South Florida Shuts Out TCU 3-0 To Snap Frogs' Nine-Game C-USA Winning Streak
May 2, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - South Florida starter John Uhl held TCU scoreless for just the second time this season as USF blanked the Horned Frogs 3-0 Friday evening at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field. The setback snapped a nine-game Conference USA winning streak for TCU (29-18, 16-6 C-USA) and dropped the Frogs two games behind league-leading Southern Miss, a 6-3 winner at East Carolina Friday.
South Florida (28-17, 12-8 C-USA) touched TCU starter Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) for three-consecutive hits to lead off the game, capped by a three-run homer from shortstop Myron Leslie that accounted for all the scoring in the contest.
After the rocky start, Jerome pitched brilliantly. The junior right-hander allowed just four hits after the first three batters he faced and did not allow a hit to 18-straight Bulls after the home run until the seventh inning.
Jerome fell just one short of a career high with 12 strikeouts, but was still saddled with his first loss in eight league starts. Overall, the C-USA Pitcher of the Year candidate dropped to 9-2, yet his ERA remains an impressive 1.85.
The Frogs only real threat against Uhl came in the fourth inning, as Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) and Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) led off the frame with a single and double, respectively. However, Uhl managed to fan the next two TCU batters and got out of the jam by inducing an inning-ending flyout to center field.
Junior Joey Livingston, making his school-record 101st appearance on the mound for South Florida, got the final out for his league leading 12th save of the season.
The only other time the Frogs were shut out this season came on February 16, when Southeastern Louisiana blanked TCU 2-0.
TCU will look to even the three-game weekend series with the Bulls when the two teams meet again on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field.