No. 15 Southern Miss Completes The Sweep, 9-5
April 4, 2004
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Hattiesburg, Miss. - The No. 15 Southern Miss Golden Eagles swept the season series from the TCU Horned Frogs on Sunday, using a six-run fifth inning to top the Frogs, 9-5. For the third straight game the Frogs jumped out to an early lead only to see Southern Miss come back to win the game.
The Frogs wasted no time getting on the board as they took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Ramon Moses led off the game with a single to right field. Chad Huffman executed a hit-and-run, moving Moses to third, bringing up Shelby Ford. Ford delivered, sending his team-leading tenth home run over the right field fence.
Southern Miss chipped into the lead in the third inning, getting back within one, 3-2. Matt Shepherd continued his hot hitting, doubling down the left field line plating two runs before the first out of the inning. Frog starter, Ryan Weems buckled down and got the next three outs, striking out Ryan Frith to end the inning with the lead intact.
Bo Cogbill got one of those runs back as he homered for the first time this season, sending the ball over the right field fence, pushing the lead back to two, 4-2.
The ball kept flying out to right as Jason Lowery connected in the fourth inning for his third home run of the series, making it a one-run game again, 4-3.
TCU kept battling, pushing the lead back to two, 5-3, on a Moses sacrifice fly that scored Kyle Dahlberg, who led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Southern Miss took the lead in the fifth. Carlos Velasquez hit a lead off homer, ending Weems' day. Chad Underwood came on and got a quick out, but the Golden Eagles bats wouldn't be denied. After a walk to Marc Maddox, the Eagles hit back-to-back doubles to take the lead. In all, the Eagles collected six runs on six hits in the inning, before Chris White picked up the final out of the inning, but the Frogs were facing a four-run deficit, 9-5.
The Frogs tried to mount a rally in the ninth inning as the first two batters reached base in the inning, ending Patrick Ezell's day. Ace reliever, Austin Tubb came on and closed the door for the Golden Eagles.
Robbie Findlay pitched great in relief, holding the Eagles in check in his three innings of work. He allowed only one hit and struck out four.
The Frogs drop to 17-14 on the season and 5-4 in Conference USA action. TCU returns home for the first time in two weeks to play host to a struggling Cincinnati Bearcat squad. First pitch on Friday night is set for 7 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.