bats of Huffman, Neuman lead TCU to extra-inning win
win in a four-hour, 10-inning marathon
Huffman had a game hell never forget Thursday
The freshman designated hitter made quite the first
impression for himself in his collegiate baseball debut,
leading the Frogs to a 13-12 extra-inning victory over
Dallas Baptist University at Lupton Stadium.
In his first game, Huffman went 3 for 4 with two walks,
including a 2-run home run to left-center field in his
first ever plate appearance.
Huffman reached base five out of the six times he went
to the plate, driving in two runs.
Senior first baseman Chris Neuman provided the Frogs
with a second reliable offensive threat, going 3 for
6 and driving in three runs on the night.
Together the two, along with senior left fielder Sean
Stephens, who also added a 2-run home run of his own,
helped give head coach Jim Schlossnagle his first victory
Senior pitcher Robbie Findlay started the game for the
Frogs, lasting only three innings on 59 total pitches.
Findlay allowed eight hits and one walk, while letting
six earned runs cross the plate.
The two teams lit up the scoreboard all night, in a
game that lasted four hours and eight minutes, combining
for 25 runs and 30 hits. Both teams committed two errors.
Dallas Baptist took an early lead in the game at 6-3
after the third, but the Frogs battled back with eight
runs in the next three innings, giving TCU an 11-9 lead
heading into the eighth inning.
Junior catcher Ned Yost, the son of Milwaukee Brewers
manager Ned Yost, carried the Dallas Baptist offense
with three hits and three RBI, including a home run.
The Patriots top four hitters in the lineup presented
constant problems for the Frogs pitchers, combining
to go 9 for 17, driving in five runs and scoring six
Aside from the Frogs big three offensive players
Thursday night, senior second baseman Ramon Moses was
forced to carry the lower-third of the TCU lineup. Moses
went 3 for 4, scoring two runs, while the rest of the
lower portion of the lineup went 1 for 7.
The Frogs bullpen struggled in their seven collective
innings. The bullpen allowed a total of six runs on
eight hits and seven walks.
Texas transfer Eugene Espineli pitched 3 2/3 innings
out of the bullpen for the Frogs. His first inning in
relief of junior pitcher Andrew Allar, who pitched 1
1/3 innings and gave up two hits, went well, as he struck
out the only two batters he faced, leaving the two runners
on base that he inherited.
Sophomore pitcher Zach Duncan took the mound in the
bottom of the ninth to close the game out, but he struggled
to find much control with his pitches.
As a result, the Patriots were allowed back into the
game behind a dramatic three-run ninth inning, forcing
In the bottom of the 10th inning, however, the Frogs
loaded the bases with no outs.
A trip to the mound from the DBU pitching coach ensued,
and the game would be sealed when Moses stepped to the
Moses ended the game with a line-drive sacrifice fly
to left field.
The Frogs play the second game of their three game series
against the Patriots 3 p.m today at Lupton Stadium.