Feb. 20, 2005
No. 23 TCU picked up a 7-3 win over Florida Atlantic University on Sunday afternoon to win a three-game series in Boca Raton. The Horned Frogs jumped up early in the first before FAU countered back with home runs from Jordan Hafer and Mike McKenna.
After giving up three runs in the first, FAU pitcher Chris Salberg (0-1) settled down to face the minimum in the next three innings. Ryan Pack started the scoring earlier for the Frogs with a leadoff home run in the first. The next three batters would reach base before a J.J. Estrada single plated the third run of the game.
TCU (5-2) posted another run in the fifth before FAU rallied for its first run of the game with two outs. Designated hitter Brian Lipman (Moorpark, CA) reached on his third double of the season before sophomore Jordan Hafer (Deerfield Beach, FL) hit a towering shot over the right field fence off of TCU starting pitcher Tim McGough (1-0). McGough finished the afternoon with five innings pitched and gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out four.
Brad Furnish entered in relief and gave up the only other run for the Horned Frogs. FAU pinch hitter Mike McKenna (Delray Beach, FL) stepped to the plate for his first collegiate at bat and hit a home run to left field to tally FAU's final run.
FAU (4-2) squandered several scoring chances in the middle innings. The squad left the bases loaded in the second and two men in scoring position in both the third and fourth innings.
"The thing that hurt us the most was that we weren't able to get anything done offensively in the first four innings," said FAU head coach Kevin Cooney.
Florida Atlantic left 10 runners on base for the afternoon.
Purdue University will visit FAU Stadium next weekend for a three-game series starting on Friday. Friday's game is slated for 7 pm with the first pitch scheduled for 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday.