Frogs Drop Fourth Straight, Fall To No. 5 ECU, 7-2
May 14, 2004
Kinston, N.C. - Despite out-hitting the No. 5 East Carolina Pirates, 9-7, the TCU Horned Frogs were unable to over come four errors as they dropped their fourth straight game, 7-2. The Frogs were unable to put together a strong inning as the ECU pitching staff worked out of jams. Austin Adams had a good day at the plate for the Frogs as he was 3-for-3 with a walk. Ramon Moses extended his hit-streak to 14 games with a one-out single in the ninth inning.
TCU grabbed the early lead in the first inning, taking advantage of a wild Greg Bunn for ECU. After grabbing a quick out, Bunn hit Shelby Ford, gave up a single to Chad Huffman and hit Chris Neuman to load the bases. Bo Cogbill drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.
ECU stormed back and tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Trevor Lawhorn delivered the game-tying RBI. The Pirates looked poised to take the lead as they Lawhorn moved up to third base on a stolen base and an error, but Clayton Jerome (7-4) was able to get out of the jam with no more damage.
The Pirates took the lead in the third inning without the benefit of a hit. Billy Richardson walked to leadoff the inning and stole second and moved to third on a groundout. After Ryan Jones was hit by a pitch, Lawhorn hit a sac fly to give the Pirates the lead. Another run would score on an error to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead.
The Frogs cut the lead down to one in the fourth. German Duran drew a leadoff walk. After an Austin Adams single and a J.J. Estrada sacrifice, Kyle Dahlberg delivered a RBI-single to make the score 3-2.
ECU responded as they scored three of their own to break the game open, taking a 6-2 lead. The Frogs committed two errors in the inning leading to the big inning.
TCU had a chance in the sixth inning to get back in the game as they had runners on first and third with one out. But the Frogs couldn't get the big hit to get them back in the game and the runners were left stranded.
After a leadoff home run by Daniel Lawhorn in the fifth ended Jerome's day, Andrew Allar came on and shut the Pirates down. Allar pitched four strong innings, allowing only two hits.
The Frogs (29-21, 15-10 C-USA) will try and even the series with the Pirates on Saturday at Grainger Stadium. Game time for the contest is set for 2:00 (ET). Eugene Espineli will start for the Frogs.