Baseball Records Most Lopsided Win in School History, 30-2 Over Louisville
May 16, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU set school and Conference USA records for runs and hits in a single game en route to the most lopsided victory in its 105-year baseball history, a 30-2 rout of Louisville Friday evening at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field.
The Horned Frogs' 30 runs broke the previous school record of 29 set on March 15, 2001 in a 29-4 win over Iowa State and the C-USA mark of 28 set by Tulane on March 22, 1998 against Charlotte.
TCU's 35 hits shattered the school record of 26 set on two occasions: April 27, 1996 versus Oklahoma and February 28, 1967 against the University of Dallas. The previous C-USA record for hits in a game came on April 3, 1999, when Houston banged out 29 hits versus Memphis.
The Frogs broke the single-game hits records relatively early, as they collected their school record-breaking 27th hit and the C-USA record-breaking 30th hit with nobody out in the sixth inning.
TCU also set C-USA records with 28 RBI and 55 total bases in the romp.
The Horned Frogs scored all 30 runs between the second and sixth innings of the rout. They erased an early 1-0 deficit by posting two runs in the second and a single tally in the third to take a 3-1 lead.
The Frogs then exploded by batting around in three-consecutive frames, putting seven runs on the board in the fourth and 10 in both the fifth and sixth stanzas to take an amazing 30-1 advantage. TCU sent 12 men to the plate in the fourth while 15 Horned Frogs came to the plate in both the fifth and sixth stanzas.
Three different Horned Frogs collected five hits each to lead the outburst. Second baseman Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana) went 5-for-5 with six RBI and two home runs. The mammoth homers were the first two balls to ever reach the parking lot beyond the left field fence in the 31-game history of Lupton Stadium.
Right fielder Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) tied a school record with eight at-bats, going 5-for-8 and matching Lewis with a pair of long balls and six RBI.
Center fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) recorded the second five-hit game of his career, going 5-for-7 with four RBI and a school record-tying five runs scored.
In fact, the three Horned Frogs are the first TCU players to collect five hits in a game since Trofholz accomplished the feat on March 4, 2002.
Every member of the TCU starting lineup had at least two hits and two runs scored. Eight of the nine drove in multiple runs.
Hidden by the Horned Frogs' history-making offensive performance was a solid effort on the mound by TCU starting pitcher Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe). The southpaw allowed just two hits and one run over six innings of work, matching a season-high with six strikeouts and raising his season record to 7-2.
Each of the four hurlers Louisville sent to the mound allowed six or more runs. Starter Scott Barber fell to 7-4 on the season by giving up seven runs on nine hits in three-plus innings of work.
Most importantly, the triumph, combined with league-leading Southern Miss' 6-5 loss at Houston, kept TCU (34-20, 21-8 C-USA) in contention for a share of the C-USA title.
The Horned Frogs trail Southern Miss (40-14, 22-7 C-USA) by one game in the conference standings with TCU closing the regular season at home tomorrow versus Louisville while the Golden Eagles face Houston in their regular-season finale. Both games will begin at 1 p.m. CDT on Saturday.
TCU SINGLE-GAME RECORDS SET FRIDAY NIGHT:
Margin of Victory: 28
Individual runs: 5 by Terry Trofholz
Individual at-bats: 8 by Jake Duncan
CONFERENCE USA SINGLE-GAME RECORDS:
Runs Batted In: 28
Total Bases: 55