Frogs Move Into First-Place Tie With 10-3 Rout of South Florida
May 4, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Trailing 3-0 after three-and-a-half innings, the TCU Horned Frogs got word that a win would move them into a first-place tie in Conference USA, thanks to a 7-3 Southern Miss loss at East Carolina.
With that news, TCU scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth before sending 12 men to the plate in an eight-run fifth stanza en route to joining Southern Miss atop the league standings with a 10-3 victory over South Florida Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field.
The win was the Frogs' 11th in their last 12 C-USA games and gave them a two games to one series victory over the Bulls.
Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day), Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana) and Shaff Elkouri (Norman, Okla./Asher) each added RBI singles during the outburst, while first baseman Jared Lundeen (Fountain Hills, Ariz./Burnsville, Minn.) used great hustle to beat out a double play relay to drive in a run and keep the rally alive.
Run-scoring hits from Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer) and Lundeen started the Frogs' climb back from the 3-0 hole by plating two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
In all, every member of the TCU lineup recorded at least one hit, with six Horned Frogs enjoying multi-hit days, as the Frogs outhit the Bulls 15-7 on the afternoon.
Not to be overshadowed by the outstanding offensive display was a career day from starting pitcher Robbie Findlay (Toronto, Ontario/Michael Power). Findlay registered career highs with 7.2 innings pitched and seven strikeouts to collect the win and up his season record to 4-1. The right-hander allowed just six hits and walked only one while throwing 117 pitches.
By taking two-of-three games from South Florida (28-19, 12-10 C-USA), TCU moved to 31-18 on the season and 18-6 in conference play. The win also allowed the Frogs to surpass their win total of a year ago. TCU and Southern Miss are tied atop the league standings, a game ahead of Tulane and two games in front of Houston.