Baseball Suffers 6-5 Setback to Houston
March 30, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Despite leaving just two men stranded on base, compared to 14 left on for Houston, TCU dropped its series finale to the Cougars 6-5 on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field. With the loss, the Horned Frogs lost the three-game weekend series two games to one and fell into a third-place tie in the Conference USA standings with UH and East Carolina.
After Houston opened the scoring with three unearned runs in the top of the third, TCU (18-13, 6-3 C-USA) answered with four in the bottom of the stanza to take a 4-3 lead. Third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) delivered the big hit of the inning, a two-run double to left field. Two UH errors in the frame led to three of the Horned Frog runs also being unearned.
The Cougars tied the contest at 4-4 in their next at-bat, thanks to third baseman Hyung Cho's fourth double and fifth RBI of the three-game series.
After a pair of scoreless frames, Houston (14-14, 6-3 C-USA) extended its lead to 6-4 with a pair of runs in the seventh inning.
TCU center fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to center field and advanced to second on a throwing error by UH catcher Brett Logan. Settle closed the deficit to one run at 6-5 by lining a single into left center field, scoring Trofholz and giving Settle his third RBI of the afternoon and team-leading 33rd run driven in of the season.
However, Houston closer Ryan Wagner slammed the door on TCU's comeback hopes by striking out the side in the ninth to pick up his sixth save of the campaign.
Horned Frog reliever Zach Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) was saddled with the loss to fall to 1-3 on the season while Cougar southpaw Brian Henderson pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn his first victory of the year.
In all, Houston held a 14-6 advantage in hits, but TCU pitchers were able to strand the 14 Cougar runners, including nine in scoring position, to keep the Frogs within striking distance of the lead.
TCU will close out its five-game homestand when it hosts Southwest Texas Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field.