Horned Frogs Split Doubleheader at Memphis
April 5, 2003
MEMPHIS - After TCU junior Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) struck out a career-high 12 in game one, Memphis rallied to claim game two to ensure a split of Saturday's doubleheader and give the Tigers a two games to one series victory over the Horned Frogs this weekend at Nat Buring Stadium.
TCU (20-15, 7-5 Conference USA) took Saturday's opener 8-0, while Memphis (10-20, 3-9 C-USA) won the nightcap 5-4. The teams played two on Saturday in order to conclude their three-game C-USA series before expected rain moves into the Memphis area on Sunday.
Jerome was the story of the game one shutout. The right-hander fanned two Tigers in each of his first four innings and one more in each of the last four frames en route to the 12-strikeout performance. The 12 Ks topped his previous career-high of 10, recorded on April 12 of last season versus Saint Louis.
Jerome faced the minimum number of batters through seven innings, as Michael Lewis, the only Memphis hitter to reach base during that time, was eliminated on double plays in the first and seventh innings. Between Lewis' single in the first and walk in the eighth, Jerome retired 17 straight Tigers.
With the victory, Jerome upped his team-best record to 6-1.
At the plate, the Horned Frogs put three runs on the board in the first and never looked back in the rout. Right fielder Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) registered his fifth three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Jared Lundeen (Fountain Hills, Ariz./Burnsville) had a two-run double in the three-run first and was the only Frog to drive in multiple runs in game one.
TCU appeared to be headed to a doubleheader sweep and series victory when it jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two-and-a-half innings of the nightcap.
However, the Tigers began to chip away at the league with single runs in the third and fifth innings.
Finally, with two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the seventh inning, Memphis center fielder Kevin House ripped a triple down the right field line to tie the game at 4-4. On the same play, TCU second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana) threw the relay into the Horned Frog dugout while attempting to gun House down at third, allowing the go-ahead run to cross the plate.
Memphis reliever Jarrett Grube kept the Tigers in the game by holding the Frogs at bay for the majority of the contest. Grube tossed 7.2 innings in relief of injured U of M starter Bill Edwards, allowing just an unearned run in the third and striking out nine to record his first victory of the season.
TCU third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) returned from a bout with food poisoning to record a hit in both games, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. The 10-game run ties the senior with Duncan for the longest streak on the squad this season.
The Horned Frogs will have five days off before returning to action Friday evening at UAB. First pitch of the critical three-game C-USA series between the Frogs and Blazers is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in Birmingham, Ala.