A big five-run fifth inning helped TCU wrap up a successful and long four-game West Coast road trip with a 6-2 victory Tuesday over Loyola Marymount.
TCU (11-2), ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, went 3-1 on the road trip with victories over No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 13 UCLA in the Dodger Classic. TCU’s only loss came in the first game of the tournament, falling to No. 6 Southern Cal 7-6 in 12 innings.
Loyola Marymount (9-7) took an early 1-0 lead Tuesday on an RBI single by Ted Boeke off TCU starter Tyler Alexander in the second inning, but the Frogs took control in the fifth with five hits, including a two-run single down the right-field line by Cody Jones and RBI singles by Jeremie Fagnan and Evan Skoug. Jones also scored on a throwing error.
Alexander gave up a run on six hits in four innings before giving way to Brian Howard in the fifth. Howard gave up a run on two hits in 2 1/2 to earn the victory.
Sean Watkins homered off Howard in the bottom of the fifth, but TCU added a run in the eighth on an RBI single to center by Dane Steinhagen that scored Skoug to put TCU up 6-2.
Trey Teakell gave up one hit in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Ryan Burnett worked the ninth for his first save of the season.