Frogs Rally Big For 15-13 Victory In Series Finale
May 8, 2005
Cincinnati, Ohio - The TCU Horned Frogs rallied from a 10-run deficit to post a 15-13 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sunday afternoon. The win gave the Frogs their eighth straight Conference USA series win in 2005. Shelby Ford had a monster day at the plate, becoming the first Frog in the Jim Schlossnagle era to hit for the cycle. He doubled in the first, tripled in the second, singled in the seventh and hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning. Austin Adams drove in four runs, while Matt McGuirk and Keith Conlon each tallied three RBIs.
After leaving the bases loaded in the top of the inning, the Bearcats took the momentum into the bottom of the inning. With a runner on and two outs, Logan Parker drilled a ball off the center field wall and Mark Haske raced around the bases, scoring from first to give the Bearcats the 1-0 lead.
Cincinnati opened the game up in the second inning, taking advantage of a TCU error to score five unearned runs. Jack Nelson made it 2-0 with a solo home run. An error by Stuart Musslewhite proved costly as the Bearcats went on to load the bases. The big blow in the inning was a bases clearing triple from Parker, making it 7-0 Cincinnati.
The Frogs started to inch back into the game in the top of the third, picking up a run on two hits. Shelby Ford tripled to open the inning and scored on a Keith Conlon base hit. The hit extended his hit-streak to 12 games.
The hits kept coming for Cincinnati as the Frogs couldn't put a zero on the board. Parker continued his torrid streak, smoking a bases loaded triple off the right field wall and scored on a Brian Szarmach single to make it an 11-1 game.
The Frogs picked up three runs in the fifth inning, taking advantage of four walks in the inning. Ford walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a Chad Huffman base hit. Matt McGuirk greeted the new Bearcat pitcher with a double down the right field line, scoring Ford from second. After a walk to Conlon loaded the bases, Matt Heber struck out the next two batters he faced and before walking Matt Carpenter and Kyle Dahlberg. Musslewhite reached on an infield single to make it 11-5.
TCU picked up a run in the sixth on a RBI-single from Conlon and closed the gap to one with a four-run seventh inning. After two quick outs, Ford got the rally started with a single. Huffman reached base for the fifth straight time and both scored on a triple from McGuirk. A double by Conlon plated McGuirk and Austin Adams drove home Conlon to make it 11-10.
The Frogs completed the comeback in the eighth inning, scoring five runs on four hits. Dahlberg led off the inning with a base hit to center. With one out, Ford drilled a home run over the scoreboard in right field to give the Frogs the 12-11 lead and complete the cycle. Brian Beltz came on and surrendered a double to Huffman and walked Conlon, bringing up Adams. Adams delivered with his eighth home run of the season to give TCU a 15-11 lead.
The Bearcats got two runs back in the bottom of the inning, but wouldn't get any closer. Shawn Ferguson had a strong three innings to earn his first win at TCU. He gave up just two runs on three hits and struck out two. Chad Underwood came on and struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.
Following the third inning barrage by the Bearcats, the Frog pitching staff shut down the Cincinnati offense, putting up zeroes in five of the last six innings. Zach Ashwood, Ferguson, Omar Arif and Underwood pitched the final 7.1 innings to help the Frogs rally.
The Frogs (34-15, 17-7) will be back in action next weekend for their final home series of the 2005 season. TCU will host the Louisville Cardinals beginning Friday night. Game time for the series opener is set for 7:00 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. Lance Broadway will go for his record-breaking 12th win of the season.