TCU Edges Memphis 8-7 In Series Finale
March 21, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - TCU finished off its sweep of the University of Memphis baseball team with an 8-7 victory Sunday at Lipton Stadium. The Horned Frogs held off a late rally by the Tigers as their designated hitter Chad Huffman went 4-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBIs.
TCU put six runs on the board in the first two innings off Memphis starter Stephen Gostkowski via seven singles and a home run. Huffman had a RBI single in the first and delivered the big blow in the second with his first-career grand slam. Ramon Moses also had a RBI single in the first.
A pair of two-out doubles by the Tigers cut the Horned Frogs' lead to 6-4 in the third. Shortstop Brent Dlugach drove in two runs with his third double of the season to left and second baseman Michael Lewis drove in Dlugach with his third double.
Memphis reliever Corey Kines kept the Frogs off the scoreboard from the third through fifth innings before surrendering a two-run homer to Huffman in the sixth that gave TCU an 8-4 advantage. The Tigers got those two runs back in the seventh in part to a trio of TCU errors. Dlugach had the only RBI in the frame with an infield single.
TCU rightfielder Austin Adams made a run-saving catch in the eighth inning when he robbed Josh Payne of extra bases with a diving grab at the wall. Memphis pulled to within one after Adam Amar hit a solo home run in the ninth. The home run was Amar's third of the season and extended his hitting streak to six games.
Dlugach led the 11-hit Memphis offensive attack going 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs. Gostkowksi (1-1) suffered his first loss in four starts while Chad Underwood allowed two runs in four innings to pick up the win. TCU reliever Robbie Findlay earned the save after allowing a run in the ninth.
The Tigers return to action Tuesday versus Austin Peay in their first of four games in the upcoming week at AutoZone Park. First pitch Tuesday is set for 2 p.m. Memphis will host East Carolina this weekend at the downtown ballpark in a Conference-USA series.