Jerome Pitches TCU Past Saint Louis, 6-0
April 12, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU starting pitcher Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) struck out a career-high 10 in eight innings of work as the Horned Frogs rolled past Conference USA-rival Saint Louis 6-0 Friday afternoon at TCU Diamond. With the win, TCU (18-17, 9-4 C-USA) moved within a half-game of first-place Southern Miss, with the Eagles playing host to Louisville Friday night.
In all, Jerome scattered six hits and just one walk in eight innings of work to up his record to 6-2 overall. Even more impressively, the right-hander moved to a perfect 5-0 in league games, as he has captured the first game of every C-USA series for the Frogs this season. Jerome also lowered his ERA to 2.67, tops among Horned Frog starters.
The Horned Frog offense gave their hurler all the support he would need in the first inning as the Frogs grabbed a 2-0 lead. The two runs came courtesy of a pair of Billiken miscues, an error to lead off the frame and a passed ball which led to TCU's second run.
From there, Jerome mowed down Saint Louis, not allowing the first SLU hit until the fourth inning. The sophomore never allowed the Billikens to threaten, as SLU advanced just two runners past second base, both of which reached third with two outs.
TCU put the game away in the fourth and fifth innings by plating three runs in the stanzas to stretch the lead to 5-0. First baseman Walter Olmstead's (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur) team-leading seventh home run of the season in the fourth inning highlighted the barrage.
As Jerome continued to cruise, the Frogs closed out the scoring in the eighth on a Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) RBI single through the right side.
Junior Ryan Weems (Roswell, N.M./Goddard/New Mexico State) pitched a perfect ninth to complete the shutout.
Left fielder Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) was the only Frog to enjoy a multi-hit afternoon (2-for-5) as the stingy SLU pitching staff held TCU to just seven hits.
TCU will look to make it two in a row over the Billikens when the two squads meet again Saturday afternoon. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m. at TCU Diamond.