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No. 9 TCU rallies to rout Wichita State as basts come alive

TCU’s Brian Trieglaff pitched four scoreless innings in relief Saturday against Wichita State to earn the win. He allowed three hits, walked three and struck out four. TCU won its fourth straight, 17-6.
TCU’s Brian Trieglaff pitched four scoreless innings in relief Saturday against Wichita State to earn the win. He allowed three hits, walked three and struck out four. TCU won its fourth straight, 17-6. Star-Telegram

No. 9 TCU rallied from a 5-2 deficit after four innings by scoring in each of the final six innings to pick up a a 17-6 victory over Wichita State on Saturday.

The Horned Frogs (21-5) have won four in a row and will be looking to sweep the three-game series at Wichita State at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Wichita State (9-18) used three sacrifice flies in the first two innings to take a 3-0 lead, but the Frogs scored two runs in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2 on back-to-back one-out doubles by Luken Baker and Elliott Barzilli and a single by Josh Watson.

The Shockers got the runs back in the bottom of the inning, restoring the three-run cushion, 5-2.

17TCU has scored that many runs three times this season. It’s the second time in the past three games the Horned Frogs have scored 17 runs in a game.

From there, it was all Horned Frogs. Cam Warner doubled, followed by a single by Evan Skoug to cut the lead to 5-4 in the fifth, and TCU completed the comeback and took a 6-5 lead in the sixth. Mason Hesse tied the game with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and a wild pitch allowed Watson to score.

Five runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings blew the game open. Skoug had an RBI double, followed by an RBI triple by Barzilli for an 8-5 lead. Watson launched his sixth home run of the season for a 10-5 lead for the Frogs, who added a run on a error.

Elliott Barzilli and Luken Baker have each reached base in 11 straight games.

Dane Steinhagen hit a three-run home run to right, his fourth homer of the season and second in as many games, to spark a five-run eighth.

Brian Trieglaff (3-0) earned the win in relief of Brian Howard. Trieglaff pitched four scoreless innings, allowing three hits. Drew Gooch pitched the final two innings for the Frogs.

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