Baseball Drops Second-Straight to Tulane, 11-5
April 20, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, then answered a four-run TCU rally with six more runs in its final two innings to defeat the Horned Frogs 11-5 Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium. Combined with Friday night's 8-5 loss to the Green Wave, TCU (20-20, 11-6 C-USA) has lost back-to-back Conference USA games for only the second time this season.
Tulane (23-18, 9-8 C-USA) picked up in the first inning right where it left off Friday night, when it blasted seven extra-base hits, plating four runs on four hits to take a 4-0 lead. Two of the four hits were for extra bases, highlighted by James Jurries' second home run in as many games versus the Frogs.
After TCU starter Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe/Seminole J.C.) retired the Green Wave in order in the second, Tulane reached him for another run on three hits in the third to up its advantage to 5-0. Again, an extra-base hit sparked Tulane, as pitcher Michael Aubrey drove a one-out double down the right field line and scored two batters later on an RBI single from catcher Brian Bormaster.
Horned Frog right fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) cut into the deficit in the top of the fourth, driving his third homer of the season over the left field wall to make the score 5-1.
The dinger not only put the Frogs on the board, but also extended Trofholz's TCU season-best hitting streak to 13 games. Overall, the junior has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games.
TCU continued the rally in the top of the sixth, stringing together four hits to score three runs and pull within a run at 5-4. Trofholz led off the stanza with a bunt single down the first base line and was followed by a trio of RBI doubles from Shaff Elkouri (Norman, Okla./Asher/Seminole J.C.), Jeff Reed (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins) and Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin).
The Frogs threatened again an inning later, but Tulane reliever Joey Charron worked his way out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam to keep the TCU deficit at 5-4.
Jurries ended the Horned Frog run with his a two-run homer to straightaway center field to up the Tulane lead to 7-4. The blast was Jurries' second of the game, third of the series and his team-leading 11th of the season.
The Green Wave iced the victory in the bottom of the eighth, plating four runs on five consecutive hits to stretch its advantage to 11-4.
TCU was able to muster a tally in the top of the ninth, but it was not enough as Charron shut the door on the Frogs.
In all, Charron tossed the final 2.2 innings, allowing just one run on one hit, to pick up his third-straight save and eighth of the season.
Trofholz paced the Horned Frogs, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The Horned Frogs will look to salvage a game of the three-game set with Tulane when they face the Green Wave in the series finale Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Turchin Stadium.