Baseball Beats No. 10 Baylor, 5-3
March 26, 2002
WACO, Texas - For the fourth time in five days, TCU knocked off a nationally ranked opponent, dropping No. 10 Baylor 5-3 Tuesday night at Baylor Ballpark. With the win, the Horned Frogs moved to 7-1 on the season versus ranked teams.
The story for TCU on offense was designated hitter Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.). TCU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first when he drove a hard grounder through the right side, scoring Levi Robinson (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service/Canada C.C.) from third base.
It was Meeks again who provided the thunder for the Frogs in the second, blasting a two-run double down the right field line to cap a three-run inning and give TCU a 4-0 advantage after two innings.
In all, the Horned Frog designated hitter went 2-for-4 while driving in three of TCU's five runs on the evening.
Baylor got on the board in the bottom of the sixth, plating two runs on two hits. The Horned Frogs averted further damage when they caught the Bears' Michael Griffin attempting to steal home to preserve the 4-2 lead.
However, that would be all the Bears would be able to muster against TCU pitching as five Horned Frog hurlers combined to scatter nine hits in the win.
TCU third baseman Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) iced the win in the top of the ninth when he launched a towering home run over the left field wall to put the Frogs ahead 5-2.
Horned Frog starter Ryan Grafe (Austin, Texas/Lanier/Eastfield J.C.)
pitched three innings of two-hit, scoreless baseball to pick up his
first-career win. Right-hander Tim Collinsworth came on in the ninth
with a run in and the winning run at the plate, but got Baylor center
fielder Chris Durbin to ground into a double play to close out the game.
The save was the first of Collinsworth's career.
TCU will ride a season-long four-game winning streak into this weekend's Conference USA series with Charlotte. Game one will take place at 2:35 p.m. Friday at TCU Diamond.