Sam Demel Leads Frogs To 4-2 Win Over Louisville
May 25, 2005
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Sam Demel pitched his first career complete game to lead the Frogs to a 4-2 victory over the Louisville Cardinals. With the win, the Frogs broke a five-year streak of the Conference USA two-seed bowing out after two rounds of play. The Frogs broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning on a Kyle Dahlberg two-out single and picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead them to victory.
TCU was the first team to crack the scoreboard, picking up a run on two hits in the second inning. Matt McGuirk led of the inning with a double to deep left center. Keith Conlon moved McGuirk to third with a long fly ball out and Austin Adams singled to drive him home.
The Cardinals mounted a comeback in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead. Demel walked Chris Cates and Greg Taylor to open the inning. After a sacrifice moved the runners up 90 feet, a Nick Haley ground out tied the game. Before a pitch was thrown to the next batter, Demel balked to drive home the go ahead run.
The Frogs tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Shelby Ford drew a leadoff walk and Chad Huffman followed with a sharp single through the left side. After a groundout, Conlon singled to right field to drive home the tying run.
Following the J.T. LaFountain hit in the third inning, Demel was nearly untouchable, retiring 19 of the final 21 batters he faced. He allowed just two base hits in that span and no runners moved past second. He finished the game with nine strikeouts while walking only three.
TCU broke the 2-2 tie in the seventh inning. Matt Carpenter lined a one-out double down the right field line to start the rally. With two outs, Dahlberg delivered, drilling a two-strike pitch up the middle, plating pinch runner, Ryan Pack with the go-ahead run.
An insurance run crossed the plate for the Frogs in the eighth inning as TCU took advantage of two Louisville errors in the inning. Ford singled to open the inning and moved to second on a Chris Cates throwing error. Huffman drilled a ball to the shortstop, Cates, who couldn't field the ground ball cleanly, allowing Ford to score the fourth run of the game.
Seven different Frogs tallied a hit in the game and they played flawless defense behind Demel to ensure them their 38th win of the season, one shy of the school record of 39 set last season.
The Frogs (38-18) will play the winner of the Southern Miss/USF game on Thursday at approximately 7:30 p.m. in Hattiesburg. Lance Broadway will take the mound for the Frogs.