Horned Frogs Rally For 9-6 Win Over Houston
April 30, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The Horned Frogs were able to tame the University of Houston Cougars for the second day in a row with a 9-6 victory Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. The win gaurantees the Frogs their seventh straight Conference USA series win of the season. TCU was able to tally up four runs in the second and seventh innings to hold off a late rally by the Cougars and insure their 31st victory of the season.
Stuart Musslewhite continued to give his old team trouble, as he went three for five at the plate with two runs batted in. Musslewhite's bat was part of the Frog's strong second inning, singling for his second hit of the game. Hits by Chad Huffman and Keith Conlon brought in the rest of the runs giving the Frogs a quick 4-0 lead heading into the third inning.
Houston's Chris Joseph put his team on the board with a solo homerun to begin the fourth inning, ending a string of 10-of-11 batters retired by Frog starter Brad Furnish. Shelby Ford responded by doubling in the bottom of the inning for his only hit of the game. Huffman followed by driving in Ford for his second RBI of the game, and giving the purple and white a 5-1 lead.
The Cougars woke up in the seventh inning with a four-run explosion. A double by Bryan Tully brought in teammate Bryan Pounds for Houston's first run of the inning. Back to back homeruns from Travis Tully and Joseph followed knotting the game at five.
The Horned Frogs responded, scoring four runs of their own thanks to strong hitting and an miscue in the field by the Cougars. With the bases loaded, Matt Carpenter drilled a single up the middle to put the Frogs back in front, 7-5. Musslewhite tacked on two insurance runs with a double to deep right field, giving the Frogs the 9-5 advantage.
The Frogs were able to hold on in the late innings to take the second game of the three-game series. The seventh inning scoring run by Houston caused head coach Jim Schlossnagle to pull starting pitcher Furnish (5-3), who went six and two-third innings with five earned runs and seven strikeouts in the no-decision. Senior Ryan Nesloney (1-0) came in for Furnish in the seventh, and picked up his first win of the year in only his second longest appearance of the season.
In the other bullpen, the Cougars went through four pitchers, but starting pitcher Brad Lincoln (4-6) was handed with the loss after giving up nine runs (six earned) in six and a third innings.
The win pushed the Horned Frogs to 31-13 on the year and dropped Houston to 18-24, 9-10 in C-USA. The win keeps TCU second in Conference USA with a 15-5 record, still a game behind no. 3 ranked Tulane.
TCU will try to sweep the series with the Cougars Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. For the Horned Frogs, Tim McGough (6-0, 1.76 ERA) will defend his undefeated streak and face the Cougars' Kevin Roberts (4-3, 4.06 ERA).