Baseball Drops Fourth-Straight, 7-6 to BYU
March 6, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Despite out-hitting BYU 14-11, TCU stranded 13 base runners and fell to the visiting Cougars 7-6 Thursday evening at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field. The loss was the Horned Frogs' fourth-straight, their longest skid since dropping four in a row May 16-22 of last season.
TCU (9-8) took advantage of four base hits and a costly BYU error to gain a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Right fielder Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) reached base on an error by Cougar shortstop Ranger Wiens to open the frame and Frogs Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day), Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer) and Shaff Elkouri (Norman, Okla./Asher) drove in runs to account for the TCU runs.
BYU (5-8) got on the board on an RBI-single by Kainoa Obrey in the top of the fourth, but TCU regained the three-run advantage in the bottom of the frame thanks to an run-scoring triple from Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood).
The Cougars answered with three runs in the top of the fifth to tie the ballgame at 4-4. The Frogs had an answer of their own in the bottom of the stanza, as they opened the frame with a walk and three-straight singles to take a 5-4 lead with the bases loaded and nobody out. However, BYU reliever Michel Bergeron came into the game and retired the first three TCU batters he faced, leaving the Frogs with a tenuous 5-4 advantage.
BYU erased the one-run deficit in a hurry, tallying three more runs in the top of the sixth to take their first lead at 7-5.
After scoring a run in the bottom of the frame to cut the deficit to 7-6, TCU loaded the bases again in the bottom of the eighth. However, BYU center fielder Brock Jacobsen made a spectacular diving catch on a drive off the bat of Chris Neuman (Fort Worth, Texas/Western Hills) as the Frogs left the bases loaded for the second time in the ball game.
Bergeron closed the book TCU in the ninth to earn his first victory of the season. Horned Frog starter Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) allowed seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits in six innings of work to be saddled with his first loss of the campaign.
Settle went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead TCU offensively. Wiens went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored to pace the Cougar attack.
TCU will look to even the score with BYU when the two teams meet again for game two of their three-game series Friday night. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field.
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