TCU Splits Doubleheader With Southeastern Louisiana
Feb. 16, 2003
HAMMOND, La. - After being shut down in game one of its doubleheader, the TCU offense came alive in time to salvage a split with Southeastern Louisiana Sunday afternoon. The Lions claimed a 2-0 win in the opener, while the Horned Frogs routed SLU 9-4 in the nightcap.
Game one was the Mark Weinmunson show, as the Southeastern left-hander not only tossed the complete-game shutout, but also added a solo home run in the top of the sixth that gave the Lions a 2-0 advantage. The southpaw allowed just two hits in 124 pitches en route to his second victory of the short season.
Senior Chris Osentowski (Garland, Texas/Richardson Berkner) was the tough-luck loser for the Horned Frogs. The right-hander allowed just one run on six hits in five innings of work to fall to 1-1 on the campaign. Shortstop Shaff Elkouri (Norman, Okla./Asher) had both hits for TCU in game one, going 2-for-3.
Two of TCU's hottest hitters, third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) and first baseman Chris Neuman (Fort Worth, Texas/Western Hills) led the awakening of the Horned Frog bats in game two.
The duo opened the scoring in the second, as Settle doubled to lead off the inning and Neuman drove him in a batter later. Neuman later scored on an error, giving the Frogs a 2-0 lead.
An inning later, the Horned Frogs doubled their advantage to 4-0 thanks to a two-out single from Settle and Neuman's third homer of the weekend, a blast deep into the parking lot beyond the right field wall at Alumni Field.
The Frogs stretched the lead to 5-0 in the top of the fourth on a laser-shot home run by left fielder Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood).
Settle struck again in the fifth, as he roped a two-run double down the left field line that sparked TCU to a three-run inning and 8-0 lead.
After Southeastern plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth, Settle drilled his third double of the game, scoring two and giving the Frogs a 9-4 lead.
In all, Settle went a career-best 4-for-4 with a school record-tying three doubles, three RBI and three runs scored, raising his season average to .464. Neuman was 2-for-4 with a homer and three driven in.
Not to be overshadowed by TCU's offensive outburst was the performance of Ryan Weems (Roswell, N.M./Goddard) on the mound. The southpaw allowed just three runs on four hits in 4.2 innings of work to earn the win in his first-career start.
Combined with its 15-3 win Friday night, TCU took the three-game series two games to one and ran its record to 6-2 on the season. Southeastern's mark fell to 2-2.
The Horned Frogs return to action when they travel to Lubbock Tuesday for the first of four-straight games with in-state rival Texas Tech. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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