Baseball Drops Series Finale to No. 21 Tulane in 10 innings
March 16, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Tulane freshman Brian Bogusevic took TCU reliever Clint Mokry (Taylor, Texas/Taylor) deep on the first pitch of the 10th inning to propel the 21st-ranked Green Wave to a 6-5 victory over the Horned Frogs Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field. Despite the extra-inning setback, the Frogs claimed the Conference USA-opening series over Tulane two games to one.
Bogusevic's heroics were set up by a Tulane rally that saw the Green Wave come back from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game with a run in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh.
TCU (13-10, 2-1 C-USA) took the 5-2 advantage by plating all five runs on five hits in the third inning, chasing Tulane starter Billy Mohl from the game in the process.
After opening the third with a groundout, the next six Horned Frogs reached base on four singles and two hit batters. However, the big hit of the stanza was a two-out single to left field by catcher Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer) that put an exclamation mark on the five-run outburst.
Tulane reliever Ryan Martin, making his second appearance of the weekend, tossed five scoreless innings, striking out four and walking none to keep the Horned Frog bats relatively silent after the five-run third.
The Frogs had chances to put the game out of reach, but stranded at least one runner on base in each of the last four innings of regulation, including ones in scoring position in the fifth, sixth and eighth frames.
Tulane southpaw Joey Charron pitched the final 2.2 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three to up his season record to 2-2. Mokry suffered his first loss of the campaign, falling to 0-1.
With a 2-for-4 performance, TCU right fielder Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) ran his career-best hitting streak to nine games. However, second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana) saw his eight-game streak come to an end with an 0-for-5 day at the plate.
By taking the series from Tulane (15-6, 1-2 C-USA), TCU stands tied for third place in the league standings after one weekend of play, a game behind Southern Miss (3-0) and a half-game behind South Florida (2-0).
TCU returns to action on Tuesday evening when it hosts No. 8 Baylor, the Frogs' fifth-straight showdown versus a nationally ranked opponent. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.
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