Errors Send Tigers to 9-1 Loss Versus #30 TCU
April 16, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
#30 TCU (24-11, 22-3 C-USA) 401 010 003 - 9 11 1 MEMPHIS (8-24, 2-12 C-USA) 010 000 000 - 1 5 4
TCU took advantage of four Memphis errors to score seven unearned runs and hand the Tigers their 11th consecutive loss, 9-1 Saturday afternoon at Nat Buring Stadium. Horned Frog starter Tim McGough improved to 5-0 on the year with a strong eight-inning outing. He scattered five hits and held Memphis to just one run.
Tiger miscues came back to haunt them early as TCU posted four unearned runs in the opening inning. After the Frogs opened play with a pair of singles, Memphis committed its first error as Chad Huffman was allowed to reach base on an infield error to load the bases. After a shallow fly ball out, J.J. Estrada's groundball was misplayed, allowing the first TCU run to cross. A wild pitch brought Matt McGuirk home and a two-run single by Matt Carpenter put TCU up 4-0 early.
Memphis answered back with a run in the second to break McGough's scoreless innings streak at 26 innings. Robbie Goss was hit by a pitch and Patrick Hope followed with a double to the left centerfield gap. Jordan Tolliver and Cory Barton drew consecutive walks to score Goss and cut the TCU lead to 4-1.
The Horned Frogs countered with an unearned run on an RBI-double by Carpenter.
TCU did not plate its first earned score until Estrada knocked his second home run of the series to give the Frogs a 6-1 lead in the fifth. Two of their three ninth-inning runs were unearned.
Led by DH Andrew Walker's 3-for-5 day, TCU outhit Memphis 11-5. Carpenter posted multiple hits also.
Nick Bradshaw (1-2) was the hard-luck loser in the contest. The Tiger senior pitched six innings and gave up seven runs, six of which were unearned.
Memphis and TCU will take to the field for the series finale on Sunday. First pitch is set for Noon at "The Nat".