Frogs Fall In Opener of Doubleheader 15-14
April 23, 2005
Charlotte, N.C. - The No. 30 TCU Horned Frogs bid for a come-from-behind victory was stopped short as the 49ers pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to pick up a 15-14 win. The Frogs pounded out 20 hits and battled back from a 10-3 deficit, but the bullpen couldn't keep the 49ers off the scoreboard. The Frogs used seven pitchers in the loss. Stuart Musslewhite led all Frogs with a 4-for-5 day at the plate with three runs driven in.
TCU wasted no time jumping out to the early lead. Stuart Musslewhite led off the game with a base hit to center field. Matt McGuirk hit a line drive over the fence in left field to give the Frogs the early 2-0 lead. It was McGuirk's second home run in as many games and his fifth of the season.
The 49ers took the lead in the bottom of the first as they picked up three runs on three hits. TCU starter Lance Broadway struggled to find the strike zone early as he walked two of the first three batters he faced. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Broadway bore down and struck out the next two batters he faced before Mike Ambrose broke through with a two-out single up the middle that knotted the game at two. A John Stallings single gave the 49ers the 3-2 lead.
The 49ers broke the game open in the second, picking up four more runs and chasing Broadway from the game. The big blow was a bases-loaded triple off the bat of Ambrose that made it a 7-2 contest.
The Frogs got a run back in the top of the third inning. Kyle Dahlberg led off the inning with a double and scored on a two-out single by Chad Huffman to make it a 7-3 contest. A three-spot in the bottom of the fourth by the 49ers made it 10-3.
Andrew Walker led off the fifth inning with double and moved to third on a wild pitch. Dahlberg hit a ball to the right side that plated Walker. TCU picked up two more singles in the inning, but Charlotte starter Derek McDaid struck out Shelby Ford to end the inning.
The Frogs bats came alive in the sixth inning as they picked up four runs on five hits to make it a 10-8 ball game. J.J. Estrada started the one-out rally and moved to third on a base hit by Matt Carpenter. After a strikeout, TCU strung together three straight two-out hits. Dahlberg and Musslewhite stroked back-to-back doubles to bring home three runs and McGuirk singled to plate Musslewhite, chasing McDaid from the game.
After trading runs in the seventh, TCU clubbed three home runs to take a 13-12 lead. Walker and Musslewhite connected to chase 49ers reliever Matt Foard from the game, bringing in the league leader in saves, Erik Walker. With a runner on, Walker gave up a long home run to Huffman that gave the Frogs the lead.
The 49ers regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth, only to see the Frogs battle back to tie the game in the top of the ninth. With the bases loaded and one out, Austin Adams singled to left to plate Ryan Pack with the tying run. Jerid Buttell was thrown out trying to score and after eight and a half, the game was knotted at 14.
Steedly drew a lead-off walk to open the bottom of the ninth and Ambrose doubled, forcing the Frogs to bring the infield in. Chris Lane singled to drive in the winning run off of Shawn Ferguson (0-2).
With the loss the Frogs are now 25-13 and 11-5 on the season.