Frogs Top Stanford 5-1 in NCAA Opener
June 4, 2005
Waco, Texas - The No. 24 TCU Horned Frogs rode the right arm of Lance Broadway to a 5-1 victory over Stanford in the NCAA Regional opener. For Stanford, it is the first time it has lost a tournament opener since 1998. TCU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back en route to its 41st victory of the season. Stuart Musslewhite, Bo Cogbill and Matt Carpenter each had two hit games for the Frogs and Kyle Dahlberg hit his sixth home run of the season in the win. The Frogs played errorless defense behind Broadway as he earned his nation-leading 15th win of the season.
Stanford's Jeff Gilmore (10-3) struggled in the opening frame as the Frogs jumped on the righty for three runs on two hits. Gilmore hit three batters in the inning and walked another as TCU batted around. Musslewhite set the tone with a lead-off single to left field. Shelby Ford set a new career-record at TCU with his 35th career hit-by-pitch to put two on with nobody out. Gilmore then hit Chad Huffman to load the bases. Matt McGuirk followed with an RBI-groundout to give TCU the 1-0 lead. With two outs and the bases loaded, Carpenter came through with a two-run single through the right side.
In the fourth inning, Dahlberg gave the Frogs a 4-0 lead with a solo home run over the left center field fence.
Stanford took advantage of a leadoff double in the fifth inning to scratch across its lone run of the game. Michael Taylor stroked his second double of the game down the right field line. A groundout moved Taylor to third and he scored on a wild pitch to snap Broadway's 25.2 consecutive scoreless innings streak.
TCU got the run back in the bottom of the seventh. Musslewhite collected his 20th double of the season to lead-off the inning and end Gilmore's day. Ford greeted the new Stanford pitcher, Erik Davis with a single that plated Musslewhite with the fifth run of the day for the Frogs.
Broadway pitched his fifth complete game of the season, allowing just one run on six hits. He struck out seven and walked only one batter. He faced 32 batters in the contest and induced two double play balls on just 109 pitches.
The Frogs (41-18) will await the winner of the Baylor/UTSA contest to be played Saturday night. The Frogs have yet to name a starter for Sunday's winner's bracket contest.
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