Austin Adams Keeps Frogs Alive, TCU Defeats Louisville 4-3
May 27, 2004
Houston, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs staved off elimination for another day as they hung on to defeat the eighth-seeded Louisville Cardinals in the second elimination game of the day. Austin Adams powered the Frogs past the Cardinals with two home runs and three runs driven in as TCU won 4-3. Eugene Espineli was lights out after the third inning and Robbie Findlay moved into a tie for the most saves in a season, earning his 10th save of the season.
The Frogs got a two-out rally in the first inning to take the early lead. Chad Huffman doubled to left field with two outs to start the rally. Bo Cogbill delivered a base knock to send Huffman home, giving TCU a 1-0 lead. Austin Adams cleared the bases with his fourth home run of the season to put TCU up 3-0 after one.
The Cardinals inched back into the game, picking up a run on three hits in the second inning and tied the game in the third. Ron Braun hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game at three.
Following the rocky third inning, Eugene Espineli (8-4) settled into a groove, throwing up zeroes on the scoreboard. He faced only one batter over the minimum through the next four innings, allowing just two base hits.
With one swing of the bat to lead off the sixth inning, Adams untied the game with his second home run of the game and fifth of the season. The Frogs looked poised to do more damage as Chris Neuman singled following the home run. An unusual play ended the threat as D.J. Pokluda struck out and interfered with the catcher when Neuman tried to steal second. Neuman was called out on the play and the inning was over.
Findlay came on with one out in the eighth inning and retired the only five batters he faced to earn his tenth save of the season. Findlay struck out pinch-hitter Luis Pardo to end the game and keep the Frogs alive in the tournament.
The Frogs (34-24) will return to the diamond Friday night as they play their second elimination contest of the tournament. The Frogs will face the winner of the (1) East Carolina/(5) Houston contest that will be played later tonight. Game time is slated for 6:30 at Cougar Field.
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