Frogs Sweep Their Way Into Second Place, Top USF 9-2
April 10, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs won their fifth straight game as they swept the USF Bulls with a 9-2 victory on Sunday afternoon. The sweep was the Frogs first in Conference USA play this season. TCU scored nine runs on just eight hits, once again taking advantage of three Bull errors in the contest. The Bulls committed three balks in the game that cost them two runs. Matt McGuirk connected for his first career home run and drove in three runs in the contest.
The Bulls threatened in the first and third innings to take the early lead, but could never get the big hit off of TCU starter Brad Furnish who stranded four runners, two in scoring position, in the first three innings of the game.
The Frogs were three-up-three-down in the first two innings before Bo Cogbill broke through with a lead-off triple in the third inning. Bulls starter Blake Tillett then committed a balk that sent Cogbill home with the first run of the game.
TCU kept the momentum going, putting up two more runs in the fourth inning on three hits and three Bulls errors. Chad Huffman laced a one-out single to center field. The center fielder, Jeremy Bellotti misplayed the ball allowing Huffman to reach third base. On the very next pitch, Tillett threw the ball away on a failed pickoff attempt allowing Huffman to score. J.J. Estrada doubled to left center and Keith Conlon drove the ball into left center. Another miscue in the outfield, this time by left fielder Josh LeRoy allowed Estrada to score, making it 3-0 TCU.
Three more runs crossed the plate in the fifth for the Frogs. Spencer Jackson drew a lead-off walk and McGuirk delivered with his first home run. Stuart Musslewhite came through with a double and moved to third on a groundout. Another balk, this time by USF reliever Chase Lirette, allowed Musslewhite to score, giving TCU the 6-0 lead.
The Bulls put a two-spot on the board in the sixth inning, but the Frogs answered with three more in the bottom of the inning. The big hit came with the bases loaded and nobody out as Jackson smoke a two-RBI single over the drawn in infield. A McGuirk sacrifice fly rounded out the Frogs scoring.
Furnish (4-3) allowed two runs on six hits, walked one and struck out six in 6.2 innings of work. Ryan Nesloney, Zach Ashwood and Shawn Ferguson limited the bulls to just two hits in the final 3.1 innings of the contest.
The Frogs (22-10, 9-3) will look to keep the momentum going on Tuesday as they hit the road for the first of four straight on the road. TCU will take on the Oklahoma Sooners beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Norman, Okla. Chad Underwood will get the starting nod for TCU.