Houston Quiets Frogs, Avoid Sweep With 6-1 Win
May. 1, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The Houston Cougars avoided the series sweep with a 6-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. The Frogs were held to just one run on seven hits, the fewest runs scored by TCU since March 13 in a 2-1 loss at Rice. The game was knotted at one heading into the top of the eighth, but the Cougars managed to scratch across two runs to go ahead 3-1 and cruised from there. A three run ninth inning put the game out of reach.
The Frogs ran themselves out of a couple of good scoring chances in the early innings. Matt McGuirk doubled to lead off the second but got hung up between second and third, trying to advance an extra base. In the third inning, the Frogs picked up two consecutive two out hits, only to see Shelby Ford get caught between first and second. The Cougars eventually tagged out Stuart Musslewhite, who had singled earlier in the inning to extend his season-long hit streak to nine games.
Houston picked up a single run in the top of the third inning on two hits. Brett Logan singled to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Stephen Whelan. After a walk to Travis Tully, TCU start Tim McGough buckled down and struck out Chris Joseph, but Brad Lincoln picked up a clutch two-out hit to drive in the first run of the game.
The Frogs came back to tie the game in the fourth inning. Chad Huffman drew a lead-off walk and Keith Conlon got a bloop base hit over the third baseman's head. Trying to sacrifice, McGuirk was hit by the pitch to load the bases with no outs. Houston starter, Kevin Roberts got J.J. Estrada to ground into the double play as Huffman crossed the plate with the tying run.
Both pitchers settled into a rhythm, working out of a few minor jams until the Cougars finally broke through in the eighth. Lincoln reached base on a two-base error to lead off the inning and Kevin Roberts helped himself, by doubling in the run to put Houston up 2-1. Before the inning was over, the Cougars would push across another run to go up 3-1.
In the ninth inning, Houston put up three insurance runs to put the game out of reach. Lincoln delivered the big blow with a two-run home run to right, making it a 6-1 game.
McGough (6-1) was handed just his first loss of the season. He went 7.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits. He struck out seven and walked just two. Kevin Roberts improved to 5-3 with the win as he went seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
The Frogs (31-14, 15-6) will return to action with a non-conference game against UT-Arlington Tuesday night to wrap up a six-game homestand. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.