TCU Pounds UT-Arlington, 11-2
April 5, 2005
The No. 31 TCU Horned Frogs powered their way to their second straight victory as they topped the UT-Arlington Mavericks, 11-2 at Clay Gould Ballpark. Four different Frogs homered in the contest as the Frogs put 11 runs up in the second through fifth innings. Six Frog pitchers saw action on the mound, limiting the Mavericks to one run on seven hits and striking out eight. Chad Huffman was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and a home run.
The Frogs got to UT-Arlington starter, Dillon Gee, in the second inning as they scored four runs on five hard hit balls. Austin Adams started the inning with a double down the left field line, extending his hitting streak to seven games. After a Matt Carpenter single, Keith Conlon cleared the bases with his first career home run at TCU to give the Frogs a 3-0 lead. Gee settled down to retire the next two batters, but Shelby Ford started a two-out rally with a hard single to right. A wild pitch moved Ford to second and Chad Huffman ripped a single through the middle to plate Ford.
The Mavericks picked up a run in the bottom of the inning taking advantage of a one-out triple by Daniel Macha. A groundout scored Macha and TCU starter Chad Underwood struck out Nathan Warrick to end the inning.
The Frogs got the run back in the top of the third with Adams third home run of the season with two outs.
The offense kept pouring it on as they put up three more runs in the top of the fourth. With two on and one out, the Frogs put on the delayed steal. Huffman was successful in his second attempt, but the second baseman misplayed the ball, allowing Ford to score from third. Andrew Walker made it 8-1 with his seventh home run of the season.
Another three spot in the fifth inning made it an 11-1 contest. Huffman delivered the Frogs fourth home run of the game, a two-run shot to left field.
Chad Underwood pitched four innings in his first start of the season. He gave up only one run on three hits, walked one and struck out two in the no-decision.
Zach Ashwood (1-0) found himself in some trouble in the bottom of the sixth inning as he loaded the bases with only one out. He bore down and struck out the next two batters he faced to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Frogs return home for a pivotal three-game series against Conference USA leader USF. Game time for Friday's opener is set for 7:00 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. The Frogs will send their ace to the mound as Lance Broadway will go for his seventh win of the season.