Offensive Struggles Continue As TCU Drops 7-3 Decision to SHS
May 18, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs offensive woes continued as they dropped a 7-3 decision to Sam Houston State on Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. A six-run fifth inning by the Bearkats broke the game open and the Frogs were unable to mount a rally as they lost for the fifth time in their last six games. Bo Cogbill drove in all three runs for the Frogs in the loss.
The Frogs threatened to get on the board in the first inning as Sam Houston State starter Timothy Gray walked two in the opening frame, but the Frogs couldn't come up with the big hit and the Bearkats were able to get out of the jam unharmed.
Ryan Weems started the game on fire as he struck out the first five batters he faced in the game. Weems ran into trouble in the third when the Bearkats first two men reached base with singles. An RBI groundout by the Bearkats put Sam Houston on the board with a 1-0 lead.
The Bearkats broke the game open in the fifth inning as they sent 10 men to the plate, scoring six times to take a 7-0 lead. A two-run triple off the bat of Marshall Williams was the big hit of the inning for Sam Houston. Chase Perry came on to close out the inning in relief of Weems.
Following the wild first inning, Gray settled into a grove, retiring the next 13 batters he faced heading into the sixth inning when he walked J.J. Estrada to lead off the inning. German Duran broke up the no-hitter as he dumped a single into center field to put runners on first and second. A walk to Shelby Ford loaded the bases for Bo Cogbill. Cogbill delivered, sending the first pitch he saw into the right center gap, clearing the bases and getting the Frogs on the board.
Perry settled into a grove for the Frogs, putting zeros up the rest of the way, but the Frogs were unable to get their offense going as they collected only four hits in the contest. Robbie Findlay closed out the game for the Frogs.
TCU drops to 30-23 with the loss. They will close out the regular season this weekend as they host Charlotte in their final C-USA conference series of the season before moving onto post season play in the conference tournament next week. Game time for Thursday's game is set for 7 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.