Chris Neuman Leads Frogs To 13-2 Victory Over Cincinnati
April 9, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs snapped a four-game losing streak and won their 10th straight at Lupton Stadium on Friday with a 13-2 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats. TCU used a six-run third inning to cruise to the victory. Chris Neuman finished the night 3-for-4 with two doubles and six runs driven in to lead the Frogs.
After two quiet innings to start the game, the Horned Frogs broke the game open in the third inning, scoring six times on four hits. D.J. Pokluda got things started, leading off the inning with a walk. Ramon Moses pushed a bunt down the first base line that was thrown away by Bearcat pitcher Chase Lampl, moving both runners up a base. After a walk to German Duran, Shelby Ford unloaded the bases with his second triple of the season. Bo Cogbill made it 4-0 with a double. J.J. Estrada rounded out the scoring in the inning, drilling his fifth home run of the season over the left field fence.
The Frogs didn't stop there as they plated three more runs in the fourth inning, highlight by a Neuman bases-loaded double, putting the Frogs in control, 9-0.
Eugene Espineli pitched brilliantly in his fourth victory of the season, allowing only two runs on three hits and striking out five. He allowed only one hit through six innings, but picked the runner off of first base. Chris White came on in the seventh after Espineli departed with runners on second and third and struck out Brian Beltz to end the inning.
TCU tacked on four more runs in the eighth inning to put it out of reach. Back-to-back doubles by Cogbill and Neuman gave the Frogs a 12-2 lead and Austin Adams singled to drive in Neuman, rounding out the scoring for TCU.
Chase Perry pitched the final two innings of the game for TCU, retiring six of the seven batters he faced, striking out Jim Olds to end the game.
The Bearcats (5-24, 1-9) and the Frogs (18-13, 6-4) return to the diamond on Saturday for the second of the three-game series. Game time is set for 3 p.m.; Clayton Jerome will get the start for TCU and will square off against Erik Eckman.
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