Baseball Falls in Series Finale to TCU
March 28, 2004
HOUSTON - TCU first baseman Chad Huffman went 5-for-5 with five runs and three RBIs as TCU took an 18-7 win over the University of Houston baseball team in the finale of a Conference USA series Sunday at Cougar Field.
Huffman was part of a TCU offensive attack, which pounded out 22 hits in the game and had seven players record at least two hits in the contest. Shelby Ford went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs, three runs and four RBIs.
Bo Cogbill batted 3-for-6 with two runs, a double and three RBIs, while Chris Neuman went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Austin Adams and Kyle Dahlberg also rapped out two hits in the winning effort. The Horned Frogs broke open a close game with eight runs off six hits in the ninth inning and never looked back in improving to 17-9 overall, 5-1 in Conference USA play. UH dropped to 9-17 overall, 2-4 in C-USA.
Despite the loss, the Cougar offense provided some highlights with 14 hits. Patrick Gaylord led the Cougars, going 3-for-4 with a run. Travis Tully went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, while Kevin Roberts batted 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Making his third start in the field at first base, Brad Lincoln batted 2-for-5 with an RBI.
UH reliever Brandon Roznovsky dropped to 2-2 after giving up three runs off six hits with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings. TCU reliever Tim McGough improved to 1-0 after holding UH scoreless with a strikeout in 2.1 innings. TCU reliever Robbie Findlay collected his team-leading fifth save after pitching the final two shutout innings.
The Cougars return to action at 7 p.m., Tuesday, when they meet No. 4 Rice in Game Three of the Silver Glove Series at Reckling Park. UH tied the series at 1-1 after taking a 3-2 win on March 16 at Cougar Field.
The game can be heard live over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with C.B. Devoy and Pat Cauley calling the action. Fans also can follow the action through live stats by clicking on the Gametracker at the bottom of the main page at www.UHCougars.com.
TCU struck for three runs in their first at-bat, thanks to RBI-singles from Neuman and Huffman and Cogbill's infield groundout.
The Cougars cut into that lead in the bottom of the first with a single run. Tully led off with a sharp single into right field and moved to second after Roberts walked. Two batters later, Lincoln slapped a two-out, RBI-single up the middle for the Cougars' first run.
In the fifth inning, the Cougars grabbed the lead with five runs off five hits. Dustin Kingsbury reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on Jake Stewart's single. After a walk to Tully loaded the bases, Roberts blasted a two-run double off the right field wall. Brett Cooley then slapped a single up the middle to score two more runs and cap the Cougar scoring.
In the next half inning, TCU pulled to within a run when Ford blasted a two-run homer over the left field wall. The scored remained that way until the fifth inning when Ford connected on his second two-run homer of the day, a shot that gave the Horned Frogs a 7-6 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, UH tied the game at 7-7. Rob Johnson led off with a double to center field and moved to third on Patrick Breen's single through the right side of the infield. After a strikeout, Kingsbury grounded out but not before Johnson scored the tying run.
TCU struck for three runs in the seventh inning. Cogbill's RBI-single scored Huffman, who led off with a double down the left field line. Neuman reached first after being hit by a pitch and then teamed with Cogbill on a double steal of second base and home plate for the Horned Frogs' second run. After Neuman moved to third on a deep fly ball, Austin Adams slapped a single over the head of a drawn-in UH infield for the final run of the inning and a 10-7 TCU lead.
The Horned Frogs took control of the game in their final at bat, scoring eight runs off six hits. Huffman and Moses each blasted home runs, while Cogbill, Neuman and Dahlberg added RBI-hits.