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TCU baseball tops Lamar 4-3, extends win streak to five

Jake Eissler led the way on the bump for TCU, while Watson, Landestoy, and Wanhanen all hit dingers.

TCU Baseball vs Texas Tech 4.29.18`
TCU Baseball vs Texas Tech 4.29.18`
Melissa Triebwasser

TCU extended its winning streak to five games on Saturday afternoon, with a 4-3 win over Lamar, to move to 26-18 on the season. The win pushes TCU to eight games above .500, their most games above .500 this season.

The Frogs carried their opponent scoreless streak into the ninth inning, making it a 43 innings streak, before giving up three runs.

TCU carried an opponent scoreless streak from the third inning of their rubber match against Texas Tech last Sunday, through games against Abilene Christian, Dallas Baptist, and Lamar on Friday night, before going adding eight more scoreless innings on Saturday.

While the bullpen finally cracked and gave up some runs, Jake Eissler was completely dominant as the starter, facing the minimum through six innings and striking out 12. Eissler now has 23 strikeouts in his last two appearances, which total 11 innings of work. He’s been a force on the mound over those two appearances, obviously, and has lowered his ERA below 3, to 2.96.

Meanwhile, TCU’s bats struck three times, with Michael Landestoy, Josh Watson, and Connor Wanhanen all hitting home runs, pushing TCU’s lead to 4-0 prior to the scoreless streak being snapped. For Watson the home run was his eighth of the season, second best on the team behind Luken Baker (9), who is out for the season.

The Frogs will look to continue their winning streak at 1 on Sunday afternoon, in the final game of the series against Lamar. Haylen Green will be on the mound for TCU, while Jason Blanchard goes for the Cardinals.