Frogs Record Sixth Shutout of April, 7-0 Over Cincinnati
April 26, 2003
AMELIA, Ohio - Left-hander Kyle Shoemaker (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) led TCU to its sixth shutout in 13 games this month, as the Horned Frogs blanked Cincinnati 7-0 Saturday morning at Midland Field. The whitewashing was TCU's second-straight over Cincinnati, as the Frogs have outscored UC 10-0 in the first two games of their three-game Conference USA series.
After Clayton Jerome opened the three-game series with a complete-game, 3-0 triumph over Cincinnati on Friday evening, Shoemaker tossed seven scoreless innings to pace the second-consecutive shutout.
The southpaw allowed seven hits and three walks, but worked his way out of a pair of bases-loaded jams to keep the Bearcats off the scoreboard. In all, Shoemaker stranded 12 UC runners on base in his seven stanzas of work. The senior also tied a season-high with six strikeouts in the triumph while raising his season record to 5-2.
Designated hitter Chris Neuman (Fort Worth, Texas/Western Hills) led six TCU players with two hits each by driving in four runs in the victory. Neuman pelted two-run, opposite-field singles in the first and third innings to help the Frogs jump out to a 5-0 leas after three frames. Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) added an RBI single of his own to account for the other Horned Frog run in the first.
Right fielder Jake Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) punctuated TCU's eighth-straight C-USA win with a mammoth two-run homer to right field in the ninth, his eighth blast of the season.
Right-hander Patrick Newburn (Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine) closed the door on UC with two hitless innings in relief. Newburn has been a part of three of the Frogs' six shutouts in April.
Not including Tuesday night's 22-4 loss to No. 21 Baylor, the TCU pitching staff has posted a 1.85 ERA in April. The Frogs are 10-3 overall for the month, including a 9-2 mark in conference play.
With the victory, TCU (28-16, 15-5 C-USA) moved to within a half-game of Southern Miss for first place in the C-USA standings, pending the Golden Eagles' contest versus UAB Saturday afternoon.
The Horned Frogs will go for their third-straight series sweep when they close the three-game set with Cincinnati Sunday afternoon. Game time is set for 1 p.m. EDT (Noon CDT) at Midland Field.