Baseball Dropped by No. 17 Baylor 10-3
April 2, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU's mastery of ranked foes was halted Tuesday afternoon when No. 17 Baylor scored eight unanswered runs to blow open a 2-2 game and went on to topple the Horned Frogs 10-3 at TCU Diamond. The loss was TCU's first of the season to the Bears and dropped the Frogs to 7-2 against nationally ranked competition this season.
Baylor opened the contest scoring by plating a pair of runs in the top of the first, but TCU answered in the bottom of frame with two runs of its own to knot the game at 2-2. Left fielder Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) put the Frogs' first run on the board with a solo home run to center field and third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) followed three batters later with an RBI single to account for the TCU scoring.
After the shaky first, TCU starter Ryan Grafe (Austin, Texas/Lanier/Eastfield J.C.) settled down, holding the Bears scoreless over the next three innings. However, Baylor third baseman Michael Griffin broke the deadlock in the fifth with a grand slam, putting the Bears ahead for good at 6-2.
From there, TCU wasn't able to muster anything off Baylor reliever Sean Walker. Walker, who the Horned Frogs reached for four runs in just two innings last Tuesday in Waco, held the Frogs to no runs and four hits over five innings to collect the win.
Baylor (21-11) iced the game by notching four runs over the last three innings to take a commanding 10-2 lead.
Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall/U. of Texas) belted a pinch-hit solo home run for TCU in the ninth to close the scoring. The blast was a bright spot for the Frogs because it was Duncan's first appearance since sustaining a hamstring injury March 24 at East Carolina.
Right fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) and designated hitter Shaff Elkouri (Norman, Okla./Asher/Seminole J.C.) were the only Frogs to enjoy multi-hit days, both going 2-for-4. The two-hit effort by Trofholz raised his league-leading batting average to a lofty. 460.
After putting together a season-long six-game winning streak, TCU has dropped two-straight to fall below .500 at 15-16 overall. The Horned Frogs look to get back on track when the visit South Florida for a key Conference USA series this weekend. Game times are set for 6 p.m. (CST) Friday, Noon (CST) Saturday and Noon (CDT) Sunday in Tampa, Fla.