Baseball Falls to Southern Miss, 8-3
March 17, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - Southern Miss notched six runs over the final three innings to hand TCU its second-straight loss 8-3 Sunday afternoon at TCU Diamond. With the setback, the Horned Frogs dropped two-of-three to USM in the Frogs' first-ever Conference USA series.
As it did in the first two games of the series, Southern Miss (14-5, 2-1 C-USA) scored in the first inning, plating a pair of runs to take an early 2-0 lead.
Third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) cut the Horned Frog deficit in half in the bottom of the frame, driving a bases-loaded, 3-2 pitch through the left side of the infield for an RBI single.
TCU (9-14, 1-2 C-USA) tied the game in the third when first baseman Walter Olmstead (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur) came home on a perfectly executed double steal.
Horned Frog starter Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Seminole J.C.) retired 12 of the 16 batters he faced from the third through sixth innings to keep the contest knotted at two.
However, the Golden Eagles broke the game open in the seventh inning, scoring four runs on four hits to take a 6-2 lead.
Left fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) hammered his second homer of the season, and the Frogs' first of the series, over the left center field wall in the bottom of the stanza to bring TCU within 6-3.
But that would be as close as the Frogs would get as Southern Miss plated single runs in the eighth and ninth to account for the final tally.
Making his first start of the season in right field, Greg Bratton (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) was the only Frog to enjoy a multi-hit game, going 3-for-5. Trofholz extended his season-long hitting streak to five games with his round-tripper and his team-best batting average stands at .468.
The Horned Frogs will take a much-needed four days off before returning to action next weekend, March 22-24 at C-USA foe East Carolina.