Jerome, Olmstead Lead TCU Past Sam Houston State, 12-0
Feb. 23, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - Led by Clayton Jerome's (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) first-career complete game and shutout and Walter Olmstead's (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur) season-high five RBI, TCU rolled past Sam Houston State 12-0 Saturday afternoon at TCU Diamond. The win was the Horned Frogs' first home triumph of the season, after dropping a pair of one-run decisions to Texas Tech earlier this week.
Jerome was spectacular in his first start of the season at home, allowing just five hits while striking out a career-high seven. He was also efficient, walking just one Bearkat and throwing only 101 pitches in the complete-game effort.
"I was just trying to throw strikes to get ahead of hitters and let our defense do the work," Jerome said. "It was a team effort."
Olmstead gave Jerome all the runs he would need in the first inning, drilling a two-run single to center field, giving the Frogs' the early 2-0 advantage.
TCU (4-6) doubled the lead to 4-0 in the fourth when second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana/Seminole J.C.) smacked his third home run of the season over the left field fence.
The Frogs picked up three more runs in the seventh, thanks in part to left fielder Chris Meeks ' (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) two-run triple, his first three-bagger of the year. Third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) followed with a single to left, scoring Meeks and upping the Frogs' lead to 7-0.
After allowing just two hits through seven innings, Jerome ran into his only trouble of the game in the eighth. Sam Houston State (2-8) led off the frame with back-to-back singles, but TCU right fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) curtailed the rally by making a great throw to nail Bearkat Marshall Williams at third base. Jerome then got Sam Houston's Cory Whitlock to ground into an inning-ending double play to preserve the shutout.
TCU added its last five runs in the eighth, thanks to RBI from Trofholz and Settle, as well as Olmstead's first home run of the season, a three-run job well over the left center field fence to put the Frogs ahead 12-0.
Six Horned Frogs notched multi-hit games, led by Olmstead's 2-for-4 effort and Trofholz's and Meeks' three hits apiece. Meeks wound up just a home run short of the cycle, collecting a single, double and triple in the 3-for-4, two-RBI, two-run performance.
With his first win of the season, Jerome (1-0) lowered his ERA to 0.86. Opponents are batting just .205 against the right-hander this season.
The Frogs go for the sweep of the two-game series with SHSU Sunday afternoon at TCU Diamond. First pitch is slated for 2:05 p.m.