May 29, 2004
HOUSTON - Austin Adams' grand slam highlighted a seven-run seventh as No. 4 seed TCU overcame an early deficit to notch an 8-3 victory over No. 5 seed Houston on Saturday (May 29) afternoon in the semifinals of the 2004 Conference USA Baseball Tournament, presented by Sterling Bank, at Cougar Field. TCU improves to 36-24 on the year, while Houston falls to 30-28.
With the win, TCU stays alive in the double-elimination format and forces another match-up with Houston tonight at 7:30 p.m. to determine which team will advance to the championship game on Sunday.
Houston got on the board first with a solo run in the bottom of the second. After Kevin Roberts popped out to second, Rob Johnson singled through the right side. After Nick Bott flied out to center, Thanos Papavasiliou laced a double to right-center to score Roberts.
TCU answered the next half inning to tie the game. With two outs, Chad Huffman walked and came around to score on Adams' double to right center.
The Cougars broke the tie and captured the lead in the fifth. Stuart Musslewhite banged a one-out single to left and went on to steal both second and third base. Brett Logan plated Musslewhite home with a sacrifice fly to left. Freshman Jake Stewart followed with his first career home run - a line drive over the fence in left.
Down by four runs with nine outs to go, the Horned Frogs put together a seven-run rally when Moses led off with a single. After Bo Cogbill and Huffman both reached safely to load the bases on a walk and hit batsman, respectively, Adams came to the plate and crush a grand slam to left field to clear the bases. The very next batter, Shelby Ford, followed with a silo shot to center field.
TCU scored its last two runs on a two-run single by Cogbill.
Ryan Weems went the distance for his first complete game of the year and picked up the win to improve to 6-3 this season. He allowed three runs on eight hits, walked one and fanned two.
Matt Farrington, who came in to relieve Houston starter Brad Lincoln in the seventh, took the loss and falls to an even 2-2 on the season. He faced five batters, surrendering five runs on three hits and a walk.
The winner of the TCU-Houston game tonight will advance and face either Southern Miss or UAB, slated to play this afternoon, for the C-USA Tournament Championship title on Sunday (May 30) at 1:00 p.m.