Baseball Drops 10-Inning Opener to Texas Tech, 2-1
Feb. 7, 2002
HOUSTON - Despite strong pitching performances from starter Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) and reliever Aaron Tims (Fort Worth, Texas/Eastern Hills/Grayson J.C.), TCU baseball dropped its season opener to Texas Tech 2-1 in 10 innings at the Astros College Classic. Tech's Willie Durazo drilled a walk-off home run in the 10th to push the Red Raiders (6-1) past the Horned Frogs (0-1) at Houston's Enron Field.
The Horned Frogs claimed the early 1-0 lead when shortstop Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C.) drove in center fielder Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) with an infield single in the top of the third. Wilson, a senior who missed the entire 2001 campaign due to shoulder surgery, reached third on Texas Tech's Bryon Smith's three-base throwing error.
Despite outhitting the Red Raiders six-to-four, that would be the only run the run the Frogs would be able to muster against Tech starter Chris Phillips. Philips picked up the win, allowing only one unearned run and striking out eight in the complete-game effort.
Jerome, one of only two returning pitchers who made a start for the Frogs in 2001, did not allow a hit while facing the minimum through 4.1 innings. Despite having the no-hit bid broken up with one away in the fifth, the sophomore made it through five stanzas unscathed. However, after retiring the first two batters he faced in the sixth, he allowed a towering home run to Texas Tech's Jon Slack, tying the game at one.
The Frogs threatened in the top of the ninth frame, as third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) doubled off the left-field wall with one out. However, the he was left stranded at second and the game went to extra innings.
Tims, who entered the game to start the seventh, did not allow a hit in his first three innings of work. But Durazo hit Tims' first pitch of the tenth just over right fielder Jake Duncan's (Marshall, Texas/Marshall/U. of Texas) reach and into the right-field stands to end the game.
Settle finished the game as the only Horned Frog to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-4.
The Frogs look to get in the win column Friday afternoon when they take on No. 12 Texas in Day Two of the Astros College Classic. Game time is set for 12:30 p.m. at Enron Field.