Baseball Holds On For 8-7 Win Over Louisville
May 17, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU baseball nearly let an 8-1 lead slip away, but held on to defeat Louisville Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field.
The victory, however, was not enough for TCU (35-20, 22-8 C-USA) to claim a share of the Conference USA title as Southern Miss (41-14, 23-7 C-USA) took the crown outright with a 15-3 dismantling of Houston on Saturday.
On senior day at Lupton Stadium, it was the TCU seniors that led the Horned Frogs to victory.
For starters, four TCU seniors strung together four-consecutive doubles to open the third inning and give the Horned Frogs a 4-0 lead. Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana), Shaff Elkouri (Norman, Okla./Asher), Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) and Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) recorded the back-to-back-to-back-to-back two-baggers, the last three of which drove in runs. Trofholz scored the fourth run of the stanza on a past ball.
After the two squads exchanged runs to make it 5-1, TCU plated three more in the bottom of the fifth to grab an 8-1 advantage. Meeks opened the inning with a triple and scored on the same play thanks to an errant throw by Louisville shortstop J.T. LaFountain, while fellow seniors Mike Settle (Fort Worth, Texas/Country Day) and Justin Hatcher (Fort Worth, Texas/Brewer) both registered RBI singles in the frame.
However, the Cardinals would not go away quietly as they tallied three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to close the gap to 8-7.
But, with the tying run on second base in the eighth, senior Patrick Newburn (Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine) retired Louisville cleanup hitter Josh Bolen to end the threat. Newburn went on to close out the victory in the ninth to pick up his first career save.
Robbie Findlay (Toronto, Ont./Michael Power) scattered eight hits over six innings, allowing just an unearned run, to run his record to 6-1 on the season.
U of L starter Jon Harbridge gave up eight runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings of work to take the loss and fall to 1-2.
Elkouri matched a career high with three hits on the afternoon, including a pair of RBI doubles to lead the Horned Frogs at the plate. In all, the seven seniors in TCU's lineup combined for 10 of the Frogs' 11 hits on the afternoon and drove in all six TCU runs.
No. 2-seeded TCU will open C-USA Tournament action against the very same Louisville squad, which garnered the No. 7 seed in the field. The contest is slated for 4 p.m. Wednesday at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans.