Baseball Defeated By No. 5 Texas, 14-8
April 30, 2002
ROUND ROCK, Texas - Texas freshman J.D. Reininger blasted three home runs and drove in seven runs as the Longhorns defeated TCU 14-8 Tuesday night at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. With the loss, TCU dropped the season series to No. 5 UT two games to one.
Texas got on the board first when designated Reininger belted the first of his three two-run homers on the night, and sixth bomb of the season, well over the left field wall to give the Longhorns an early 2-0 lead.
TCU's Walter Olmstead (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur) single-handedly cut the Horned Frog deficit in half in the bottom of the frame. The first baseman drilled a one-out double to right center field, then caught UT pitcher Tim McGough off guard on a delayed steal of third and advanced home when McGough made an errant throw to try and catch him to make the score 2-1, Texas.
After three scoreless frames, the game turned into an offensive battle as the two squads combined to score six runs over the next inning and a half.
The Frogs opened the outburst and took their first lead of the ballgame in the bottom of the fifth, plating a pair of runs to go ahead 3-2. Catcher Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer/Eastfield J.C.) drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to right field. A batter later, second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana/Seminole J.C.) brought home the go-ahead run, scoring from third on a wild pitch.
The lead was short-lived for the Frogs, however, as Texas jumped back on top with three runs in the top of the sixth. The big blow for the Longhorns was Reininger's second dinger of the game, another two-run blast to left.
TCU answered again in the bottom of the sixth, notching a single tally to cut the UT lead to 5-4. Horned Frog designated hitter Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall/U. of Texas) opened the frame by swatting his third extra-base hit of the season off his former team, a triple to left center field. Two batters later, Olmstead recorded his second double of the game, this time to left center field, to score Duncan and bring the Frogs within one.
UT averted a TCU threat to tie the game in the same stanza when left fielder Robbie Hueble threw out Olmstead at the plate as he tried to advance home on a single by center fielder Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin).
Two more Texas homers, including Reininger's third blast of the game, in the top of the eighth put the Longhorns up 8-4. Reininger went became the first Longhorn since Brett Loeffler achieved the feat on April 22, 1997.
Olmstead drove in his second run of the game in the bottom of the eighth to bring the Frogs within 8-5, but they squandered a chance to make it even closer by capitalizing further on a no-out, bases-loaded opportunity.
Reininger closed out his spectacular night by notching an RBI single in the Longhorns' six-run ninth inning, which put the Texas up 14-5. In all, the designated hitter went 4-for-5 with the three homers and seven RBI.
Olmstead closed out an impressive night of his own by drilling a two-run homer well past the left center field wall to close out the scoring. Olmstead finished the night going 4-for-5 with four RBI and a pair of runs scored.
In the loss, TCU's Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) extended his hitting streak to a TCU season-long 19 games. His two hits also gave him 81 for the season, tying him for 10th on the school's single-season hit list with Matt Howe (1996).
The Frogs will be back in action this weekend when they host Conference USA rival UAB for a three-game set. Game one is slated for 3:05 p.m. Friday at TCU Diamond.