TCU Drops Decision To Sooners, 7-3
April 16, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - After scoring 31 runs in a three-game weekend dismantling of Saint Louis, TCU was only able to muster three runs as it fell 7-3 to Oklahoma Tuesday night at OU's L. Dale Mitchell Park. With the loss, TCU fell to 20-18 overall and had its four-game winning streak snapped.
TCU opened the scoring, plating a run in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Center fielder Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) led off the frame with his team-leading 12th double of the season and later scored on an RBI single through the left side by Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C).
The lead was short-lived, however, as Oklahoma notched four runs over the next three innings to take a 4-1 lead. Right fielder Reggie Willits and designated hitter Luke Alexander hit home runs to lead the charge.
Sooner pitcher David Purcy, making his first career start, was impressive in holding TCU to just one run on five hits in six innings of work to pick up the win.
Oklahoma (21-15) put the game away in the bottom of the seventh when catcher Ryan Richardson hit a towering two-run homer to left center field, making the score 6-1.
The Frogs managed a run in the top of the eighth to cut the deficit to 6-2. Left fielder Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) belted a triple to the deepest part of the park in left center field and scored a batter later on a sacrifice fly from Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) to account for the Horned Frog tally.
Oklahoma shortstop Danver Kitch then closed out the Sooners' scoring with the OU's fourth home run of the game, a solo shot in the eight that made the score 7-2.
TCU second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana/Seminole J.C.) lofted a sacrfice fly to center field in the ninth to account for the final margin.
Despite the setback, Trofholz extended his TCU season-long hitting streak to 11 games with his 1-for-2 effort. The junior has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games overall.
The Horned Frogs will look to get back on track and maintain their first-place standing in Conference USA when it visits 2001 College World Series participant Tulane this weekend. Game one of the three-game series is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday in New Orleans.