Haylen Green became the third straight starting pitcher for TCU to record double-digit strikeouts, sitting down 10 in a complete-game effort.
“Haylen was awesome and he was very efficient,” coach Jim Schlossnagle said of the sophomore who threw 90 pitches. “He has worked really hard and I feel really happy for him.”
Green struck out 10, walked one and faced just two over the minimum of 27 batters. It’s only the fifth nine-inning one-hitter by a TCU pitcher and first since Preston Morrison held West Virginia to one hit on April 5, 2014.
Green was dominant on the hill, and TCU’s bats backed him up, including A.J. Balta, who drove in five runs on the day.
The Horned Frogs broke the game open in the fourth with a three-run home run from A.J. Balta, pushing the lead to 5-0.
A six run fifth inning accounted for the final score. With the bases loaded and two out, Balta dumped a single into right field to drive in two runs. Johnny Rizer laced an RBI-single into center for an 9-0 lead. Connor Wanhanen added another two-run single to cap the scoring.
Demercado is an interesting case, as he was a full qualifier out of high school. After not getting much interest, he went the JUCO route, and dominated at that stage last season. He’s eligible to be on campus in June, and he’ll have four years to play three.
Demercado rushed for 1,026 yards and 15 touchdowns at Saddleback College last season.
Demercado is excited for the opportunity to come to Fort Worth.
“I could tell that they are just a big family. From the coaches, to the players, to the staff. Everyone welcomed me and my mom with open arms and family is huge to me so that played a great factor in my choice.”
There are several guys on this list that should be key players for TCU in 2018.
22. Joseph Broadnax / senior / defensive tackle / Last season: NR
TCU could feature the Big 12’s best defensive line in 2018, and the Frogs’ depth is largely the reason why. Case and point, Joseph Broadnax -- a senior who would be starting anywhere else in the conference -- will likely be first off the bench for the Frogs at defensive tackle. He, along with the other D-linemen selected as honorable mentions, will allow TCU to stay incredibly fresh and rotate bodies at will. Broadnax is an underrated pass rusher who could prove to be a serious weapon.
Duggan is one of 10 commits for TCU’s 2019 class, and he’s considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Now, he’s starting to prove it.
A starter since his freshman year at Council Bluffs (IA) Lewis Central, Duggan has thrown for nearly 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns during his career. He missed most of his junior season with an injury but still threw for 748 yards with 8 touchdowns with just 1 interception. He also added 551 yards on the ground and 9 scores on the ground.