UC Irvine scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a lopsided 11-2 victory against top-ranked TCU on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series in Irvine, Calif.
Right-hander Brian Howard started for TCU and gave up all eight first-inning runs, yielding eight hits and recording only one out. Last week against LSU, Howard (2-2) gave up four runs in the first.
TCU (11-2) saw the end of a seven-game winning streak, which included a big rally against Texas A&M last weekend. The Horned Frogs face the Anteaters (8-4) at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Frogs freshman Jake Eissler pitched a stout five innings of relief, giving up three runs.
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TCU scored twice in the fourth on Nolan Brown’s groundout RBI and Cam Warner’s RBI single to make it 8-2. Evan Skoug opened the inning with a walk and moved to third on a base hit by Josh Watson.
The Anteaters sent 13 batters to the plate in the first. With the bases loaded and one out, six straight Anteaters got a hit. Christian Kloss’ triple cleared the bases.
UCI got a run back in the fifth on back-to-back doubles. Two more runs crossed in the sixth to make it 11-2.
TCU freshmen Haylen Green and Cal Coughlin pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, holding UC Irvine to just two hits and striking out a combined five.