Jerome's Shutout Gives Baseball 3-0 Win Over Cincinnati
April 25, 2003
AMELIA, Ohio - Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) continued his bid for Conference USA Pitcher of the Year honors as he recorded his first complete-game shutout of the season in TCU's 3-0 victory over Cincinnati Friday afternoon at Midland Field.
Jerome scattered four hits over the complete-game gem while striking out five and not walking a Cincinnati batter. The right-hander went the distance for the fourth time this season and upped his overall record to 9-1. He lowered his ERA to 1.72 and ran his incredible strikeout-to-walk ratio to better than 6-to-1 (79 strikeouts and 13 walks).
In C-USA action, Jerome has been even more impressive as he moved to 7-0 in seven league starts with Friday's whitewashing. His ERA dipped to 0.78 and he has struck out 60 batters versus just seven walks in league play. Conference USA foes are hitting just .169 against the junior.
The Frogs scored single runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings to provide Jerome with more than enough support.
Designated hitter Chris Neuman (Fort Worth, Texas/Western Hills) provided two of the three runs with his team-leading 11th home run of the season in the fourth and an RBI groundout in the sixth. First baseman Jared Lundeen (Fountain Hills, Ariz./Burnsville, Minn.) opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second.
Cincinnati starter B.J. Borsa was the tough-luck loser, allowing three runs, but only one earned, in seven innings of work. The right-hander fell to 4-6 on the season.
With its seventh-straight C-USA triumph, TCU (27-16, 14-5 C-USA) moved to within a half-game of league-leading Southern Miss in the conference standings, with the Golden Eagles set to face UAB Friday evening.
Cincinnati dropped to 12-28 overall and 5-14 in league play.
The squads will resume their three-game series at 10 a.m. EDT (9 a.m. CDT) Saturday morning at Midland Field.