Baseball Completes Sweep of No. 20 East Carolina, 7-2
March 24, 2002
GREENVILLE, N.C. - For the first time all weekend, TCU had to come from behind, but the deficit did not faze the Horned Frogs as they took a 7-2 decision from No. 20 East Carolina to complete a three-game sweep at ECU's Harrington Field. In recording the sweep in its first-ever Conference USA road series, the Frogs upped their record versus nationally ranked teams this season to 6-1.
As they had in the series' previous two games, the Horned Frogs got on the board first plating a run in the top of the first inning. TCU shortstop Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C.) led off the game with a single to left center field. After advancing to second base, the junior stole third and advanced home when ECU third baseman Taylor Williams, making his first start of the series, muffed the throw on the play and the Frogs took a 1-0 lead.
The Horned Frog advantage stood up through four and a half innings as both starting pitchers locked into a pitchers' duel. TCU hurler Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Seminole J.C.) yielded three hits while ECU starter Davey Penny recovered from the unearned run in the first by allowing just one hit over the next four innings, including setting down nine straight Frogs during one stretch.
In the bottom of the fifth, East Carolina claimed its first lead of the weekend, plating two runs on a hit and a costly TCU error, its third of the contest.
The deficit was short-lived as the Frogs came back to notch a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to retake the lead at 3-2. Designated hitter Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) drilled a double off the wall in right center field, scoring Robinson, to account for the first run. Two batters later, Meeks scored from third on a double play, putting TCU back on top.
TCU iced the sweep in the eighth inning, plating three runs on four hits to take a 6-2 lead. Third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) collected the stanza's big hit, a two-out, two-run single to right center field.
Robinson closed out the scoring in the ninth, drilling his second home run of the season over the right field wall.
Shoemaker claimed the win for the Frogs, going 6.1 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits and striking out five. With the victory, the southpaw upped his record to 3-2.
The series sweep marked the first road sweep for TCU since taking three straight at Hawai'I-Hilo exactly a year ago, March 22-24, 2001 while East Carolina was swept at home for the first time in nearly two years, a three-game sweep at the hands of Old Dominion in April of 2000.
TCU will look to extend its season-long three-game winning streak when it travels to Waco Tuesday night for a 6 p.m. matchup with No. 8 Baylor.