Horned Frogs Hold On For 5-4 Victory Over UAB
May 7, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs held on for a 5-4 win over the UAB Blazers in the opening game of a three-game series on Friday night. TCU made five early runs stand up as they won their second game in a row. The Frogs won despite being out-hit by the Blazers 12-7.
TCU came out swinging as Ramon Moses opened the Frogs half of the first inning with a base knock, extending his hit-streak to 11 games. After a quick out, the Frogs strung together three straight hits to take a 4-0 lead. Chris Neuman drove in Moses with the first run of the game and Bo Cogbill delivered a three-run blast off the scoreboard in right field.
The Frogs made it 5-0 on the strength of a Shelby Ford double to deep left field that plated Moses, who drew a two-out walk.
TCU looked poised to break the game open in the third inning as UAB starter Jeff Brown walked the first two batters of the inning, but TCU was unable to pick up a clutch hit, but still lead 5-0.
The Blazers began to mount their comeback as they mounted a rally in the fourth inning. Frogs starter Eugene Espineli worked out of a jam, limiting UAB to a single run.
Blazer's first baseman Daniel Hill made it a 5-4 contest with a three-run home run to right field in the fifth inning. The Blazers first two men reached base for Hill, who delivered the big blast. Espineli worked his way out of the inning without further damage.
Findlay came on in the ninth inning to earn his seventh save of the season. After striking out Levi Patmon to start the inning, the next three batters reached base. Findlay settled in and set the next two guys down, leaving the bases loaded.
The Frogs and the Blazers return to the field Saturday night for game two. First pitch at Lupton Stadium is slated for 7:00. Ryan Weems will get the call on the mound to face Adam Price.