroplex rival, UT-Arlington on Tuesday night. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark.