TCU defeats Charlotte, 11-6
March 29, 2002
Walter Olmstead drove in six runs on three hits, leading TCU to an 11-6 win over visiting Charlotte Friday at the TCU Diamond. With the win, the Frogs extend their winning streak to a season-high five games, and are now 14-14 overall, 5-2 in Conference USA action. Charlotte drops to 15-10 overall, 5-2 in C-USA play.
Olmstead drove in the six runs on a pair of doubles and a home run, his fifth of the season. His two-run double in the first provided TCU with an early 2-0 lead. In the second, Olmstead's three-run home run, capped a five-run inning. Third baseman Mike Settle had two hits, including a two-run double in the second. As a team, the Frogs had 18 hits, including four extra-base hits.
TCU starting pitcher Clayton Jerome pitched eight-plus solid innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, to record his fourth win of the season. Jerome did not allow a hit until the Alex Derhak led off the fifth with a single. Charlotte scored one run in the sixth on a pair of hits, then added one run in the eighth on a Nick Blackmon double and a Marko Little sacrifice fly. As Jerome tired in the ninth, the 49ers came up with four runs on four hits. Tim Collinsworth, who replaced Jerome in the ninth, struck out two before allowing a three-run home run to George Sandel.
After scoring eight runs in the first two innings, the Frogs were kept off the scoreboard until the eighth, when they scored three runs on four hits. Eight Frogs had at least two hits in the game, including Olmstead and catcher Jonathan Marshall, who also had three hits. Levi Robinson, Chris Meeks, Terry Trofholz, Settle, Jeff Reed and Will Lewis each had two hits.
Sandel led Charlotte with four RBI and two hits, including his second home run of the season. Blackmon came off the bench to record two hits. Charlotte starting pitcher Matt Johnson (1-1) suffered the loss. He allowed seven runs, four earned, on seven hits in 1.1 innings. After reliever Brian York allowed one run, without retiring a batter, Pat Gambale blanked the Frogs in the next 5.1 innings.
The series will continue on Saturday, March 30. First-pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. (central time).
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