TCU Takes C-USA Opener From Memphis 11-5
March 19, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The University of Memphis baseball team dropped its Conference-USA opener to TCU 11-5 Friday at Lupton Stadium. The Horned Frogs (13-8, 1-0 C-USA) took advantage of eight Memphis (10-5, 0-1 C-USA) errors as they only out hit the Tigers 11-9.
TCU righthander Clayton Jerome (5-1) picked up the win while Tiger righthander Jarrett Grube (4-1) lost for the first time in his last eight decisions dating back to last season.
Memphis led 2-0 after the top of the first inning, but TCU scored the next seven runs to claim a five-run lead entering the fifth inning. TCU designated hitter Chris Neuman had a RBI-single in the first and a RBI-triple in the third.
Horned Frog leftfielder Bo Cogbill led the team with three hits and also drove in a pair of runs with RBI singles in the first and third. The Tigers chipped away at the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth on a pair of RBI singles by Kurt Welch and Adam Amar.
TCU put the game away in its half of the fifth plating four runs without getting a hit as the Tigers made four errors in the frame. The eight errors were the most ever by a Memphis team in a C-USA game.
Memphis centerfielder Josh Payne had a pair of RBIs on a double in the first and a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Leftfielder Chad House scored three runs and had a pair of hits and rightfielder Jordan Hart doubled twice and had a sacrifice bunt.
Tiger relievers Zach Cook, Corey Kines and Michael Novarese did not allow an earned run in 4.2 innings of relief work. The trio did surrender four unearned runs in the fifth. Novarese logged two scoreless innings for the second-straight appearance.
The Tigers will resume their three-game series with TCU Saturday at 3 p.m.