Kyle Dahlberg Smokes Three Home Runs in 18-11 Victory
April 30, 2004
Louisville, Ky. - The TCU Horned Frogs came into Louisville with their hitting shoes on as they scored a run in every inning but the first, putting up two five-run innings in the win. The Frogs defeated the Cardinals, 18-11 in the opening game of the series, Friday night at Cardinal Stadium. Kyle Dahlberg had an explosive opening game as he connected for three home runs and drove in six runs in the victory.
TCU started the scoring in the second inning as German Duran doubled home Bo Cogbill to give the Frogs an early 1-0 lead. Two more runs crossed home plate in the third, this time courtesy of Shelby Ford's 13th home run of the season that plated Ramon Moses, giving TCU a 3-0 lead after three innings of play.'
In the fourth inning, the Frogs sent 10 men to the plate and scored five times. TCU loaded the bases with no outs to start the inning. Dahlberg drove a sac fly to deep center for the fourth run of the game, scoring Duran. Moses cleaned the bases with a double that one-hopped the fence in center to drive in Austin Adams and Kenny Thompson. A Cogbill two-out single gave the Frogs a commanding 8-0 lead.
The Cardinals got two runs back in the bottom of the inning as they loaded the bases with no outs. They picked up a run on a RBI base hit by Logan Johnson. The Frogs turned a double play to erase two base runners, but the Cardinals scored their second run of the inning.
With one swing, Dahlberg got one run back as he delivered his third home run of the season over the short porch in right field to push the lead to 9-2.
Louisville picked up three runs in the bottom of the fifth, started off by a lead-off home run by center fielder Mark Jurich. After five innings, TCU still led 9-5.
TCU's next two runs came courtesy of the long ball as Neuman hit one out in the sixth inning and Dahlberg connected for his second home run of the night in the seventh. The teams traded two run innings in the eighth and the Frogs were up 13-8 heading to the ninth.
The Frogs put the game out of reach in the ninth as they scored five times on the strength of two home runs. Dahlberg blasted a three-run shot about 440 feet for his third of the game and Ford connected for the second time to make it 18-8. Louisville pushed across three runs in the bottom but it wasn't enough.
Eugene Espineli pitched seven innings, allowing six runs on 13 hits, striking out five and walking one to earn his fifth victory of the season.
The Frogs (27-15, 13-6 C-USA) and the Cardinals (20-22, 8-11 C-USA) are back in action tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. ET.
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