TCU Completes Sweep Of K-State, 12-4
April 2, 2017
MANHATTAN, Kan. – A pair of big innings helped No. 3 TCU cruise to a 12-4 victory over Kansas State Sunday afternoon. The sweep of the Wildcats pushed TCU’s winning streak to eight games.
TCU broke the game open in the top of the third and never looked back en route to the win. Connor Wanhanen was hit by a pitch to get the parade to the plate started. After he stole second, Austen Wade put the Frogs on top with a base hit up the middle. With the bases loaded, Luken Baker singled home two more runs for a 3-0 lead. RBIs from Josh Watson, Nolan Brown and Ryan Merrill followed to push the lead to six.
Kansas State finally got on the board in the series with a one-out, two-run home run off the bat of Hanz Harker in the fourth to pull within four, 6-2.
The Horned Frogs got the two runs back plus some with a five spot in the next half inning. Merrill doubled home his second run of the game and Cam Warner lined a grand slam off the scoreboard in right field for an 11-2 lead. TCU’s final run came courtesy of an Evan Skoug sacrifice fly in the seventh.
The Wildcats avoided the mercy rule with another two runs in the seventh, but that’s as close as they would get. Call Coughlin and Austin Boyles pitched scoreless innings to end the game.
Brian Howard (4-2) started and went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out five.
Stat of the Game
6 – Six Horned Frogs registered a multi-hit game in the contest.
• TCU swiped multiple bases for the 14th time this season.
• TCU has tallied multiple runs in an inning 39 times this season.
• TCU posted double-digit hits for the 10th time this season.
• TCU’s shutout streak ended at 30 2/3 innings.
• Austen Wade has reached base safely in 15 straight games.
• Wade stretched his hitting streak to seven games.
• Cam Warner pushed his hitting streak to 11 games.
• Warner posted his seventh multi-hit game and the 30th of his career.
• Warner hit his third home run of the year and the ninth of his career.
• Warner collected his seventh multi-RBI game of the season and the 17th of his career.
• Evan Skoug and Cam Warner have reached base safely in 11 straight games.
• Skoug has a 10-game hitting streak.
• Luken Baker stretched his hitting streak to eight games.
• Baker recorded his fifth multi-RBI game of the season and the 23rd of his career.
• Baker tallied his eighth multi-hit game of the season and the 35th of his career.
• Josh Watson notched his seventh multi-hit game of the season and the 24th of his career.
• Ryan Merrill collected his fifth multi-hit game of the year and the 18th of his career.
• Merrill posted his fourth multi-RBI game of the season and the 11th of his career.
• Nolan Brown picked his ninth multi-hit game of the year and the 27th of his career.
TCU improves to 22-5 overall with the victory and 8-1 in Big 12 play. TCU will wrap up its four-game road swing Tuesday night at UT Arlington. First pitch against the Mavericks is set for 6:30 p.m.
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