TCU Snaps 10-Game Losing Streak to No. 22 Texas Tech With Doubleheader Sweep
Feb. 22, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU baseball snapped its 10-game losing streak versus Texas Tech in a big way Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader from the No. 22 Red Raiders, 2-1 and 3-2 at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field.
Texas Tech's hex over the Horned Frogs was broken in game one thanks to a superb pitching performance from Clayton Jerome (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet). The right-hander held the same Red Raider squad that torched TCU pitching for 15 runs four days earlier to one run on four hits in the seven-inning complete-game effort. Jerome struck out five and walked none in earning his first victory of the season.
TCU was able to push single runs across the plate in the third and fourth innings versus equally effective Tech starter Steve Gooch to ensure the victory. Catcher Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer) got the Frogs on the board in the third when he scored on a double play off the bat of second baseman Ramon Moses (Panama City, Panama/Colegio LaSalle).
An inning later, defending Conference USA Co-Hitter of the Week Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) drove in what proved to be the winning run when he snuck a tough pitch just inside the right-field line, scoring Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall).
In game two, Tech returned the favor to the Horned Frogs, plating single runs in the third and fourth frames to take a 2-0 lead.
However, Duncan put the Frogs ahead to stay with his first home run of the year, a three-run bomb well over the right field wall, giving the Frogs the 3-2 lead. The blast came on a two-out, 1-2 pitch from Red Raider starting pitcher Juan Razo.
TCU then relied on another strong pitching performance to complete the sweep. Starter Chris Osentowski (Garland, Texas/Richardson Berkner) went six innings, tying a career best with seven strikeouts, to up his record to 2-1. Junior Robbie Findlay (Toronto, Canada/Michael Power) then sat down nine of the 11 batters he faced over three innings to pick up his second save of the season.
With the wins, TCU upped its record to 8-3, marking its best 11-game start since the NCAA Tournament-bound 1994 squad began the season at 9-2. Tech dropped to 9-4 with the setbacks.
TCU will go for the weekend sweep when it entertains the Red Raiders in the series finale Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.