Frogs Dominate Houston In Series Opener, 7-2
April 29, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The No. 28 TCU Horned Frogs remained perfect on Friday nights as they rode the right arm of Lance Broadway to a 7-2 series-opening victory over the Houston Cougars. TCU scored six of its seven runs with two outs and pounded out 10 hits in the game. Kyle Dahlberg had a monster day at the plate, picking up two hits and driving in two runs. With the game knotted at two going into the bottom of the fifth, the Frogs scored five unanswered wins en route to their 30th win of the season.
The Cougars started the scoring early, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Travis Tully led off the game with a base hit to right field. Broadway got two consecutive outs as Tully moved to third base. Brad Lincoln came through with the base hit to give the Cougars the lead.
After going down in order in the first, the Frogs bats came alive in the second. Keith Conlon led off the inning with a base hit to left field. Cougar starter, Matt Farrington, walked the next two batters he faced, loading the bases with no out. He buckled down and got two key outs. Dahlberg battled his way to a 3-2 count, before delivering the base hit that put the Frogs ahead 2-1.
Houston picked up an unearned run in the top of the fifth inning, but couldn't hold it as the Frogs wasted no time regaining the lead. Stuart Musslewhite, facing his old team, singled to start the inning. A Shelby Ford groundout moved Musslewhite to second. He promptly stole third base and Chad Huffman drove him in with a groundout to third base.
The Frogs extended their lead in the sixth inning on a two-out single off the bat of Bo Cogbill that plated Matt McGuirk, who led off the inning with a single. Keith Conlon stroked a two-out triple to right field that plated Dahlberg and Ford, giving the Frogs a 6-2 lead after seven. TCU picked up an insurance run in the top of the eighth on a RBI-double from Musslewhite as the Frogs took advantage of a Cougar error.
After the fourth inning, Broadway found his grove and struck out the side in the fifth. Broadway cruised over the next two innings, allowing just two base runners. After two quick outs in the ninth, Tully bunted for a base hit. A walk put two runners on, but Broadway struck out Dustin Kingsbury to end the game.
For Broadway it was his second complete game of the season as he earned his league-leading 10th win of the season to improve to 10-1 on the year. He struck out 12 and walked three in the game.
The Frogs (30-13, 14-5) and the Cougars will square off in game two tomorrow afternoon at Lupton Stadium. Brad Furnish will face Houston's Brad Lincoln, with first pitch slated for a 2:00 p.m. start.