April 30, 2004
LOUISVILLE, KY - Senior Mark Jurich collected five of the University of Louisville's season-high 20 hits, but it was not enough as TCU slugged six home runs in an 18-11 win over the Cards.
An RBI double by German Duran in the second gave the Frogs(27-16, 13-6) a 1-0 lead.
Shelby Ford hit his 13th home run of the season in the third to extend the advantage to 3-0 TCU.
The Frogs put up a five-spot in the fourth. A sacrifice fly by Kyle Dahlberg, a two-run double by Ramon Moses and a two-run single by Bo Cogbill gave TCU an 8-0 lead.
Louisville(20-22, 8-11) got on the board in the bottom of the fourth.
Freshman Daniel Burton doubled to open the inning, Isaiah Howes walked, and Logan Johnson singled home Burton. Danny Plasencia singled to load the bases, and a double-play ground ball scored another run, cutting it to 8-2.
Dahlberg hit a solo home run with two out in the fifth for a 9-2 Frog lead.
In the U of L fifth, Jurich hit a solo home run to lead off, his 13th of the season, to cut it to 9-3 and a two-run double by Johnson scored Burton and Howes narrowing the margin to 9-5.
Chris Neuman's solo shot in the sixth made it 10-5, and another solo home run by Dahlberg in the seventh gave TCU an 11-5 lead.
Howes launched his fourth home run of the season with two out in the seventh, cutting the TCU lead again to five runs, but two more Frog runs in the eighth extended the lead to 13-6.
The Cards scored again in the eighth on an RBI single by Chris Cates, and an error by Duran for a 13-8 score.
TCU added five more in the ninth, scoring in every inning but the first. Dahlberg clocked his third home run of the game and Ford added his second, a two-run shot, giving TCU a ten-run lead.
Howes singled and Johnson doubled to open the Louisville ninth, and Whiting doubled them home. He then scored on a single by Jurich.
Justin Valdes (4-5) was touched for seven runs, five of which were earned, on six hits and three walks in 3.1 innings. He struck out three while taking the loss.
Valdes was followed by Skylar Meade who tossed 3.2 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts.
Jon Harbridge finished out the final two frames, surrendering seven runs on four hits and four walks. He fanned two.
TCU starter Eugene Espineli (5-3) earned the win, scattering 14 hits and a walk over seven innings. He allowed six runs, while the TCU defense turned three double plays behind him.
U of L's 20 hits was the most since they clouted 22 against Western Kentucky on March 11, 2003.
The five-hit game by Jurich was the first for a Card since Key Voshell did it against Tulane on April 9th, 1999. Jurich also moved into a tie for seventh all-time with his 41st career four-bagger.
Johnson was 4 for 5 with three RBI, Burton and Howes each had three hit games as Howes scored four times.
Cates and Whiting both had two hits on the evening. Dahlberg drove in six runs for the Frogs, while Ford plated four.
The Cards and Frogs will hook up Saturday at 11:00 a.m. ET for game two of the series.
Admission and parking at Cardinal Stadium is free.