TCU Falls Again in 10 Innings, 5-4 to Southwest Texas
Feb. 15, 2002
ROUND ROCK, Texas - TCU baseball scored a pair of two-out runs in the ninth inning to take a 4-3 lead, but were unable to hold on as Southwest Texas tallied a run to tie it in the ninth and the decisive score in the tenth, defeating the Horned Frogs 5-4 Friday afternoon at the Lone Star Classic in Round Rock. The loss was TCU's second ten-inning defeat of the new season after dropping last Thursday's season-opener to Texas Tech 2-1 in 10.
For the fourth time in five games, TCU (2-3) got on the board first, as Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) lofted a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C.) to give the Frogs the 1-0 lead in the third. The unearned run came courtesy of two SWT errors in the frame, part of a season high-tying five the Bobcats committed in the game.
The Horned Frogs kept the lead through six innings, as starting pitcher Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) held the Bobcats scoreless, scattering six hits. However, after Jerome left the game one batter into the seventh, SWT was able to put three runs on the board to secure a 3-1 lead.
TCU answered with another unearned run in the eighth, as first baseman Walter Olmstead (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur) drove in Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) with a sacrifice fly to center, narrowing the score to 3-2.
After holding the Bobcats scoreless in the eighth, the Frogs strung together three-consecutive two-out hits in the ninth to take the 4-3 lead. Second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana/Seminole, J.C.) opened the rally with an infield single. After a sacrifice bunt and a groundout moved Lewis to third with two down, Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) tied the game with an RBI-single to center field. Meeks and Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall/U. of Texas) followed with back-to-back singles of their own, the latter scoring Wilson and giving TCU the lead heading into the bottom of the stanza.
Unfortunately for the Frogs, they were not able to make the lead stand up as SWT second baseman Jacob Spencer sent the game to extra frames with an RBI-single in the ninth.
TCU threatened in the tenth, only to have the Bobcats' right fielder Kevin Virtue make a great throw to nail Horned Frog third baseman Jared Lundeen (Fountain Hills, Ariz./Burnsville/Scottsdale C.C.) at the plate. In the bottom half of the stanza, SWT (6-1) ended the game when center fielder Jason Washington roped a two-out RBI single down the left field line.
The Frogs return to action tomorrow afternoon versus Texas Tech in a rematch of last week's season-opening thriller at Houston's Enron Field. First pitch is set for noon at Dell Diamond.