Evan Skoug homered, Nolan Brown had three hits and TCU’s patchwork of pitchers held it together for an 8-3 win over Stony Brook on Sunday in the NCAA Fort Worth Regional at Lupton Stadium.
The Horned Frogs (45-12) avoided elimination to set up a 7 p.m. rematch Sunday against North Carolina State, which won 5-4 on Saturday night. TCU will need to beat the Wolfpack to force an “if” game Monday.
On Sunday, the Frogs jumped to a 2-0 lead by the first inning and added three more runs in the fifth, when Skoug launched a three-run shot to left centerfield. Stony Brook hung around, though, scoring two runs in the fifth and chasing TCU starter Brian Howard, who gave up three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Howard made his fourth start, instead of left-hander Tyler Alexander, who TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle orginally said would go against the Seawolves. Howard was good enough, though, and just as key was right-hander Preston Guillory, the Frogs’ second reliever of the game.
After left-hander Drew Gooch walked his only batter on four pitches, the side-armed Guillory entered with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth. He gave up two runs on a single and a fielder’s choice, but then struck out cleanup hitter Rob Chavarria to avoid more damage.
Guillory then retired the next seven batters, before allowing two runners on in the eighth. He induced a flyout to end the threat. Travis Evans pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Frogs got RBI singles from Brown, Jeremie Fagnan and Connor Wanhanen in the seventh and eighth.
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