TCU Stretches Winning Streak To Five
March 3, 2018
FORT WORTH -- No. 3 TCU scored five in the third and never looked back en route to a 6-2 victory over UC Irvine Saturday afternoon. Three Horned Frogs registered multi-hit games in the victory.
Nick Lodolo (3-0) was dominate in his six innings of work. He allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits, walked two and struck out a career-high 10 batters. James Notary, Cal Coughlin and Durbin Feltman pitched three shutout innings out of the bullpen to seal up the victory.
UC Irvine took the early lead with a run in the third. A lead-off single eventually came around to score on a ground out off the bat of Jacob Castro.
TCU wasted little time getting the lead as it took advantage of two Anteater errors in the bottom of the third. Danny Crews opened the frame with his first career hit, a double down the left field line. Two batters later the bases were loaded. Luken Baker gave the Frogs a 2-1 lead with a base hit to center. RBIs from Josh Watson, Michael Landestoy and A.J. Balta extended the lead to four, 5-1.
The Frogs added a two-out run in the fifth. Watson started the two-out rally with a base hit. Landestory followed with an infield single. Balta picked up his second RBI of the game with a base hit to left center.
A solo home run in the sixth from Parker Coss pulled the Anteaters within four, 6-2. They looked poised to pull closer with back-to-back singles in the eighth, but Coughlin came on and got a double play ball to squelch the rally.
Stat of the Game
10 -- Nick Lodolo registered a career-high 10 strikeouts in the victory. He had previously fanned eight in a start against Texas in 2017.
The TCU bullpen has pitched 22 1/3 scoreless innings spanning the last five games.
The TCU pitching staff recorded double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this season.
TCU registered double-digit hits for the sixth time this season.
Danny Crews made his first career start at third base.
Colton Parrish and Crews each recorded their first career hits in the second inning.
Luken Baker has reached base safely in 37 straight games dating back to last season.
Baker picked up his fifth multi-hit game of the season and the 44th of his career.
Baker notched his third multi-RBI game of the season and the 32nd of his career.
Josh Watson has reached base safely in 13 straight games.
Watson has hit safely in all nine games this season.
Watson collected his fifth multi-hit game of the season and the 36th of his career.
Michael Landestoy picked up his fourth multi-hit game and the ninth of his career.
A.J. Balta has reached base safely in eight straight.
Balta registered his second multi-RBI game of the season and the 26th of his career.
TCU's fifth straight victory pushes its record to 7-2 on the season. The Horned Frogs will look for their first sweep of the season on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on FSSW.
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