Clayton Jerome Shuts Out New Mexico
March 12, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - Behind an outstanding pitching performance from Clayton Jerome, the Horned Frogs topped New Mexico 2-0 Friday night at Lupton Stadium. Jerome won his fourth straight game with a complete-game shutout. He struck out four, while allowing only three hits and two walks.
For the first five innings the Lobos and the Frogs were locked in a pitcher's dual as New Mexico starter Danny Ray Herrera matched Jerome pitch for pitch. The Lobos only real threat of the game came in the first inning as they loaded the bases with only one out. Garrick Haymore drew a walk and moved to third on a double by Josh Mader. After Jerome hit Joe Salas with a pitch, he got the next batter to pop out and got out of the jam on a ground ball.
The Frogs managed to get a runner on in three of the first four innings, but couldn't string anything together. The first real threat of the game by the Frogs came in the fifth inning. Sean Stephens stroked a one-out single up the middle to start the rally. Ramon Moses drew a two-out walk and Shelby Ford was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but the Frogs were unable to push across the go-ahead run.
TCU finally hit pay dirt in the sixth as Chris Neuman was hit to lead off the inning. Bo Cogbill reached base on a perfectly executed bunt single and the Frogs were in business. Herrera balked to move the runners into scoring position. Austin Adams delivered for TCU as he laced a fly ball to right, deep enough to score Neuman from third, putting the Frogs up 1-0.
Jerome sailed through the game after a rough first inning, allowing only two base runners over the next eight innings. During that span, he retired a 22-of-24 batters faced, including a stretch of 10 in a row.
The Frogs picked up an insurance run in the seventh as two Lobos relievers loaded the bases with walks. Kevin Letz balked with the bases loaded, scoring Kyle Dahlberg from third to give the Frogs a 2-0 lead.
The Lobos tried to mount a rally in the night as they got back-to-back singles with two outs in the ninth, but Jerome got Tim Grady to groundout to end the game.
The Frogs (9-8) and the Lobos (2-10-1) are back in action on Saturday for the second game of the series beginning at 3 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.
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