Frogs Ninth-Inning Rally Falls Short, 7-6
April 11, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The Cincinnati Bearcats took advantage of two TCU errors to score five unearned runs, including four in the top of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie. The Frogs rallied, but came up a run short, ending their 11-game home winning-streak as they fell to the Bearcats 7-6.
The Bearcats jumped on top early, picking up a single run in the second, third, and fourth innings and the Horned Frog offense was quiet for much of the game.
The 'Cats were leading 2-0 going into the bottom of the third when the Frogs tied it up. With one out, Bo Cogbill connected for the Frogs second hit of the day. Chris Neuman drilled a shot to right center the missed being a home run by three inches and Neuman ended up on third with an RBI-triple, pulling the Frogs within one, 2-1. Austin Adams tied the game, hitting a sac fly to deep center to plate Neuman.
Cincinnati regained the lead in the fourth off of reliever Ryan Weems. But the Frogs battled back and knotted the game at three in the sixth. Shelby Ford hustled to first to beat out a double play and streaked to third on Cogbill's second hit of the game. A Neuman sac fly plated Ford with the tying run.
Both offenses stalled out in the middle innings until the ninth inning. The Bearcats scored four unearned runs in the ninth, with the big blow coming off the bat of shortstop Drew Saylor, who hit his third home run of the season off the scoreboard in right to give the Bearcats a 7-3 lead.
The Frogs mounted a rally in the ninth. TCU found themselves down to one out with one on, but a walk to Chris Saenz and an infield single by Ramon Moses loaded the bases for German Duran. Duran laced a double to left center, clearing the bases and pulling the Frogs within one, 7-6, but Bearcat reliever Greg Russell got Chad Huffman to pop out to end the game.
The Frogs fall to 19-14 and 7-5 on the season with the loss. TCU is back in action on Wednesday night in a make-up game. The Frogs will host metro-plex rival UT-Arlington in a 7:00 game at Lupton Stadium.