Austin Adams Powers Frogs Past No. 5 East Carolina, 3-1
May 16, 2004
Kinston, N.C. - The TCU Horned Frogs snapped the No. 5 East Carolina Pirates 22-game Conference USA win streak as they hung on for a 3-1 victory. Austin Adams third home run of the season was all the Frogs needed as the TCU pitching staff was dominating throughout the whole game. Chad Underwood pitched five scoreless innings in his first collegiate start.
After three scoreless innings, the Frogs finally got something going in the top of the fourth inning. After a quick out, Chad Huffman picked up a hustle infield single as he beat ECU first baseman Ryan Norwood to the base to start the rally. Shelby Ford was hit by the next pitch to put runners on first and second. Ford did an excellent job breaking up a double play ball off the bat of Bo Cogbill to keep the inning alive for Austin Adams. Adams continued his hot-hitting as he delivered a big three-run blast to put the Frogs in front.
Underwood was masterful in his five innings as he kept the ECU hitters off balance. The only real threat against Underwood was in the first inning when the Pirates got a runner to third with two outs, but he got Adam Witter to groundout to end the threat.
ECU didn't get another runner in scoring position against Underwood in the game. He limited the Pirates to three hits, striking out three and walking only one en route to his seventh win of the season.
ECU started a rally in the seventh inning off of reliever Robbie Findlay. With one out, Findlay gave up a walk and two hits, but buckled down, getting a groundout and a popup to end the threat. He retired six of the next seven hitters he faced, striking out Jake Smith to end the game, picking up his eighth save of the season.
The Frogs (30-22, 16-12) have clinched a spot in the Conference USA Post-season Tournament in Houston with the win. They return to the diamond on Monday for the final non-conference game of the regular season when Sam Houston State comes to Lupton Stadium. Game time is set for 7 p.m.