Eleven-Run Seventh Inning Propels TCU Past UAB, 13-8
May 4, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU scored 11 runs in the seventh inning to break open a one-run ballgame and went on to defeat UAB 13-8 Saturday afternoon at TCU Diamond. TCU (24-24, 15-8 C-USA) has taken the first two games of its three-game series with UAB to move back to .500 for the season.
Holding a slim 2-1 lead entering the bottom of the seventh, the Horned Frog offense exploded for nine hits, including seven-straight before UAB could record an out, en route to their season-best 11-run stanza.
First baseman Walter Olmstead (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur) blasted his team-leading 11th home run of the season to cap the seven-straight hits that opened the inning and gave the Frogs a 9-1 advantage. The other big hit in the inning was a three-run double to left center field by catcher Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer/Eastfield J.C.), his second base hit of the stanza.
In all, TCU sent 16 batters to the plate in the seventh as four different Frogs collected RBI and two TCU batters notched two hits in the frame. Hatcher led the way, drilling a single and a double and driving in four Horned Frog runs in the frame.
The other Frog to collect a pair of hits in the 11-run seventh was right fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton). With those hits, Trofholz extended his TCU season-long hitting streak to a remarkable 21 games. The junior has also hit safely in 29 of the last 30 games and in 40 of his 44 starts this season.
Not to be overshadowed by the Frogs' offensive outburst was the pitching of sophomore Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet). The right-hander went seven strong innings, allowing one run on just three hits, walking one and striking out seven. The victory upped Jerome's overall record to 8-3, as well as an impressive 7-1 in league starts this season.
UAB (14-32, 6-17 C-USA) made it interesting plating seven runs over the last two innings, including five in the ninth, to cut the Frogs' advantage to 13-8 and bring the tying run to the on-deck circle. But TCU senior Josh Gardner (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements) came on to record the final out and shut the door on the Blazers' rally to pick up his first-career save.
TCU will go for its third C-USA series sweep of the season when it takes on UAB in the finale of the three-game set Sunday afternoon. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m. at TCU Diamond.