TCU Is Super Once Again
June 6, 2017
FORT WORTH – For the fourth straight season, the No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs are bound for the NCAA Super Regional after 15-3 victory over Dallas Baptist Monday night at Lupton Stadium. Josh Watson and Evan Skoug homered to lead the Frog attack.
Dallas Baptist jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-out home run from Matt Duce in the first, but a three-spot by the Frogs in the second sent the Frogs on the road to victory. Connor Wanhanen’s bases-loaded single with nobody out tied the game and Elliott Barzilli scored on a double play to make it a 3-2 game.
A six spot in the third broke the game open as TCU took a 9-2 lead. Nolan Brown made it a three-run game with a two-run single. Barzilli drove in a run and scored on a wild pitch for a 6-2 contest. Watson’s home run, a two-run shot, capped the scoring.
TCU added a run on an RBI ground out from Watson in the fifth and four more runs came around in the sixth. Skoug’s three-run blast to the deepest part of the park started the scoring and Ryan Merrill’s bases-loaded walk pushed the lead to 14-2.
The Frogs final run of the contest came in the seventh on a one-out single from Nolan Brown. Dallas Baptist hit a lead-off home run in the ninth to account for the final score.
Brian Howard (10-3) started for TCU and tossed 6 2/3 innings. He allowed just two runs on four hits, walked three and struck out three. He allowed the lead-off man to reach in each of the first five innings, but induced a trio of double play balls to keep the Patriots off the board. Sean Wymer pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits and striking out three.
Stat of the Game
18 – Evan Skoug hit his 18th home run of the season, the most by any Horned Frog since Matt Curry hit 18 in 2010. He now has 34 career home runs, which is tied for fifth-most all-time in TCU history with Paul Gonzalez (1988-90).
• TCU is advancing to its fourth straight Super Regional and the seventh in program history.
• TCU improved to 49-34 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
• TCU is 20-3 all-time in Regional games played at Lupton Stadium.
• TCU is 31-18 all-time in NCAA Regional games.
• TCU swept its way to a Regional title for the fifth time in program history.
• TCU has scored multiple runs in an inning 95 times this season.
• Evan Skoug’s three RBIs on the season gave him 159 for his career, moving him into a tie for fifth all-time with Matt Carpenter (2005-09).
• Brian Howard became the only pitcher in school history to post multiple 10-win seasons in his career.
• Austen Wade has reached base safely in 10 straight games.
• Zach Humphreys notched his sixth career multi-hit game.
• Evan Skoug recorded his 17th multi-RBI game of the year and the 43rd of his career.
• Nolan Brown picked up his 17th multi-hit game of the season and the 35th of his career.
• Brown also tallied his seventh multi-RBI game of the season and the 15th of his career.
• Connor Wanhanen registered his fifth multi-hit game of the season and the 31st of his career.
• Wanhanen notched his fifth multi-RBI game of the season and the 23rd of his career.
• Josh Watson hit his first home run of the season and the 12th of his career.
• Watson posted his eighth multi-RBI and the 22nd of his career.
TCU improves to 45-16 overall with the victory. TCU advances to the NCAA Super Regional round and will host Missouri State this upcoming weekend with dates and times to be announced Tuesday morning.
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