Baseball Comes From Behind To Beat Louisville
April 26, 2002
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Terry Trofholz's (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) 75th hit of the season may have been his biggest so far, as his two-out, two-run single to left field in the top of the ninth inning erased a 7-6 TCU deficit in the Frogs' 12-10 come-from-behind win over first-place Louisville. The win snapped TCU's season-long five-game losing streak.
With the bases loaded and two away in the top of the ninth inning, Trofholz's single put the Frogs ahead for the first time since they lead 6-5 after three-and-a-half stanzas. From there, the floodgates opened as TCU strung together three more hits and tallied four more runs to complete the six-run ninth.
Louisville attempted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, putting the go ahead run on first base, but TCU reliever Ryan Grafe (Austin, Texas/Lanier/Eastfield J.C.) shut the door to pick up his first-career save.
The Horned Frogs were able to make the comeback thanks to the spectacular pitching of Chris Osentowski (Garland, Texas/Richardson Berkner). The right-hander threw 7.2 innings in relief of starter Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Seminole J.C.). Shoemaker only made it two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on five hits in his shortest start of the campaign.
The win was the first of Osentowski's career and the save was Grafe's career first.
The contest looked like a shootout from the beginning, as TCU (21-22, 12-7 C-USA) raced out of the gates in the first inning, plating three runs on three hits to take the early lead. The Frogs belted a pair of extra-base hits in the frame, including an RBI triple off the bat of first baseman Walter Olmstead (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur), his first three-bagger of the season.
Trofholz also collected an RBI in the opening frame by beating out an infield single. The hit extended the junior's TCU season-long hitting streak to 16 games. He has also hit safely in 24 of the last 25 contests and 35 of his 39 starts this season.
However, Louisville (26-11, 13-6 C-USA) responded with five runs on five hits in the home half of the first to take a 5-3 lead. The Cardinals swatted a pair of extra-base hits of their own in the outburst, highlighted by right fielder Mark Jurich's team-leading 11th home run of the season.
Horned Frog starter Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Seminole J.C.) did not make it out of the first as he allowed all five runs in just two-thirds of an inning. The outing was the southpaw's shortest as a starter all season.
The Frogs scored three more runs in the top of the second to regain a 6-5 lead. The stanza's only hit was an RBI single from shortstop Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C.).
The seesaw battle continued in the bottom of the fourth inning as Louisville scored another pair of runs to retake the advantage at 7-6.
Louisville starter Scott Barber settled down after the shaky first two innings, holding the Frogs hitless over the next five frames. In all, the right-hander allowed six runs (five earned) in seven-plus innings of work.
Trofholz led the Frogs offensively, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. He raised his league-leading batting average to a lofty .478.
The two teams will get back at it Saturday afternoon in game two of a three-game series. First pitch is slated for noon (CDT) at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.