TCU Blanks Oral Roberts in NCAA Regional

June 3, 2016

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FORT WORTH -- The TCU baseball team got a great pitching performance, pushed through six runs late, and came away with a 7-0 win over Oral Roberts in its opening game of the NCAA Fort Worth Regional at Lupton Stadium on Friday night.

For the second straight season, Mitchell Traver made a scoreless start in a regional opener, this time tossing 5.0 innings and allowing just two hits. Brian Trieglaff, Preston Guillory and Dalton Brown combined to pitch the final 4.0 innings and preserve the shutout.

The Rundown
TCU (43-15) got on the board early after a throwing error on a double steal allowed Austen Wade to score in the bottom of the first inning. Wade reached on a leadoff walk, which was something that plagued Oral Roberts (38-20) starter Bryce Howe.

The Golden Eagles hurler walked eight in his 5.0 innings of work, but for the most part worked around the free passes. Howe (6-5) and ORU kept the Horned Frogs off the board for four straight innings before the Big 12 Tournament Champions exploded in the sixth.

Ryan Merrill walked to leadoff that inning, chasing Howe from the game. Merrill then advanced to third on a hit-and-run single from Michael Landestoy and scored on a passed ball.

Landestoy would score on an RBI single from Wade before Cam Warner's fourth home run of the season scored Wade and gave TCU a 5-0 lead.

The Frogs added two more runs in the seventh inning when Dane Steinhagen scored from second base after a throwing error on the ORU third baseman on a ground ball from Merrill. Merrill advanced all the way to third on the error and scored on a sacrifice fly from Landestoy to make the score 7-0.

Stats of the Game
10 -- The shutout was the 10th of the season for TCU, marking the third straight season the Frogs have had double-digit shutouts. TCU has 34 shutouts in the last three seasons.

15 -- TCU is now 15-3 at Lupton Stadium in NCAA Regional play, including 6-0 in opening games.

Next Up
Oral Roberts will take on Arizona State in Saturday's 11 a.m. elimination game. TCU moves on to face Gonzaga in Saturday's 6:30 p.m. game with control of the regional on the line.

• TCU scored first for the 30th time this season and scored a first inning run for the 15th time.
• TCU has homered in 36 games this season.
• TCU has scored two or more runs in an inning 102 times this season.
• TCU has scored four or more runs in an inning 37 times this season.
• TCU is now 26-18 all-time in NCAA Regional play and 39-31 in all NCAA postseason games.
Austen Wade has reached base safely in nine straight games.
Austen Wade drew two or more walks for the 14th time this season.
Evan Skoug has hit safely in eight straight contests.
Luken Baker has reached base safely in 30 straight games.
Luken Baker has hit safely in six straight games.
Cam Warner posted his 9th career multiple-RBI game.



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