TCU freshman pitcher making habit of stepping up in title games

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TCU freshman Tyler Alexander is getting used to this.

The former Southlake Carroll star has been on the mound for both Horned Frogs championships in 2014, including Sunday night’s Fort Worth Regional title win at Lupton Stadium.

Alexander threw his second consecutive complete game, holding Sam Houston State to six hits in TCU’s 6-1 win.

He threw his first complete game May 25 in the Frogs’ Big 12 tournament championship win against Oklahoma State.

Alexander has allowed just six runs in his past 51 innings. He struck out five and walked one Sunday.

“It took me a few innings to get all my pitches down and low in the zone,” Alexander said. “I don’t know if it was nerves at the beginning of the game, but it took me about two or three innings to get it down. Once I did, I started rolling a little bit.”

Rest suits Azar

A heavy workload isn’t something new for Sam Houston State senior catcher Anthony Azar, a three-year Bearkats veteran after one season at Texarkana Junior College.

After being behind the plate in all 22 innings against TCU on Saturday, Azar was on the bench during the Bearkats’ elimination game Sunday afternoon. He pinch-hit in the seventh, however, and delivered a two-run double to give Sam Houston a five-run lead.

Sam Houston defeated Siena 9-2 just 15 hours after losing to TCU, then got a 11/2-hour break before facing the Horned Frogs once more.

Azar, who leads the Bearkats in nearly every offensive category, returned to the starting lineup against TCU on Sunday evening.

Key stats

0 for 10 TCU third baseman Derek Odell’s 22-inning game against Sam Houston State, dropping his batting average 13 points to .281. Odell rebounded Sunday night, going 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI.

3 Earned runs, of four total, allowed by TCU pitching in 42 innings of the regional.

Quotable

“I went to grab some food after. I was up all night. I found out we were on ESPN. That’s the coolest thing in the world for me. I saw myself on SportsCenter so I watched that over and over. I wasn’t tired at all, but as soon as I hit the bed ... I think all of us, slept like rocks.” — TCU outfielder Boomer White on his Sunday morning after the 22-inning win.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @StevensonFWST

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