Baseball Splits Twinbill With Louisville
April 28, 2002
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A day after having its Conference USA showdown with Louisville washed out by rain, TCU baseball split a doubleheader with the Cardinals Sunday afternoon. The Horned Frogs blasted Louisville 13-4 in the opener while the Frogs fell 4-3 in the nightcap.
An offensive outburst and another impressive start by pitcher Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) led TCU to the decisive victory in game one. TCU put at least one run on the board in every inning but the second, highlighted by a three-run first and six-run sixth.
The big hit for the Frogs in the first was an RBI double off the bat of left fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton). The knock not only got TCU on the board, but extended Trofholz's TCU season-long hitting streak to 17 games.
Holding a comfortable 7-0 lead heading into the sixth inning, the Horned Frogs exploded for six runs on five hits. Putting an exclamation mark on the outburst were three TCU home runs, back-to-back jobs from Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall/U. of Texas) and Walter Olmstead (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur), followed by a two-run bomb three batters later by Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin).
Jerome hurled six strong innings, surrendering just four sixth-inning runs and scattering seven hits to pick up the win. The victory was the sophomore's sixth in Conference USA play versus just one league loss. Overall, the right-hander upped his record to 7-3.
In game two, Louisville (27-12, 14-7 C-USA) grabbed an early 3-0 lead before TCU clawed back within a run with a pair of tallies in the top of the fifth inning. Catcher Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer/Eastfield J.C.) drove in both Frog runs with a single to center field.
After U of L added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, Horned Frog third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas Country Day) made things interesting by leading off the seventh with a towering homer which cut the TCU deficit to 4-3.
However, that would be as close as the Frogs would get as Cardinal closer Carlos Fernandez shut the door to record his second save of the season.
In the loss, Trofholz went 1-for-2 to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. For the season, the junior is on pace to break the TCU and C-USA hitting records with his blazing .482 average.
Both games of the twinbill were only seven innings long per C-USA doubleheader rules.
TCU (22-23, 13-8 C-USA) will return to action Tuesday night when it travels to Dell Diamond in Round Rock to face the nationally ranked Longhorns of Texas. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m.