TCU Stretches Win Streak To Five
April 8, 2014
DALLAS - TCU baseball junior pitcher Jordan Kipper's career night was backed by the offense as the Horned Frogs defeated Dallas Baptist 7-1 Tuesday night. The victory stretched the Frogs' winning streak to five games.
Kipper (4-2) was masterful in a career-high eight innings of work. He allowed just one run on four hits and tied his career high with eight strikeouts. After giving up a hit to open the fourth, Kipper retired 11 straight and 15 of the last 17 he faced. Tyler Alexander pitched a perfect 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game.
TCU struck first in the game's opening frame, scoring a run on two hits. Cody Jones led off the game with an infield single. A stolen base and a wild pitch had Jones standing on third with nobody out. After a walk to Derek Odell put runners on the corners, Boomer White dropped down a perfect bunt single to put the Frogs in front 1-0.
The Frogs added a pair of runs to their lead in the third. With one out, Cody Jones worked a walk. Derek Odell reached on an infield single. The throw to first was wide allowing both runners to move up 90 feet. White followed with his second RBI-single to make it a 2-0 ballgame. Attempting to execute a double steal, White was thrown out at second, but on the play, Odell scored easily for a 3-0 lead.
Dallas Baptist got on the board in the third, scoring a run on two hits. Nash Knight reached on a lead-off double off the first base bag and moved to third on an infield single from KJ Alexander. Trevin Sonnier grounded out to drive in the run. Kyle Bacak kept the Patriots in check as he back-picked Sonnier to register the second out of the inning.
After being held in check for four innings, the Horned Frogs struck again in the seventh with a pair of runs to open up a 5-1 lead. A one-out walk to Garrett Crain got things started. Kyle Bacak moved him to third with a base hit to right center. Cody Jones made it a 4-1 game with a sacrifice bunt. Derek Odell followed with a base hit to right to drive in Bacak for a four-run lead.
The offense stayed hot in the ninth as the Frogs pushed their lead to six, 7-1. Crain's second hit of the night with one out got things going for TCU. He was standing on second with two outs when Cody Jones bounced a single up the middle to drive him in. After a stolen base, Odell's third hit of the evening plated Cody Jones.
With the win, the Frogs improve to 20-12 overall. TCU continues a five-game road trip Friday night when it opens a three-game Big 12 series against Kansas. All three games of the series will be televised on ESPN3. First pitch Friday night is set for 6 p.m. in Lawrence.