Baseball Turns Back Cincinnati For Fifth-Straight Win
May 11, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU overcame Cincinnati scoring two runs before the Horned Frogs had even recorded an out and went on to defeat the Bearcats 6-4 Saturday afternoon at TCU Diamond. The win was the fifth-straight for TCU (27-24, 18-8 C-USA) and kept the Frogs within a half-game of league-leading Houston and Southern Miss.
It looked as though it would be a long day for the Horned Frog faithful as Cincinnati (23-26-1, 9-16-1 C-USA) grabbed the early 2-0 lead and had the bases loaded with nobody out in the top of the first inning. But TCU starting pitcher Patrick Newburn (Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine/NE Texas C.C.) struck out the next three Bearcats to get out of the jam with just a two-run deficit.
UC touched Newburn for another run in the second to extend its advantage to 3-0. A pair of doubles from Bearcats Nate Fish and Brad Schutz led to the score.
TCU answered in the bottom of the stanza, plating a single run on an RBI double from second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana/Seminole J.C.) to cut the deficit to 3-1.
The Frogs took the lead for good by notching four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. A two-run home run off the bat of third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) and a two-RBI double down the left field line by shortstop Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C.) accounted for the scoring which put TCU ahead 5-3.
An inning later designated hitter Shaff Elkouri (Norman, Okla./Asher/Seminole J.C.) closed out the TCU scoring with his second homer of the year, a solo shot to left field which gave the Horned Frogs a 6-3 advantage.
Cincinnati was able to muster a single tally in the seventh, but TCU reliever Chris Osentowski (Garland, Texas/Richardson Berkner) came on in the eighth to shut the door on the Bearcats. The junior put the Bearcats down in order in the eighth and ninth, striking out two, to earn his team-leading third save of the campaign.
Newburn settled down after his shaky start, holding Cincinnati scoreless after the second inning. In all, the right-hander went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits to pick up his fourth win of the season versus just two losses.
TCU will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon when it closes out its series with Cincinnati at 1:05 p.m. Sunday will also be Senior Day at TCU Diamond, as the Horned Frogs will recognize the club's four graduating seniors: Trey Crawford, Josh Gardner, Robinson and Marshall Wilson.