Eighth Inning Rally Leads Frogs To Sweep, 5-2
April 25, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs scored four times in the bottom of the eighth inning to complete the sweep of the Saint Louis Billikens, Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. With the win, the Frogs extended their winning streak to six games. For the third consecutive game, the Frogs had to score late-inning runs in order to top the Billikens. Shelby Ford smoked a bases-loaded double to give the Frogs the lead to keep TCU undefeated all-time against Saint Louis.
For the first time in the series, the Frogs jumped on top first, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. Ramon Moses led off the game with a triple to deep right field and scored on a Chad Huffman RBI-single.
Chase Perry in his third start of the season was dominant in his first four innings of work, facing only two batters over the minimum, before giving up a run in the fifth inning to tie the game at one.
Saint Louis grabbed their first lead of the game in the seventh inning as they strung together three straight hits to take a 2-1 lead, but Chris White got catcher Bill Musselman to ground into an inning-ending double play to end the threat and keeping the deficit at one.
Billiken starter Ryan Bird struggled to find the strike zone to start the eighth inning as he walked pinch-hitter Sean Stephens to lead off the inning. Bird then hit Kyle Dahlberg and Moses to load the bases with nobody out. Ford delivered, sending a 0-2 pitch into left center field for a two-run double, giving TCU a 3-2 lead. Two more runs crossed the plate in the inning as the Frogs scored four times on only one hit.
Robbie Findlay (3-1) came on in the top of the eighth to get the final out of the inning and pitched the ninth to notch his second win of the weekend. He found himself in a little jam to start the ninth as he walked the first batter than gave up a base knock, putting runners on the corners with no outs. He struck out Patrick Valdez for the first out and induced a line-drive double play off the bat of Aaron Thompson to end the game.
The Frogs improve to 26-15 overall and 12-6 in Conference USA action. TCU is back in action on Tuesday night as the Baylor Bears come calling. First pitch for the contest is slated for 7:00 p.m.