Sam Houston State Outlasts TCU, 11-10
April 29, 2003
The TCU Horned Frogs committed seven fielding errors leading to nine unearned runs, as they dropped a wild 11-10 non-conference decision at Sam Houston State on Tuesday afternoon.
The Frogs (29-17) twice rallied from four-run deficits to take a 10-9 lead entering the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Bearkats (18-28) scored two unearned runs in that frame to regain the lead and never looked back. Nathan Boyd (2-5), the fourth Bearkats' hurler, held TCU scoreless over the final three innings for the win.
Sam Houston State took a 5-1 lead after three innings against Horned Frog starter Chris Ostentowski by scoring single runs in the first and second innings and three times in the third. The TCU righthander surrendered eight hits and a pair of walks in his three stanzas, but only one of the five runs he allowed was earned, as the Frogs committed three errors behind him.
The Frogs knotted the score at 5 by sending nine batters to the plate in the top half of the fourth inning. Will Lewis led off with a solid single to left and Shaff Elkouri was hit by a pitch. Chris Meeks laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt and when the throw got away at first, the bases were loaded. After a Terry Trofholz sacrifice fly, Jake Duncan was walked, reloading the bases. Mike Settle was hit by a pitch forcing in one run and Justin Hatcher followed with a two-run single to get the Frogs even.
Sam Houston State came back with four runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth inning by sending nine batters to the plate against TCU reliever Zach Duncan. A catcher's interference call and another TCU fielding error contributed to the uprising, as the Bearkats went on top 9-5.
That lead was short-lived, as TCU rallied for five runs in the top of the sixth to take a 10-9 advantage. Jake Duncan and Settle led off with back-to-back singles. After a strikeout, designated hitter Chris Neuman belted a long three-run home run into the trees well beyond the right field fence, his team-leading 13th round tripper of the season. Jared Lundeen singled and scored on a one-out double by Lewis to knot the game at 9. Lewis advanced to third on the throw to the plate and scored the go-ahead run on a suicide squeeze bunt by Elkouri.
Ryan Weems (2-2) took the hard-luck loss for TCU. Brandon Foster led off the Bearkats seventh against Weems and reached on a fielding error by first baseman Lundeen. The Frogs were one out away from getting out of the jam after a sacrifice bunt and a pop out, but Elkouri was unable to handle Andy Kaspanek's grounder, and the game was tied at 10. Kaspanek took second on the throw to the plate and scored on Dom Garcia's game-winning RBI single to center.
The Frogs, who were even with SHSU in the hit department at 14, were led at the plate by Jake Duncan, who went 3-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored, and by Lewis, who went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI.
The Frogs return to conference action this weekend when they host South Florida in a three-game set at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field on the TCU campus. Friday's series lidlifter is a 6:30 p.m. start. The Frogs are in second place in the Conference USA standings, just one game in back of Southern Miss.
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