Baseball Begins Five-Game Homestand Tuesday Versus Oklahoma
March 25, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Fresh off moving into a tie for the Conference USA lead, TCU baseball returns to Fort Worth to begin a critical five-game homestand Tuesday evening versus Oklahoma. First pitch between the Horned Frogs and Sooners is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at TCU's Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field.
TCU (16-11, 5-1 C-USA) moved into a first place tie with Southern Miss by sweeping C-USA foe Saint Louis last weekend in the Gateway City. The Frogs outscored SLU 31-7 en route to the three-game sweep, marking the second-straight year TCU has tallied 31 runs in sweeping the Billikens.
Leading the way for the Horned Frogs in St. Louis was first baseman Chris Neuman. The junior blasted at least one home run in each game with Saint Louis, totaling four on the weekend and raising his league-leading season total to nine.
On the mound, junior Clayton Jerome was named C-USA Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season and third time in his career with his performance in Saturday's 13-3 win over the Billikens. The right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings to up his season record to a team-best 4-1. He allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out a season-high nine.
Oklahoma (11-9, 0-3 Big 12) limps into Tuesday's contest the losers of six-straight games. However, five of those setbacks came to Top 10 competition as the Sooners dropped the final two games of a three-game series at No. 1 Arizona State March 15-16 and were swept by No. 8 Baylor last weekend in Waco. OU is just 1-7 on the road games this season.
Tuesday marks the second meeting between the Frogs and Sooners this season. Despite jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the March 4 contest, TCU allowed Oklahoma to score 13 of the last 14 runs to claim a 13-6 victory.
In the loss, Horned Frog right fielder Jake Duncan tied school and conference records by blasting three home runs. He became just the eighth Frog and 20th C-USA player to achieve the feat and did so in his first three at-bats of the game. In fact, the three bombs came on the first three strikes Duncan saw that afternoon in Norman.
Rounding out the storylines for Tuesday's contest is the march to 500 career wins for TCU head coach Lance Brown. Brown can move within one victory of the milestone with a win versus OU, as his career record stands at 498-460 coming into the five-game homestand.
Tuesday's contest will not be broadcast on KTCU 88.7 FM as the TCU women's basketball squad faces No. 1 Connecticut in NCAA Tournament action Tuesday evening. However, live updates from Lupton Stadium can be heard during the TCU-UConn broadcast on KTCU.