TCU Falters In Loss To Vanderbilt

March 11, 2018

Final Stats

LOS ANGELES – No. 15 Vanderbilt opened up an early 5-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 7-4 win over No. 7 at Dodger Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Conner Shephered homered to lead the Horned Frogs’ offense.

The Rundown
Vanderbilt struck for a trio of runs in the first as it sent eight batters to the plate. Pat DeMarco’s base hit gave the Commodores the early lead. A two-out bases loaded single from Connor Kaiser pushed the TCU deficit to three, 3-0.

With one on and two out in the second, back-to-back hit batters loaded the bases. Jayson Gonzalez lined a single up the middle to increase the Vanderbilt lead to 5-0.

The Frogs climbed back into the ballgame in the bottom of the inning. A.J. Balta led off the inning with a base hit. Following a walk to Adam Oviedo, Conner Shepherd launched his first career home run over the right center field fence to make it a 5-3 ballgame.

TCU crept even closer in the fifth with a single run to make it a 5-4 game. Zach Humphreys reached on a lead-off walk and moved to second on a Luken Baker base hit. Following a passed ball, Michael Landestoy grounded out to second to pull the Frogs within one.

Vanderbilt stormed back in the sixth, pushing across two runs helped along by a balk and a wild pitch. The Frogs had chances late in the game to score, but stranded five base runners in the final three innings.

Nick Lodolo (3-1) took the loss after giving up five runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings. Sean Wymer was touched for two runs on two hits. He struck out four. Cal Couglin, James Notary and Augie Mihlbauer pitched the final 3 2/3 innings.

Stat of the Game
5 –
Vanderbilt scored five of its seven runs with two outs.

• The TCU pitching staff registered double-digit strikeouts for the sixth time this season.
• TCU registered multiple runs in one inning.
• TCU allowed a first inning run for just the third time this season.
• For the fifth time this season, TCU and its opponent had the same number of hits.
Josh Watson has reached base safely in 17 straight games and has hit safely in all 13 games this season.
Zach Humphreys has reached base safely in eight straight.
• Humphreys tallied his fourth multi-hit game of the season and the 11th of his career.
A.J. Balta has reached base safely in 12 straight.
Conner Shepherd hit his first career home run.
• Shepherd registered his first career multi-RBI game.

Next Up:
With the loss, TCU drops to 9-4 on the season. The Horned Frogs will wrap up their road trip Tuesday night in Houston when they take on Rice at 6:30 p.m.



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