TCU, Jerome Outduel No. 20 East Carolina, 5-1
March 22, 2002
GREENVILLE, N.C. - On a cold night at East Carolina's Harrington Field, TCU was able to break open a pitcher's duel with four runs in the top of the ninth inning and held on to defeat No. 20 East Carolina 5-1 Friday evening. The win was the Horned Frogs' fourth of the season against a nationally ranked opponent versus just one loss.
The pitcher's duel featured TCU starter Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) and ECU hurler Sam Narron. Through five innings, the two combined to allow just two hits, both off Jerome in the third, as the offenses were held scoreless.
TCU was the first to find a chink in either pitcher's armor, reaching Narron, the nephew of Texas Rangers manager Jerry Narron, for a run on two hits in the sixth. Left fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) laid down a perfect two-out bunt down the first base line, scoring Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C.) and giving the Frogs a 1-0 lead.
After three more hitless innings from Jerome, the Pirates reached the scoreboard in the eighth, plating the tying run on a sacrifice fly to left field by right fielder Ryan Jones.
But TCU put the game away with four runs on four hits in the top of the ninth. First baseman Walter Olmstead (San Antonio/MacArthur) started the rally with a single through the left side of the infield. After an intentional walk, Horned Frog catcher Jonathan Marshall (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) put the Frogs ahead with a single up the middle, scoring Olmstead from second.
That would be all for Narron, but TCU was not done, as the Horned Frogs went on to tally three more runs after the southpaw left the ballgame to account for the final score.
As was the case all night, Jerome put away the Pirates in the bottom of the frame to close out his second complete game of the season. In all, the sophomore allowed just three hits, the two in the third and a harmless single in the ninth, and one run while tying a career high with seven strikeouts and walking two.
The Frogs will look to go above .500 in conference play when they face off with ECU again at 2 p.m. (CST) Saturday afternoon at Harrington Field in Greenville.