Baseball Closes TCU Diamond on Winning Note, Beats UTA 6-3
May 14, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - In the 1,480th and final game played at historic TCU Diamond, TCU second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana/Seminole J.C.) sent the old ballpark out in style, homering twice as the Horned Frogs beat Texas-Arlington 6-3 Tuesday afternoon. With the victory, the Frogs ended their 41-year stint at the Diamond on a season-long seven-game winning streak.
With the game tied at 3-3 in the sixth inning, Lewis sent a two-run bomb well over the left center field wall to put the TCU ahead 5-3 with what amounted to being the game-winning runs.
The junior became the second Horned Frog this season blast two homers in a game when he hit a solo shot to lead off the eighth inning, giving the Frogs a 6-3 cushion. Senior Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) was the only other Frog to belt two dingers in a game, accomplishing the feat on Feb. 17 versus Southwest Texas in Round Rock.
The contest did not start as smoothly as Lewis made it finish for TCU, as UT-Arlington put single runs on the board in the first and third innings to take an early 2-0 lead.
However, TCU (29-24) responded in the bottom of the third, plating a pair of runs to tie the game at 2-2. Backup catcher Kyle Dahlberg (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur), who came into the contest sporting just a .091 batting average, opened the rally with a leadoff double.
Three batters later, right fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) drove Dahlberg in with a single up the middle, cutting the TCU deficit to 2-1. The hit was Trofholz's league-leading 89th of the season, moving the junior to within five hits of the all-time TCU single-season hit record of 94, set by all-American Royce Huffman in 1999.
Later in the inning, designated hitter Shaff Elkouri (Norman, Okla./Asher/Seminole J.C.) knotted the ballgame up with a sacrifice fly to deep center field, scoring Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) from third base.
After UTA (26-27) retook a 3-2 lead with a single run in the top of the fourth, Wilson retied it by blasting his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot to left center field that tied the game at three and set up Lewis' heroics.
Senior Josh Gardner (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements) upped his season record to 3-2 by pitching a career-high 5.1 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief.
In all, 10 different Horned Frogs collected hits, including all nine starters. The outburst was led by Lewis' 2-for-4, two-homer, three-RBI performance.
TCU Diamond closes with the Frogs posting a 867-605-8 record all-time at the historic park. The Horned Frogs will move into state-of-the-art Lupton Stadium next season.
The Frogs now set their sights on a crucial, regular season-ending series at Houston Thursday through Saturday. TCU trails the first-place Cougars by a half-game in the Conference USA standings heading into the three-game set. The series opener will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at UH's Cougar Field.