Horned Frogs Rally For 5-4 Win Over No. 21 Tulane in C-USA Opener
March 14, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Timely hits from seniors Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) and Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana) sparked a seventh-inning rally in TCU's 5-4 win over No. 21 Tulane in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
Trailing 4-3 after the seventh-inning stretch, right fielder Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) got the TCU comeback started by opening the frame with a single to center field. A batter later, Settle smoked a double down the left field line, scoring Duncan from first and knotting the game at 4-4.
After Settle moved to third on a groundout, Lewis knocked in the winning run with a line-drive single over a drawn-in Green Wave infield.
The rally gave TCU its only lead of the evening, despite tying the game twice at 2-2 and 3-3.
Freshman Zach Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) pitched the last of four strong innings in the eighth to earn his first-career victory. In all, Duncan allowed just one run on four hits in the outing, matching a career high with three strikeouts to up his record to 1-2.
Clint Mokry (Taylor, Texas/Taylor) sat the Green Wave down in order in the ninth to close out the TCU triumph and register the first save of his career.
Settle led the Horned Frog offense, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, marking his fourth three-plus hit game of the season.
Lewis went 2-for-3, adding another RBI in the fifth to his game-winner in the seventh. He and Jake Duncan extended their hitting streaks to seven games, matching career highs for both.
Defending C-USA hitter of the Week Brian Bogusevic went 3-for-4 for Tulane (14-5, 0-1 C-USA) in the losing effort. Tyler Kimmons was saddled with his first loss of the campaign after pitching the final two innings of the contest. He fell to 2-1 overall.
The victory was TCU's sixth straight in conference openers and their first triumph over Tulane since sweeping a doubleheader on February 9, 1989 in New Orleans.
The two squads return for the second of three games this weekend at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at TCU's Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field.