TCU Tops Houston Baptist, 13-0
April 15, 2014
FORT WORTH - The TCU Horned Frogs ran away with a 13-0 victory over Houston Baptist Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. Eight hitters drove in a run and four pitchers combined on TCU's seventh shutout of the season.
The combination of Jordan Kipper, Brian Howard, Travis Evans and Brian Trieglaff held Houston Baptist to seven hits, walked two and struck out 10. Kipper improved to 5-2 with six shutout innings in which he allowed four hits, walked one and struck out seven. Howard, Evans and Trieglaff all pitched scoreless frames.
"It went exactly as we had hoped in terms of getting (Jordan) Kipper his work and throwing three guys that needed to pitch," said head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "Kipper did a great job and of course, we got some big hits where we extended the lead."
TCU jumped out to an early lead in the second and never looked back. Jerrick Suiter walked with one out and moved to third on a Dylan Fitzgerald base hit. Keaton Jones executed a sacrifice bunt to drive in the first run and Garrett Crain made it 2-0 with a base hit to right center.
"I was really proud of (Dylan) Fitzgerald in the first inning and Garrett (Crain) in the second inning," said Schlossnagle. "We haven't really faced a soft-tossing lefty. They can give you fits. We talked before the game about a mature baseball team going into a game and not falling into the trap of looking ahead to the weekend. They did a great job."
Eleven batters came to the plate in the fourth for TCU as it opened up an 8-0 advantage. Kevin Cron worked a lead-off walk. With one out, back-to-back singles from Fitzgerald and Keaton Jones loaded the bases. Crain collected his second RBI with a base hit. Kyle Bacak worked a bases-loaded walk followed by a passed ball to make it 5-0. Derek Odell hit a sacrifice fly to drive in run No. 6 and Boomer White capped the scoring with a two-run double.
TCU hung another crooked number in the fifth as they scored three runs on four hits. Suiter doubled to open the inning and moved to third on a balk. Fitzgerald drove in Suiter for a 9-0 lead. Two singles and a hit batter followed to load the bases. Cody Jones lined an RBI single into left to drive in Keaton Jones and Odell worked a bases loaded walk to drive in Crain for an 11-0 lead.
The Frogs went to the bench in the later innings and they paid dividends as TCU scored two more times in the seventh. Eric Garza bounced a single up the middle for his first career hit and moved to third on a Dylan Delso double. Cody Jones hit a sacrifice fly and Walker Pennington dumped a single into center to drive in the final runs of the game.
Houston Baptist's best chance to get on the scoreboard came in the seventh inning when it loaded the bases with only one out. Howard got Josh Martinez to bounce into an inning-ending 6-3 double play to end the threat. A lead-off walk in the ninth was erased on a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
With the victory, TCU improves to 23-13 overall. The Horned Frogs will head south for a key match-up against league-leading and top-10 ranked Texas. The three-game series is set to begin Thursday night at 6 p.m. All three games of the series will be televised on the Longhorn Network.
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