TCU Rallies For Second-Straight Victory Over No. 21 Tulane
March 15, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Riding the right arm of starting pitcher Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) and its second-consecutive late-inning rally, TCU knocked off No. 21 Tulane 4-3 Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field.
After allowing four hits in the first two innings of the contest, including a two-run homer to Tulane's Wes Swackhamer in the second, Jerome gave up just four hits and one run over the next seven frames to up his season record to 3-1. The junior struck out five and walked none in the complete-game effort, his team-leading third of the campaign.
Despite Jerome's sterling performance, TCU (13-9, 2-0 C-USA) trailed 2-0 heading into its half of the fifth inning. However, shortstop Shaff Elkouri (Norman, Okla./Asher) ripped a two-out triple to right field and scored on a Ramon Moses (Panama City, Panama/Colegio LaSalle) single to cut the deficit in half.
An inning later, TCU parlayed five-straight hits, including four with two outs, into three runs to take its first lead of the game at 4-2. The last of those four hits came from Chris Saenz (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Heigts), who fell behind 0-2 but came back to slap the 11th pitch of his at-bat into right field to drive in the eventual winning run.
Tulane's Michael Aubrey drove in Tony Giarratano in the eighth to bring the Green Wave (14-6, 0-2 C-USA) within a run at 4-3.
Tulane second baseman Tommy Manzella reached on an error to open the ninth, but the TCU defense recovered to turn their third double play of the afternoon and Jerome retired the final batter to close out the complete-game gem.
Right fielder Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) and second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana) both extended their hitting streaks to a TCU season-best eight games. The runs are also the longest of the duo's careers.
The Horned Frogs will go for the sweep over the Green Wave in Sunday's series finale at Lupton Stadium. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.