Baseball Extends Winning Streak to Six, Drills Charlotte 19-3
March 30, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - Twelve different TCU batters collected hits and nine Horned Frogs drove in runs as the Frogs routed Charlotte 19-3 Saturday afternoon at TCU Diamond. With the win - their sixth straight - the Horned Frogs (15-14, 6-2 Conference USA) are over .500 for the first time since Feb. 9 and have moved into a four-way tie for first place in C-USA.
For the second-straight day, and third time in his career, TCU first baseman Walter Olmstead (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur) tied a career high with six RBI to lead the Frogs' offensive explosion. The junior was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the first, blasted a three-run homer in the third and added a pair of RBI singles in the fourth and fifth to account for his six ribbies.
For the day, Olmstead also tied career highs by going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and has gone a combined 7-for-9 with 12 RBI and six runs scored in two games versus Charlotte.
As a team, TCU tallied five runs in the first inning, six in the third, four in the fourth and two more in the fifth to open a 17-1 lead after five frames.
Besides Olmstead, other Horned Frogs enjoying big days were left fielder Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.), who was 2-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored, and catcher Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer/Eastfield J.C.) who added a 3-for-3, two-RBI, two-run effort.
Not to be overshadowed by the 19-run outburst was an impressive pitching effort from TCU starter Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Seminole J.C.). The southpaw hurled a career-high eight innings, scattering eight hits but allowed just one walk and one run to move to 4-2 on the season.
The win catapulted the Frogs past Charlotte (15-11, 5-3 C-USA) in the league standings and into a four-way tie for first with Houston, Louisville and Southern Miss.
TCU will look to notch its second-straight three-game C-USA sweep and extend its season-long winning streak to seven Sunday afternoon at TCU Diamond. First pitch for the Easter Sunday showdown is set for 12:05 p.m. (note change from originally scheduled time).