Frogs Score Two Late Runs, Top Saint Louis 10-8
April 24, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - After a two rain delays and a suspended game, the Friday night, the Frogs and the Billikens were able to complete game one of a three-game series Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. The game was suspended with an 8-8 tie going into the bottom of the eighth. TCU scored two times in the inning to pick up the 10-8 victory.
Saint Louis and TCU played back-and-forth baseball as neither team was able to hold a lead. The Billkens struck first in the first inning, only to see the Frogs score twice in the bottom of the inning. Chris Neuman put TCU up 2-1 with a RBI groundout that plated Shelby Ford.
The Bills regained the lead in the third as they scored twice on three hits. Once again TCU responded by plating two of their own. Bo Cogbill delivered a two-run triple to give the Frogs a 4-3 lead after three.
TCU extended the lead to 5-3 in the fourth, taking advantage of an errant throw on a bunt single by Kenny Thompson. Two more runs crossed the plate in the fifth as Saint Louis starter Dave Gontorius struggled with the strike zone. He hit three batters and walked another in the inning to give TCU a 7-3 lead.
The Frogs had a 7-4 lead heading into the seventh inning, but the Billikens plated four runs on five hits and a costly error in the inning to take an 8-7 lead. But the Horned Frogs responded, loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning. Ramon Moses hit a sacrifice fly to plate Moses with the tying run. The Frogs couldn't push across the go-ahead run and the game was tied at eight.
Robbie Findlay put a zero up on the board in the eighth inning as he struck out two Bills and got Johnny Sweeny to ground out sharply to Chris Neuman to end the top of the eighth. The skies opened up before the Frogs were able to come to bat and after a 37-minute rain delay, the second of the night, the game was suspended.
Chad Huffman tripled when the game resumed on Saturday with a soaked outfield. Three batters into the inning, the Frogs had a 9-8 lead as Cogbill delivered his third RBI base knock of the game. He doubled and eventually scored the insurance run for the Frogs.
Robbie Findlay shut the door in the night to pick up his second win of the season. In his 2 1/3 innings of work, Findlay didn't allow a hit, striking out two and walking only one.
Cogbill was 3-for-5 with three RBI's, a double and a triple in the game. Eugene Espineli started the game and went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits, striking out four and walking one.