Frogs Use Seven-Run First Inning to Complete Sweep of UAB, 7-3
May 5, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - Much like Saturday, when TCU plated a season-high 11 runs in the seventh inning en route to a 13-8 win over UAB, a big inning was again the story Sunday afternoon as the Horned Frogs completed a three-game sweep of the Blazers with a 7-3 win at TCU Diamond. TCU (25-24, 16-8 Conference USA) tallied seven runs in the first inning, including six before UAB even recorded an out, to spark the victory.
After UAB (14-33, 6-18 C-USA) posted a run in the top of the first to claim an early 1-0 lead, the Horned Frogs responded with a vengeance in the bottom of the frame. The Frogs tied the game after just two batters as left fielder Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) led off with a double and scored one batter later on Levi Robinson's (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C.) single up the middle.
A walk and a hit batter later, designated hitter Shaff Elkouri (Norman, Okla./Asher/Seminole J.C.) gave the Frogs their first lead, beating out an infield single to score Robinson and give TCU a 2-1 advantage.
A batter later, third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) blew the contest open with a blazing two-run double down the right field line that put the Purple and White ahead 4-1. That would be it for UAB starter Jeff Brown, who allowed six runs on four hits and a walk without recording an out.
While Brown was done, the TCU offense was not as center fielder Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) welcomed UAB reliever Jon Burgett to the game by drilling a two-run double of his own to the gap in left center field, giving the Frogs a commanding 6-1 lead. TCU tallied one more run in the stanza to take a 7-1 advantage into the second inning.
From there, TCU starter Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Seminole J.C.) worked well with the lead his offense gave him, scattering seven hits over his six innings of work and allowing just three UAB runs. The performance earned Shoemaker his first win in his last four starts and upped his record to 6-4 for the season.
The UAB bullpen tandem of Burgett and Cody Cillo was also impressive, holding the Horned Frogs to just two hits and no runs over the last seven innings after TCU's five-hit, seven-run outburst in the first.
But, the deficit proved too much for the Blazers to overcome as TCU reliever Chris Osentowski (Garland, Texas/Richardson Berkner) slammed the door over the last three innings to preserve the Horned Frog victory. Osentowski allowed two hits and struck out four in the three innings to pick up his team-leading second save of the season. The save was the right-hander's first since closing out TCU's 6-5 win over Baylor on Feb. 9 and the four strikeouts tie a career high set just over a week ago in the Frogs' 12-10 triumph at Louisville on April 26.
Despite the win, Horned Frog right fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) saw his TCU season-long 21-game hitting streak come to an end. The junior went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Standing just a half-game behind league-leading Houston and Southern Miss, the Horned Frogs will take the week off for final exams before returning to action next weekend versus C-USA foe Cincinnati. The series, the last-ever at TCU Diamond, will begin with 3:05 p.m. contest Friday afternoon.