Baseball Falls to Tulane, 8-5
April 19, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, La. - On the strength of seven extra-base hits, Tulane handed TCU its first-ever Conference USA series-opening loss 8-5 Friday night at Turchin Field. With the loss, the Horned Frogs fall to 20-19 overall and 11-5 in C-USA.
TCU opened the game with a flurry, ripping three-straight hits in the top of the first to claim an early 2-0 lead. The last of those first inning hits was a double down the left field line off the bat of Shaff Elkouri (Norman, Okla./Asher/Seminole J.C.), which drove in both Horned Frogs runs.
Staked to the early lead, Jerome cruised through the first three innings, setting down all nine Tulane batters in order.
Over the next five frames, however, the two squads alternated scoring stanzas. Unfortunately for TCU, the Frogs put up three single-run innings while Tulane's scoring frames were of the multi-run variety.
Tulane opened the scoring barrage by reaching Jerome, the defending Conference USA Co-Pitcher of the Week, for four runs on four hits in the fourth inning. All four Tulane hits in the frame were for extra bases, highlighted by a two-run homer by second baseman James Jurries.
TCU was able to cut the deficit in half to 4-3 with a run in the top of the fifth. However, Bourgeois was able to curtail a bases-loaded, one-out Horned Frog threat by inducing an inning-ending double play.
Green Wave pinch hitter Turner Brumby upped the Tulane advantage to 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run double to left center field, just out of reach of a diving effort from Horned Frog left fielder Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.).
The Frogs answered with another single tally in the top of the seventh, courtesy of an RBI groundout from catcher Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer/Eastfield J.C.).
For the first time in the game by either team, Tulane scored for the second-straight inning when they plated two runs on two hits in the bottom of the seventh to stretch its advantage to 8-4, but TCU equaled the feat with yet another single tally in the top of the eighth to get back within 8-5.
But, that would be as close as the Frogs would get, as Tulane reliever Joey Charron hurled the final 1.1 innings to earn his seventh save of the campaign.
Tulane starter Nick Bourgeois recovered from the rocky first stanza to go 7.2 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits with a lofty 140 pitches to pick up his seventh win of the season, versus just one loss.
Jerome was pinned with his first loss in C-USA action, falling to 6-3 overall.
Offensively, eight-of-nine TCU starters recorded a hit, led by right fielder Terry Trofholz's (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) 2-for-4 effort. With the two hits, the junior extended his TCU season-long hitting streak to 12 games and has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games overall. He also raised his league-leading batting average to .458.
The Horned Frogs will look to get back on track when they resume their three-game series with the Green Wave Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at TU's Turchin Stadium.