Frogs Guarantee Series Win, Top Memphis 9-1
April 16, 2005
Memphis, Tenn. - The No. 30 TCU Horned Frogs guaranteed themselves their fifth straight Conference USA series win with a 9-1 victory over the Memphis Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Nat Buring Stadium. The Frogs took advantage of four Memphis errors to score seven unearned runs. Tim McGough improved to 5-0 on the season with eight strong innings of work. Andrew Walker led the team with three hits, while Matt Carpenter and J.J. Estrada drove in three runs apiece.
The Frogs wasted no time taking the early lead. The first three Frogs reached base to open the game. Stuart Musslewhite extended his hitting streak to four games with a base hit to center and moved to third on Matt McGuirk's base hit to right. An error by the Memphis third baseman loaded the bases with no outs. After a sharp lineout, Estrada hit a slow-roller that the second baseman couldn't handle allowing the Frogs first run of the game to score. A wild pitch plated the Frogs second run of the inning. Matt Carpenter made it 4-0 with a sharp single to center.
The Tigers ended TCU starter McGough's consecutive innings pitched without allowing an unearned run at 26.1 with a bases loaded walk. The Tigers loaded the bases on a hit-by-pitch, a double and a walk. Catcher Cory Barton worked a 0-2 count to 3-2 and McGough barely missed, walking Barton to push across the Tiger's only run of the game. He left the bases loaded, getting K.K. Chalmers to pop up and Chris Newsom to strikeout.
Another Memphis error in the third came back to haunt the Tigers as the Frogs scored their fifth unearned run of the contest. Andrew Walker drilled a ball to the shortstop, Jordan Tolliver. Tolliver fielded the tough hop cleanly, but saw his throw skip past the bag, allowing Walker to advance all the way to second. Carpenter stayed hot, smoking a line drive double off the right field fence to plate Walker.
Estrada ended a streak of six straight Frogs retired by Memphis starter Nick Bradshaw, lacing a line drive home run to straight away center. The home run was Estrada's second of the weekend and sixth of the season.
Following the second inning, McGough settled in and put up zeros through the eighth inning before giving way to Ryan Nesloney in the ninth. McGough pitched a perfect third inning, but the Tigers wasted chances in the next four innings as they stranded five runners over that span.
The Frogs put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth as they pushed across three runs on two hits and another Memphis error. Kyle Dahlberg drew a walk to lead off the ninth inning and moved to second on a Musslewhite sacrifice. Second baseman Patrick Hope booted a ball to put two one with one out. Chad Huffman singled through the left side to plate Dahlberg. RBI's from Estrada and Walker drove in the final two runs of the inning to account for the final score.
After walking the first batter he faced, Nesloney struck out pinch-hitter John Peterson looking and induced Chalmers to hit into the game-ending double play.
The Frogs (24-11, 11-3) will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon beginning at Noon. Sam Demel will get the call for TCU and face Memphis' Stephen Gostkowski.
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