Baseball Tops South Florida, 7-6
April 7, 2002
TAMPA, Fla. - TCU first baseman Walter Olmstead's (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur) RBI groundout in the top of the ninth inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave the Horned Frogs a 7-6 win over South Florida Sunday afternoon at USF's Red McEwen Field. The victory, which came after the Bulls scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the contest, gave the Frogs two-of-three games in the pivotal Conference USA series.
TCU (17-17, 8-4 C-USA) plated runs in each of the first three innings to grab an early 5-0 lead.
After USF starter Ryan Gloger retired the first two batters he faced, he ran into control problems, walking the next batter and then hitting the next two to load the bases. Horned Frog catcher Jonathan Marshall (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) followed by drawing another walk for an RBI before Olmstead drove a two-run single down the left field line to stake the Frogs to a 3-0 advantage.
Right fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) extended the TCU lead to 4-0 in the second with an RBI single through the right side of the infield. The hit also extended Trofholz's hitting streak to seven games. The junior has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games overall.
The Frogs added another tally on a Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) sacrifice fly in the third to push the lead to 5-0.
Meanwhile, TCU starter Patrick Newburn (Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine/Northeast Texas C.C.) was cruising, allowing no hits through the first three innings. However, Newburn ran into a bit of trouble in the fourth, allowing a run on two hits as the Bulls cut the TCU lead to 5-1.
USF reached Newburn for two more runs an inning later to chase the right-hander from the game and leave the score at 5-3 after five innings. The big hit in the frame was a two-run triple off the bat of USF's Mike Barclay.
In all, Newburn went 4.2 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. The right-hander walked three and struck out three.
After jumping out to the 5-0 lead, TCU's offense was held at bay by USF reliever David Austen. The junior scattered six hits over five-plus innings, allowing two runs before giving way to Keith Strickland.
The Frogs added a run off Strickland (charged to Austen) on a Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C.) RBI single up the middle, which gave TCU a 6-3 advantage. All of TCU's first six runs came with two outs.
However, for the second-straight day, South Florida staged a late rally, scoring three runs on four hits in the eighth to tie the game at 6-6. The big hit came from USF second baseman Mike Macaluso, a two-run single that tied the contest and set up the Horned Frog heroics in the ninth.
TCU hurler Ryan Weems (Roswell, N.M./Goddard/New Mexico State) pitched 1.1 perfect innings of relief to pick up his second win of the season. USF's Joey Livingston pitched the ninth to collect the loss.
The Horned Frogs return to action next weekend when they host Saint Louis in a three-game Conference USA series. Game times are set for 3:05 p.m. Friday and 1:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at TCU Diamond.