Clayton Jerome Hurls Frogs Past Texas Tech, 8-5
Feb. 28, 2004
Lubbock, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs took the second of the three game series against Texas Tech, snapping the Red Raiders 87 consecutive non-conference series winning streak at Dan Law Field on Saturday with an 8-5 win. The Frogs used a seven-run second inning to propel them to the victory behind a strong pitching performance from Clayton Jerome.
After a fairly quiet first inning, TCU broke out in the second inning, tagging starter Juan Razo for seven runs, one earned, on six hits to take a commanding 7-0 lead.
J.J. Estrada led off the inning by taking a Razo pitch off of the elbow. Ramon Moses reached on a costly error by Tech shortstop, Cameron Blair and Austin Adams singled home the first run of the game. Kyle Dahlberg executed a perfect sacrifice bunt, putting both runners in scoring position with only one out. German Duran hit the ball to the right side, plating Moses with the second run of the inning.
Shelby Ford kept the inning going by dumping a base hit into left field, plating Adams and later came around to score on a Chris Neuman single. Bo Cogbill made the score 6-0 with a two-run double that scored Chad Huffman, who reached on an infield single and Neuman. Estrada, in his second at-bat of the inning, drove home Cogbill to wrap up the scoring in the second.
Clayton Jerome kept the Red Raiders in check, holding them hitless through the first three innings, before Josh Brady broke through for a lead-off double in the fourth. Brady moved to third on a long fly ball of the bat of Michael Mask and came home to score on a Jerome balk, but TCU still had a commanding 7-1 lead after four.
Tech would pick up another run in the fifth, but the Frogs answered in the top of the sixth on German Duran's second home run of the season to lead off the inning.
Jerome found himself in trouble in the seventh as the Red Raiders scored two unearned runs on a RBI single by Blair and a RBI groundout from Jose Delgado, but Chad Underwood came on for the second time in two days to pick up the final out in the inning and leaving two runners on.
Underwood mowed down the first five hitters he faced going into the ninth inning, but hit Cody Fuller with a pitch with one out in the ninth. Fuller stole second and came around to score on a double by Blair, making the score 8-5. Tech would get no closer as Underwood closed the door, picking up two ground ball outs to secure the victory for the Frogs and Jerome.
Jerome pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on three hits, striking out nine and walking a season-high five hitters, moving his record to 2-1 on the campaign.
The Frogs will try and sweep the season series on Sunday at Dan Law Field. Left-hander, Ryan Weems will get the ball for the Frogs and will be facing righty, Steve Gooch. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.