Seniors Shine In 11-0 Win Over Louisville
May 15, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs picked up their ninth straight Conference USA series win with an 11-0 shutout of the Louisville Cardinals. On senior day at Lupton Stadium, the seniors guided the Frogs to victory. Kyle Dahlberg hit two home runs and drove in six runs and Bo Cogbill had three RBIs with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. In relief, Chad Underwood shutout the Cardinals for 3.1 innings, holding them to two hits and striking out three to earn the victory. Dahlberg's three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth ended the game due to the Sunday 10-run rule.
TCU wasted no time getting on the board, picking up a run on two hits in the bottom of the first inning. Shelby Ford drew a one-out walk and scored on a Matt McGuirk single to left field. Another run in the bottom of the second on a RBI double from Dahlberg gave the Frogs a 2-0 lead after two.
The Frogs broke the game open in the third inning, pushing across four runs on four hits. A lead-off walk to McGuirk and an Austin Adams single ended Louisville starter Scott Jenkins (1-2) day. After a Matt Carpenter sacrifice bunt, Cogbill cleared the bases with a double to make it 4-0. Dahlberg connected for his first home run of the day to round out the scoring.
Louisville had plenty of chances to pick up runs as they left 11 runners on base in the game. TCU starter Brad Furnish struggled with his control, walking six batters over 3.2 innings of work. He allowed just two hits and struck out two in the no-decision. A lead-off double in the fifth inning went by the boards, as did a one-out double in the sixth inning.
TCU tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on RBIs from Matt Carpenter and Cogbill. With two runners on and two outs, Dahlberg ended the game with his second home run of the game.
The Frogs (36-16, 19-8) will head to New Orleans on Wednesday with the Conference USA regular season championship on the line. The Frogs are three games back of the Tulane Green Wave and will need to sweep to share the conference title. The series is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start on Thursday night at Turchin Stadium on the Tulane campus.