Austin Adams Slams Frogs into Semifinals, 8-3 Over Houston
May 29, 2004
Houston, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs stayed alive once again, defeating the Houston Cougars 8-3, advancing to the semifinal game later on tonight against the Cougars. The middle of the Frogs order was on fire as they were a combined 11-15 in the game. A seven-run seventh inning, highlighted by back-to-back home runs by the Frogs propelled them to the victory. Austin Adams was on fire, going 4-for-5 at the plate. Ryan Weems gave the Frogs a great effort on the mound, pitching a complete game.
Houston opened the scoring in the second inning, plating a run on two hits. After Rob Johnson reached on a one-out single, Thanos Papavasiliou smoked a two-out double to right center to plate Johnson with the first run of the game.
TCU tied the game in the third inning, picking up a run on two hits. Houston starter, Brad Lincoln, got two quick outs before walking Chad Huffman bringing up the hottest Horned Frog hitter, Austin Adams. Adams delivered, doubling to right center, sending Huffman home with the tying run.
The Frogs had chances to score in each inning, but Lincoln and the Cougar defense got the job done, turning three double plays in the first six innings, including one in the fifth and the sixth innings after TCU had gotten the lead-off man on base.
Houston took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring two runs. Stuart Musslewhite hit a one-out single. He stole two bases to move to third base and Brett Logan hit a sacrifice fly to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. Jake Stewart made it 3-1 as he hit a solo home run to left center.
The Frogs finally hit paydirt in the seventh inning. Ramon Moses extended his hit streak to six games with a lead-off single. Cogbill walked on four pitches and Huffman was hit for the second time of the day. Adams cleared the bases with his fourth hit of the game, hitting his first career grand slam over the left center fence. Shelby Ford followed Adams' home run with a solo shot to center field, giving the Frogs a 6-3 lead with no outs in the inning. The hits and runs kept coming. Cogbill singled in two more runs and TCU led 8-3 after seven.
Lost in the offensive outburst was an outstanding effort by Weems (6-3). Weems pitched his first career complete game to lead the Frogs to the semifinals. Weems allowed three runs on eight hits, struck out two and walked one. Following the two-run fifth inning, Weems retired 12 of the last 14 batters he faced.
The Frogs (36-24) and the Cougars will square off again tonight at approximately 7:30 p.m. for the right to advance to the championship game.