March 14, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Junior catcher Brian Bormaster went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and two RBI, and freshman right fielder Brian Bogusevic went 3-for-4 with an RBI, but it was not enough as the Tulane University baseball team dropped a 5-4 decision at TCU in the Conference USA opener for both schools Friday evening at Lupton Stadium.
The Green Wave led 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh but Jake Duncan led off the frame with a single and scored one hitter later on a double off the bat of Mike Settle to tie the score. After a groundout, second baseman Will Lewis put the Horned Frogs ahead for good with an RBI single to right to account for the final score.
The loss snaps a five-game streak for the Green Wave as Tulane falls to 14-5 on the year. TCU, meanwhile, improves to 12-9.
Tulane had a chance to tie the score in the top of the ninth as the Green Wave sent the top of the lineup to the plate, but TCU closer Clint Morkey retired the side in order to claim the first save of his career.
The Green Wave claimed an early 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-RBI single to score Bogusevic and senior left fielder Aaron Feldman who both singled earlier in the frame. TCU came right back in the home half of the frame, though, when Chris Meeks ripped a triple to the gap in right center and scored two hitters later on an RBI-single by first baseman Chris Neuman to cut the lead to one.
The Horned Frogs tied things up two innings later when Settle led off the stanza with a single, advanced to third on a walk and a sacrifice bunt, and came plateward on an RBI-groundout by Neuman.
Tulane retook the lead in the fourth when Bogusevic hit an RBI single through the left side of the infield to score senior centerfielder Jonny Kaplan from third. But TCU came right back in the bottom of the frame with a run of its own when Terry Trofholz scored on an RBI single by Lewis to tie the game at 4-all.
Freshman righty Tyler Kimmons (2-1) suffered the loss for the Green Wave, allowing one run on three hits in 1.1 innings, allowing one walk and striking out three. TCU reliever Zach Duncan (1-2) claimed his first win of the 2003 season after holding Tulane to one run on four hits while walking one and striking out three in 4.0 solid innings of work.
Tulane and TCU continue the series on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. showdown, and the two teams close out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.