TCU Shuts Out Southwest Texas, 8-0
April 1, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Backed up by four-run TCU outbursts in the first and third innings, three Horned Frog pitchers combined for the squad's first shutout of the year, an 8-0 whitewashing of Southwest Texas Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field.
Left-hander Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) turned in his finest performance of the season to lead the way to the shutout, allowing just three hits over a season-high seven innings of work. The senior also tied a season-high with three strikeouts.
The TCU offense made it easy for Shoemaker to mow through the Southwest Texas lineup by posting four runs in the first inning and four more in the third to jump out to the 8-0 advantage.
Jared Lundeen's (Fountain Hills, Ariz./Burnsville) first home run of the season, a three-run blast well over the left center field wall, highlighted the scoring in the third.
From there, Shoemaker cruised to raise his record to 3-2 on the season. After allowing two consecutive hits to lead off the second inning, the southpaw retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced. The only Bobcat to reach base during that stretch did so courtesy of a Horned Frog error.
Right-handers Clint Mokry (Taylor, Texas/Taylor) and Patrick Newburn (Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine) pitched a perfect inning each to put an exclamation point on the shutout, TCU's first since blanking UAB 8-0 last May 3 in Fort Worth.
Settle was the only Horned Frog with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 to extend his season-long hitting streak to eight games.
TCU (19-13, 6-3 C-USA) will look to keep up its winning ways when it travels to C-USA foe Memphis for a three-game series this weekend. Game one is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at U of M's Nat Buring Stadium.
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