TCU Takes Rubber Match; Tops Baylor 8-5
April 23, 2017
FORT WORTH -- No. 6 TCU led wire-to-wire in wrapping up the series victory over Baylor with an 8-5 win on Sunday at Lupton Stadium. Evan Skoug, Cam Warner and Austen Wade homered for the Horned Frogs.
Wade led off the first with a base hit and moved to third on a Luken Baker base hit. Josh Watson put the Frogs on top 1-0 with a two-out single.
Back-to-back home runs from Warner and Skoug to open the third pushed TCU's lead to three, but Baylor closed the gap to one, 3-2, with a pair of two-out runs in the fourth.
Twice Baylor had the tying run in scoring position, once in the sixth and once in the seventh. A ground out in the sixth stranded the runner at second. In the seventh, a foul out and a fly ball left the tying run on third.
Wade gave the Frogs some breathing room in the seventh with a one-out home run. A four-spot in the eighth broke the game open. Ryan Merrill worked a bases-loaded walk. Elliott Barzilli followed with a two-run double and Wade collected his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to make it 8-2.
Baylor tried to get back in the game in the ninth, scoring a trio of runs to make it an 8-5 game. With the tying run at the plate, Dalton Brown came on and got a strikeout to pick up his first career save.
Brian Howard (6-2) picked up the win after allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He fanned six and walked just one. Sean Wymer contributed 2 1/3 scoreless in relief.
Stat of the Game
30 -- TCU reached the 30-win plateau for the 13th time in 14 years under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
Notes: TCU has hit a home run in 22 games this season.
TCU hit multiple home runs in a game for the 10th time this season.
TCU has scored multiple runs in an inning 62 times this season.
TCU notched double-digit hits for the 16th time this season.
Austen Wade has reached base safely in 25 straight games.
Wade collected his 11th multi-hit game of the year and the 30th of his carer.
Wade posted his ninth multi-RBI game of the season and the 16th of his career.
Wade hit his fourth home run of the year and the fifth of his career.
Cam Warner collected his 13th multi-hit game of the season and the 36th of his career.
Warner hit his fourth home run of the season and the 10th of his career.
Evan Skoug has reached base safely in 22 straight games.
Skoug hit his ninth home run of the season and the 25th of his career.
Luken Baker stretched on-base streak to 20.
Nolan Brown has reached base safely in 17 straight games.
Brown tallied his 15th multi-hit game of the year and the 33rd of his career.
Michael Landestoy posted his first multi-hit game of the season and the sixth of his career.
Elliott Barzilli collected his fourth multi-RBI game of the season and the 27th of his career.
Dalton Brown notched his first career save.
With the win, TCU improves to 30-8 overall and 11-4 in Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs will wrap up the homestand Tuesday night when they play host to Stephen F. Austin. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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