Austin Henry’s big day for the Horned Frogs started, but the second baseman had no shortage of help as TCU Baseball axed the Jacks Tuesday afternoon in an impressive bounce back win.
TCU jumped all over SFA early, scoring seven times in the first inning in support if starter Haylen Green - and putting up an 18 spot through four. The first two batters of the Frogs’ first inning of work drew walks; and four total would get free bases in the opening frame. That, combined with five base hits, four steals, and an error led to the big inning to start the game.
TCU added two runs in each of the next two frames in support of Green, who twirled a gem Tuesday. The junior lefty allowed just two hits and two walks across 5.0 solid innings of work, striking out five in a scoreless effort before handing the ball to Matt Rudis, making his collegiate debut. The freshman struck out two of the first batters he saw in a 1-2-3 sixth, his only action of the day. Dawson Barr was next out of the pen, hurling a perfect seventh before running into some problems in the eighth - namely allowing three runs (two earned) thanks to a hit and two walks. James Notary relieved him to clean things up, and kept the Jacks from doing further damage despite walking a pair of batters himself. Marcelo Perez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, bookending the inning with a pair of strikeouts himself.
A seven run fourth put things well out of reach for the Lumberjacks, highlighted by one of the only three extra base hits of the game for TCU - Johnny Rizer’s RBI double. The Frogs added a run in the seventh as well, thanks to a pair of doubles by Josh Watson and Dean Frew.
Offensively, the Frogs were led by Henry, who drove in five runs on four hits and scored three times himself. Josh Watson drove in two with a single and a third on a sac fly, one of eight Frogs with at least one RBI. In all, TCU scores 19 runs on 21 hits while drawing eight walks. TCU got 14 players in the game in the blowout win, with 11 collecting at least one hit in the game. It was the kind of output that should give a team some confidence going forward, just in time for a west coast swing that includes four games against Southern California opponents.
They’ll have a chance to keep the positive momentum going against Long Beach starting Friday.