Frogs Win Third Straight, Top UT-Pan American 9-2
April 26, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 28 Horned Frogs opened up a six-game homestand with a 9-2 victory over the UT-Pan American Broncs on Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. The Frogs used a five-run third inning to break open a 1-0 game as they cruised to win no. 28. Shelby Ford led the offense with three hits and drove in a run, while Austin Adams connected for his fourth home run in the last three games.
The offense stayed hot as they picked up a run on two hits in the first inning. Ford got things started with a one-out triple. A Chad Huffman double down the line made it 1-0 Frogs after one inning of play.
Five runs came across for the Frogs in the third inning, effectively putting the game out of reach. Stuart Musslewhite extended his hit-streak to five games with a leadoff double. A Ford base knock made it 2-0 TCU. After a failed pickoff attempt at second base, Ford advanced to third base. Huffman delivered a game with a sharp base hit to center field, ending UTPA starter Mark Rodriguez's night. Bobby Gomez came on and retired the next two batters he face before a wild pitch on a strikeout allowed J.J. Estrada to reach base. Andrew Walker made it hurt as he blasted a triple into deep right center filed that allowed Huffman and Estrada to score. Gomez balked, allowing Walker to cross the plate with the Frogs sixth run of the game.
In the fourth, the Broncs scratched across their first run of the game. A two-out base hit by Louie Alamia plated Ricky Broyles to make it a 6-1 contest. The Frogs got it back though as Musslewhite scored on back-to-back balks by Gomez. An unearned run in the top of the fifth made it a 7-2 contest after five innings. In the eighth inning, TCU pushed across two more runs on the strength of Austin Adams' seventh home run of the season that plated Spencer Jackson, who drew a one out walk.
Ryan Nesloney came on in the top of the sixth and shut down the Broncs offense. He allowed just two base runners in three innings in relief of starter Sam Demel, who worked five innings. Demel surrendered two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked four and struck out three for his third win of the season. Chris White pitched a perfect ninth inning to help the Frogs nail down the win.
The Frogs (28-13) will return to the diamond on Wednesday morning in the series finale against UTPA. Game time is slated for 11:00 a.m. Zach Ashwood will get the call for TCU and face Ryne Foster.