Traver And Company Force Decisive Game
May 27, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY – Mitchell Traver gave No. 6 TCU a solid seven innings on the mound and the offense backed him up with nine runs to help the Horned Frogs stay alive in a 9-2 victory over Texas.
Traver (3-1) was brilliant in his time on the mound, limiting Texas to four hits, one run and one walk while striking out eight. He never faced more than four batters in an inning. Trey Morris finished off the win with two innings of work.
TCU wasted little time recovering from a Texas lead-off home run, striking for a quartet of runs in the bottom of the first. Zach Humphreys tripled home Austen Wade to tie the game and scored on a grounder from Cam Warner. Following a walk to Connor Wanhanen and a base hit from Elliott Barzilli, Ryan Merrill doubled to the right field corner to drive in two more.
Another triple, this time from Wade turned into TCU’s fifth run of the game as he scored on a Humphreys’ sacrifice fly in the second.
TCU added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to extend its lead to six, 7-1. Evan Williams singled home Merrill and he scored on a wild pitch in the sixth.
Wade’s second triple of the game highlighted the eighth as Josh Watson scored. An error by the right fielder allowed Wade to coast the final 90 feet to home for a 9-1 lead.
Texas picked up a run in the ninth to account for the final score.
Stat of the Game
1,000 – Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle coached his 1000th career game. Of the 1000 games, 876 have come at TCU.
• TCU improved to 37-14 in conference tournament games under the guidance of Schlossnagle.
• TCU improved to 12-6 in Big 12 tournament games, including a 12-4 mark in games played in Oklahoma City.
• TCU has scored multiple runs in an inning 88 times this season.
• TCU tallied double-digit hits in a game for the 22nd time this season.
• TCU pitchers racked up double-digit strikeouts for the 24th time.
• Connor Wanhanen has reached base safely in 24 straight games.
• Wanhanen picked up his fourth multi-hit game of the year and the 31st of his career.
• Elliott Barzilli has reached base safely in 14 games.
• Barzilli picked up his 12th multi-hit game of the season and the 54th of his career.
• Ryan Merrill collected his 12th multi-hit game of the season and the 25th of his career.
• Merrill notched his 10th multi-RBI game of the year and the 17th of his career.
• Zach Humphreys notched his sixth multi-RBI game of his career.
• Austen Wade recorded his 19th multi-hit game of the season and the 38th of his career.
• Josh Watson tallied his 12th multi-hit game of the year and the 29th of his career.
TCU improves to 42-15 overall with the victory. TCU and Texas will play again starting at 6 p.m. for the right to advance to the Big 12 Championship game. The contest will be televised on FSSW+.
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