TCU Rolls in 8-1 Romp of No. 9 Texas

Feb. 8, 2002

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HOUSTON - Sparked by a five-run first inning and a four-hit performance from its pitching staff, TCU baseball knocked off No. 9 Texas 8-1 in the Astros College Classic Friday afternoon. The Horned Frogs outhit the Longhorns 13-4 before a raucous crowd at Houston's Enron Field.

After mustering only one run on six hits in Thursday's season-opening loss to Texas Tech, TCU (1-1) lit up Texas starter Ray Clark (0-1) for five runs on six hits in the first inning alone on Friday. Leadoff hitter Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) started the outburst by roping a single into left field. Shortstop Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana/Seminole J.C.) followed with his first home run in a TCU uniform, a shot into the home run porch in left field, to put the Frogs up 2-0.

The very next batter, Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall/U. of Texas) followed with a blast of his own, deep into the right-field seats, to extend TCU's lead to 3-0 after just three batters. Making the homer especially sweet for Duncan was that it was his first at-bat versus his former team after transferring from UT following last season.

The Frogs weren't done in the frame though, as they strung together three consecutive doubles to make the tally 5-0. Designated hitter Greg Bratton (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) opened the doubles barrage, followed by a pair of RBI-two baggers from catcher Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer/Eastfield J.C.) and center fielder Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin).

That would be more than enough support for starting pitcher Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Seminole J.C.), as he was spectacular in his TCU debut. The southpaw went six innings, allowing just two infield singles and no runs. Shoemaker (1-0) allowed only four balls out of the infield in picking up the win.



TCU extended its lead in the fourth, plating three more runs on just two hits. Juniors Walter Olmstead (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur) and Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) each tallied an RBI-single to put the Frogs up 8-0.

Texas (2-1) plated its only run in the eighth when catcher Ryan Hubele drove in center fielder Kalani Napoleon with a single to left field.

The Horned Frog bullpen was also impressive, as junior Tim Collinsworth (Mesquite, Texas/Mesquite/Eastfield J.C.) and freshman Chris White (Forth Worth, Texas/Nolan Catholic) combined to allow just one run on two hits in three innings of work.

TCU will be back in action Saturday morning when they face No. 16 Baylor in the Frogs' finale at the Astros College Classic. First pitch is slated for 9 a.m.

TCU assistant coach Donnie Watson left midway through the game in order to fly back to the Metroplex for his induction into the University of Dallas Athletic Hall of Fame tonight. Watson was a standout infielder and pitcher for UD in the late 70s. He is expected to be back in the dugout for tomorrow's match up with Baylor ... Five different Horned Frogs collected two hits each, while six TCU starters drove in runs ... UT reliever Eugene Espineli was charged with two balks in his first inning of action, including one which plated TCU's Jake Duncan.

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