TCU Comes Up Short Tuesday Night
April 25, 2017
FORT WORTH – Stephen F. Austin used a four-run, two-out rally in the third inning to build a 5-0 lead en route to handing No. 4 TCU a 6-2 loss on Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium.
The Lumberjacks opened up a 1-0 lead in the second after loading the bases on a pair of hits and walk with nobody out. TCU starter Charles King (0-1) minimized the damage with a double play ball and a strikeout.
After quickly retiring the first two batters in the third, a walk started a string of four straight Lumberjacks to reach. Zac Michener doubled home two runs and scored on a two-run home run from Josh Evans. SFA tacked on an unearned run in the seventh inning to build a six-run cushion, 6-0.
TCU picked up its only two runs in the game in the bottom of the seventh. Ryan Merrill beat out an infield single and moved to second on a walk to Elliott Barzilli. Austen Wade launched a double to right center to make it a 6-2 ballgame.
King took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings. Jake Eissler worked 3 1/3 innings, striking out six and allowing a pair of runs on three hits. Haylen Green and Austin Boyles each worked a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Stat of the Game
5 – TCU used five pitchers on the mound in the contest, all five of them were freshmen.
• TCU fell to 7-2 in midweek games this season.
• TCU has scored multiple runs in an inning 63 times this season.
• The TCU pitching staff tallied double-digit strikeouts for the 19th time this season.
• Charles King made his first career start in the contest.
• Austen Wade has reached base safely in 27 straight games.
• Wade tallied his 10th multi-RBI game of the season and the 16th of his career.
• Evan Skoug has reached base safely in 23 straight games.
• Skoug collected his 11th multi-hit game of the season and the 51st of his career.
• Luken Baker stretched on-base streak to 21.
• Ryan Merrill has reached base safely in nine straight games.
With the loss, TCU falls to 30-9 overall. The Horned Frogs hit the road for a pivotal three-game Big 12 series at top-10 ranked Texas Tech. Friday’s series opener is slated for a 7 p.m. start. The game will be televised nationally on FS1.
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