TCU Rolls Into First Place With 11-1 Win Over Saint Louis
April 13, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - For the second-straight day, TCU combined a spectacular pitching performance with a mid-inning offensive barrage as the Horned Frogs routed Saint Louis 11-1 Saturday afternoon at TCU Diamond. Coupled with Southern Miss' 3-1 loss to Louisville, TCU (19-17, 10-4 C-USA) moved back into a first-place tie atop the Conference USA standings.
Despite the offensive explosion, the story of the day was TCU starting pitcher Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Seminole J.C.). The junior left-hander carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and wound up allowing just six hits in the complete-game victory. The southpaw worked efficiently needing just 99 pitches to go the distance, walking just one while striking out four. His only run allowed was an unearned tally in the seventh.
TCU's offense made life easy for its pitcher as it touched three Saint Louis pitchers for 11 runs and 15 hits in just 6.1 innings.
After carrying a slim 2-0 lead into the fourth frame, the Frogs put the game away with three runs in the fourth and five more in the sixth to claim a 10-0 advantage. Highlighting the outburst were three RBI off the bat of Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) and seven Horned Frogs hits in the five-run sixth.
In all, Meeks and second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana/Seminole J.C.) led a TCU offense in which every starter collected at least one hit. Meeks went 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored while Lewis added a career-best 4-for-4 performance with three runs scored.
Catcher Drew Eder (2-for-4) was the only Billiken able to muster multiple hits off Shoemaker as Saint Louis dropped to 13-18 overall and 4-10 in C-USA.
TCU will go for the series sweep when it faces off with the Billikens Sunday afternoon at TCU Diamond. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
GAME NOTES The contest was delayed nearly three hours by rain ... the complete game was the first of Shoemaker's career, eclipsing his previous long outing of eight innings set March 30 versus Charlotte ... with a RBI single in the sixth, right fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) ran his hitting streak to a TCU season-best nine games ... Trofholz' current streak is only one game removed from his previous team-high eight-game run, meaning the junior has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 outings ... by guaranteeing the series victory, TCU is now 4-1 in C-USA series ... its only series loss came to Southern Miss, dropping the March 15-17 set with the Eagles two games to one ... Houston can also move into the first-place tie with TCU and Southern Miss if it beats Memphis Saturday in Houston.
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