Baseball Edged in 10 Innings by Southern Miss, 10-9
March 16, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - Outhitting Southern Miss 17-9 was not enough as TCU fell 10-9 to the Golden Eagles in 10 innings Saturday afternoon at TCU Diamond. The loss was TCU's first-ever Conference USA setback and dropped the Horned Frogs to 0-3 this season in extra-inning games.
For the second-straight day, TCU (9-13, 1-1 C-USA) put runs on the board in each of the first four innings, scoring one, two, one and two in the frames, respectively. However, the early outburst only kept pace with Southern Miss, as the Golden Eagles also tallied six runs in the first four stanzas to keep the game tied at six.
Right fielder Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall/U. of Texas) sparked the Frogs early on, notching three RBI on a sacrifice fly in the second and a two-run triple in the fourth. After a scoreless fifth inning, Southern Miss (13-5, 1-1 C-USA) took an 8-6 lead in the sixth with a pair of unearned runs. In all, TCU miscues led to four unearned Eagle runs.
The Frogs rallied to tie the game with single runs in the seventh and eighth frames. Junior Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) evened things up in the eighth by beating out an infield single, driving in Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada (Calif.) C.C.).
The game went to extra frames thanks in part to a spectacular job on the mound by TCU reliever Ryan Grafe (Austin, Texas/Lanier/Eastfield J.C.). The junior pitched 5.1 hitless innings in relief of starter Patrick Newburn (Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine/NE Texas C.C.), allowing just two unearned runs and striking out a career-high four.
However, after throwing 86 pitches, Grafe exited before the tenth and Southern Miss took advantage, scoring two runs on two hits in the top of the frame.
TCU led off its half of the tenth with back-to-back hits, but as Robinson scored the Frogs' ninth run of the game, pinch-runner Jeff Reed (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins) was retired on a rundown between first and second base, ending the Horned Frog threat.
Overall, the contest featured three ties and four lead changes and the teams combined to strand 22 runners on base (12 by USM and 10 by TCU).
TCU and Southern Miss will play the rubber match of their conference opening three-game series Sunday afternoon at TCU Diamond. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. Due to the conflict with the TCU women's basketball NCAA Tournament game versus Duke, the game will not be carried by KTCU FM, but live updates from the ballpark can be heard during the Lady Frogs' broadcast.
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