TCU Closes Out Impressive Sweep Of UAB With 10-2 Win
April 13, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) drove in a career-high six runs and came just a single short of hitting for the cycle to lead TCU to a 10-2 win over UAB Sunday afternoon at Jerry D. Young Memorial Field. The win completed a series sweep for TCU (23-15, 10-5 C-USA), as the Horned Frogs outscored the Blazers 18-2 over the three-game set in Birmingham.
Settle opened the scoring in the third inning when he blasted his fifth home run of the season, a two-run job well beyond the left field wall to give TCU a 2-0 advantage.
The senior third baseman doubled TCU's advantage an inning later when he drilled a two-run triple off the wall in left center, scoring Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) and Shaff Elkouri (Norman, Okla./Asher) and putting the Horned Frogs ahead 4-0.
TCU blew the game open an inning later with two more runs, upping the lead to 6-0. Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer) accounted for the scoring with a two-run double to right center en route to a 3-for-5 day at the plate for the Horned Frog catcher.
Settle added his fifth and sixth RBI of the afternoon with a two-run double to right center in the top of the ninth inning. A batter later, Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) put an exclamation point on the triumph by launching a two-run homer to right field, giving the Frogs a 10-1 lead.
Five TCU pitchers combined to continue the Frogs' weekend-long stranglehold on the UAB offense. Junior Robbie Findlay (Toronto, Ontario/Michael Power) upped his season record to 2-1 by allowing just five hits and striking out five in five scoreless innings.
The Horned Frog staff had its consecutive scoreless innings streak snapped at 26 when UAB (21-13, 6-8 C-USA) scored its only runs of the weekend with single tallies in the eighth and ninth stanzas.
In all, Settle went 3-for-5 to lead the Frogs at the plate. The six RBI topped his previous career-best of five set last February 17 versus Southwest Texas and February 14 of this season at Southeastern Louisiana.
The damage could have been even worse, in fact, as the Frogs left a season-high 16 runners on base in the rout.
TCU face another important three-game C-USA series next weekend as it hosts East Carolina (23-12-1, 10-5 C-USA) at Lupton Stadium. Game times are set for 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Easter Sunday.