Memphis Avoids Sweep With Extra-Inning 6-5 Win Over TCU
April 17, 2005
Memphis, Tenn. - The No. 30 TCU Horned Frogs could not finish the sweep as they dropped the series finale, 6-5 in extra innings in Memphis. The Frogs took the early lead, but saw it slip away in the seventh. A Keith Conlon home run tied the game at five and sent the game to extras where the Tigers won it. Chad Huffman had a 4-for-5 day at the plate for the Frogs.
As was the case in the previous two contests with the Tigers, the Frogs jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. After a quick out, the Frogs strung together three straight hits to take the 1-0 lead. Matt McGuirk started the rally with a double down the right field line. A Chad Huffman single put two runners on for Keith Conlon. Conlon laced a single through the left side to plate McGuirk. The Tigers got a hard line drive double play to end the threat.
In the third, Huffman ended a streak of six straight Frogs being retired, smashing his sixth home run of the season over the left field fence to give the Frogs a 2-0 lead.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Memphis Tigers cut the Frogs lead in half. Second baseman Patrick Hope jumped all over the first pitch from TCU starter Sam Demel and drilled it over the left field fence. The home run broke a string of five straight retired by Demel that included three strikeouts.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. After two quick outs, the catcher Cory Barton doubled to left center to start the rally. K.K. Chalmers ripped a single through the left side, but left fielder Matt McGuirk overran the ball and Chalmers raced around the bases to score the go-ahead run. The Tigers kept the rally going, loading the bases on two walks and a base hit. When all was said and done, the Tigers had a 5-2 lead.
The lead wouldn't hold for the Tigers as the Frogs got the three runs back in a hurry. McGuirk led the inning off with a base knock followed by a Huffman single ending Tigers' starter Stephen Gostkowski's day. Tiger reliever Tim Senter came and surrendered a long home run to Conlon over the center field fence that tied the game.
The Tigers got a lead-off triple off the bat of Jordan Tolliver in the bottom of the eighth but failed to plate him as Chad Underwood worked out of a jam. With the infield drawn in he got a sharp line drive hit right at Stuart Musslewhite. After a walk and a stolen base, lead off hitter Chad House flied out to shallow right, preventing the go-ahead run from crossing the plate. Another walk loaded the bases, but Underwood got the Tigers leading hitter to strikeout leaving the bases loaded for the second straight inning.
After a scoreless ninth inning, the Frogs and the Tigers went into extra innings. The Frogs threatened with two runners on and two outs, but couldn't plate the go-ahead run. The Tigers took the momentum into the bottom and Barton hit a lead-off home run over the left field fence to end the game and avoid the sweep.
The Frogs (24-12, 11-4) will head home for a midweek contest against the Baylor Bears. Game time is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start.
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