Baseball Eliminates Louisville In Conference USA Tournament, 8-1
May 23, 2002
KINSTON, N.C. - Junior righthander Chris Osentowski, making just his second start of the season, threw his first career complete game, leading the TCU Horned Frogs to an 8-1 victory over Louisville at the Conference USA Tournament. The loss eliminates Louisville, while TCU advances to play South Florida on Friday.
Osentowski (2-2) and Louisville starter Brad Barber (4-5) were locked in a scoreless duel until the fifth inning when two Cardinal errors helped lead to a four run inning. Marshall Wilson and Justin Hatcher each reached base on errors by U of L infielders to open the inning. Will Lewis singled to load the bases and then Chris Meeks roped a sharp single to center, scoring Wilson and Hatcher. Following a wild pitch that put runners on second and third, Terry Trofholz singled to right-center, scoring both Lewis and Meeks and make the score 4-0.
After Carlos De la Osa homered for Louisville's only run in the bottom of the fifth, the Horned Frogs answered with a run in the top of the sixth. Hatcher singled to right field and scored on a double by Chris Meeks.
TCU added three more runs in the top of the ninth, including Meeks hitting his 15th double of the season, scoring Lewis.
Osentowski, who threw seven solid innings in relief at Louisville in the regular season, struck out seven and walked just one, while allowing just five hits.
"We felt that (Patrick) Newburn and (Kyle) Shoemaker could use the extra day of rest and Chris had pitched well against Louisville earlier, so we took a chance on him and he couldn't have done a whole lot better,' said TCU head coach Lance Brown. "He threw strikes and really gave us a great effort."
"He did a great job out there, " said Louisville head coach Lelo Prado on Osentowski. "He didn't allow to us to do anything at the plate."
Meeks was 4-for-5 with a double, a stolen base and three RBI. Trofholz, Hatcher, Lewis and Walter Olmstead each had two hits for TCU (30-28), which will now play South Florida at 6:30 p.m. CDT on Friday.