Frogs Romp Past Saint Louis, 13-3
March 22, 2003
ST. LOUIS - Every TCU starter had at least one hit and starting pitcher Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) tossed seven scoreless innings to pace the Horned Frogs' 13-3 victory over Saint Louis Saturday afternoon at the Billiken Sports Center. With the win, TCU (15-11, 4-1 C-USA) moved alone into second place in Conference USA, just a game behind first place Southern Miss.
After plating a single run in the second inning, the Horned Frogs broke the contest wide open with four runs in the third. Catcher Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer) capped the four-run third frame by launching a two-run home run to straight-away center field, his second round-tripper of the season.
TCU added a single run in the fifth, three in the sixth and four in the seventh stanza to stretch its advantage to 13-0. Highlighting the outburst were a two-run double by second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana) in the sixth and a two-run homer to left center by first baseman Chris Neuman (Fort Worth, Texas/Western Hills) in the seventh. Neuman's long ball was his third of the weekend and upped his league-leading season total to eight.
Jerome was just as effective as the Horned Frog offense. The right-hander retired 12-straight Billikens to open the game and went on to allow just two hits and one walk while striking out a season-high nine batters. With the victory, Jerome moved to a team-best 4-1 on the campaign.
Saint Louis (5-9, 0-5 C-USA) was able to manage an unearned run in the eighth and two more scores in the ninth to account for the final margin.
With the convincing victory, TCU has now outscored SLU 49-5 in five all-time meetings between the two squads.
The Frogs will go for the sweep when they conclude their three-game series with the Billikens Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Due to the TCU women's basketball NCAA Tournament contest, Sunday's baseball game will not be broadcast on KTCU. However, live updates from Saint Louis can be heard during the TCU-Michigan State women's hoops broadcast on KTCU 88.7 FM.