Baseball Extends Win Streak to Six By Completing Sweep of East Carolina
April 20, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU scored in every inning but the first en route to a 12-6 rout of East Carolina Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field. The triumph completed the Horned Frogs' three-game sweep of the highly touted Pirates and extended the Frogs' winning streak to a season-best six games.
TCU (26-15, 13-5 C-USA) scored single runs in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth innings, two in the seventh and three in both the third and fifth stanzas to cap a weekend that saw the Horned Frogs scorch East Carolina pitching for 24 runs in three games. The Pirates had allowed just 3.8 runs per game entering the weekend.
Horned Frog designated hitter Chris Neuman (Fort Worth, Texas/Western Hills) led Sunday's offensive charge for TCU by driving in three runs and scoring three more. All three of the left-hander's RBI came on a moon shot home run in the fifth inning that gave TCU an 8-2 lead and effectively sealed the outcome of the game.
Neuman's team-leading 10th bomb of the season sailed well over the scoreboard in right field and came just feet short of becoming the first ball to ever clear the retaining fence that separates the Lupton Stadium grounds from Berry Street.
Third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) and first baseman Jared Lundeen (Fountain Hills, Ariz./Burnsville, Minn.) each drove in a pair of runs on two hits to help pace the Horned Frogs. Settle had an RBI single and double while Lundeen launched a two-run homer to left field in the seventh.
Junior Robbie Findlay (Toronto, Ontario/Michael Power) picked up the victory with 6.1 solid innings on the mound. The right-hander allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits in the outing and tied a career high with six strikeouts. The win upped his record to 3-1 on the season.
Despite its second sweep of East Carolina (24-16-1, 10-8 C-USA) in as many seasons, TCU remains a game behind Conference USA leader Southern Miss, who completed a three-game sweep at Memphis on Sunday.
The Pirates, who have advanced to four-straight NCAA Tournaments, fell from a second-place tie in the C-USA standings with TCU entering the weekend to sixth place, four games off the pace set by Southern Miss.
TCU will take its show to the road for the next five games, beginning with a non-conference showdown at nationally ranked Baylor Tuesday evening. Game time between the Horned Frogs and Bears is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark in Waco.