Baseball Stomps Southwest Texas, 12-2
Feb. 17, 2002
ROUND ROCK, Texas - Led by Mike Settle's (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) 2-for-4, five-RBI day, TCU baseball exploded for a season high 12 runs and 15 hits in a 12-2 romp over Southwest Texas Sunday afternoon. The win snapped the Horned Frogs' three-game losing streak and gave the squad a victory in the finale of the Lone Star Classic at Dell Diamond.
TCU got on the board in the first inning for the fifth time in seven games this season, thanks to Settle's two-run home run to left field. The blast was the third baseman's first of the year, and only the Horned Frogs' third round-tripper of the season as a team.
The Frogs doubled the lead in the second with a pair of two-out, RBI hits. Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C.) and Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) did the honors with a single and triple, respectively, giving the Purple and White a 4-0 lead.
TCU tacked on another tally in the third on Jonathan Marshall's (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) RBI double down the left field line, staking the Frogs to a 5-0 advantage.
After SWT plated its first run in the top of the fourth, TCU responded with four more of its own to go ahead 9-1. Again it was Settle with the big hit, a bases-loaded triple to the gap in right center, just after the Bobcats had pulled starter Cory Covert. In all, the Frogs reached Covert for nine runs (six earned) on eight hits in three-plus innings.
TCU continued to pour it on, adding a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh, before the game was called in the seventh due to the ten-run rule.
Robinson notched a career-high three hits and tied another career best with two RBI in the blowout. Also enjoying multi-hits games for TCU were Trofholz, Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall/U. of Texas) and Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.).
Not to be overshadowed by the offensive outburst was a fine performance from TCU starter Patrick Newburn (Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine/Northeast Texas C.C.). The right-hander picked up his first win of the season, hurling six innings and allowing just one run on four hits.
TCU moves to 3-4 with the win, while Southwest Texas drops to 7-3.The Frogs return to action this week, opening their first homestand of the season versus Texas Tech Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. at TCU Diamond.
GAME NOTES TCU's only two homers of the season prior to today were back-to-back jobs in the first inning of the Frogs' 8-1 win over No. 9 Texas on Feb. 8 in Houston ... TCU' previous season highs for runs and hits (eight and 13, respectively) were also in the game against Texas.