Shoemaker K's 10 As Baseball Completes Sweep of Cincinnati, 6-1
May 12, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - Junior left-hander Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Seminole J.C.) struck out a career-high 10 in a complete game effort as TCU completed a three-game sweep of Cincinnati with a 6-1 victory Sunday afternoon at TCU Diamond. The Horned Frogs' sixth-straight win sets up an enormous three-game series next weekend between second-place TCU (28-24, 19-8 Conference USA) and league-leading Houston (37-14, 19-7 C-USA) to close out the regular season.
Shoemaker was sharp from the get-go, allowing just one Cincinnati hit through five innings. However, UC starter Chad Pennington matched Shoemaker through the first three frames, holding the Frogs hitless to send the contest into the fourth still scoreless.
TCU found a chink in Pennington's armor in the fourth, touching the senior for two runs on four hits to take a 2-0 lead. First baseman Walter Olmstead (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur) got the Frogs and himself going, as he collected the first of his five RBI on the afternoon with a run-scoring single to left center field to start the rally.
Olmstead drove in his second run of the ballgame on a fielder's choice an inning later to up the Horned Frogs' advantage to 3-0.
Shoemaker made his only mistake of the ballgame to lead off the sixth as Cincinnati first baseman Nate Fish belted a home run to left center, cutting the Bearcats deficit to 3-1. In all, the TCU southpaw allowed just four hits and walked none in his second complete-game effort of the season.
In the eighth, Olmstead put the game away with a towering dinger to straight-away center field, a three-run job which put the Frogs ahead 6-1. The bomb, Olmstead's team-leading 12th of the season, was set up by a pair of two out infield singles from Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) and Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton).
The infield hits completed an impressive 3-for-3, two-run day, for Meeks while stretching Trofholz's season hit total to 88 and raised his league-leading batting average to .463. Trofholz remains on pace to break the C-USA single-season batting average mark of .427, set by Houston's Geofrey Tomlinson in 1997 and the TCU hits standard of 94 set by all-American Royce Huffman in 1999.
In all, Olmstead led the Horned Frogs' offensive efforts with his 2-for-4, two-run, five-RBI outburst.
The sweep completed a weekend-long celebration at TCU Diamond, as it was the last-ever weekend series to be held at the historic ballpark. The Horned Frogs will officially close the TCU Diamond era Tuesday afternoon when they host local rival Texas-Arlington. First pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m.