FORT WORTH — No. 10 TCU completed the series sweep of Liberty with a 12-2 victory in Game 2 of a Saturday doubleheader at Lupton Stadium. Austin Krob threw a career-high six innings and Brayden Taylor hit his first career home run in the victory.
TCU snagged an early lead with two runs in the first on a two-out double from Phillip Sikes.
The Horned Frogs stretched the lead to five scoring a trio of runs in the second without the benefit of a hit. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases to open the inning. A double play attempt by the Flames went awry and two runs scored. Elijah Nunez stole home to push the lead to 5-0.
In the fourth, Liberty mounted a two out rally of its own. With two on, Josh Haney lined a triple down the right field line to make it a 5-2 ballgame.
The Frogs answered in the bottom half of the inning on Brayden Taylors first career home run. The blast to right center brought home a trio of runs to push the lead to six, 8-2.
Kurtis Byrne doubled home two runs in the fifth with a double to left. Sikes collected his third RBI of the game with a base hit in the sixth. Byrne beat out a double play ball later in the inning to drive in TCU’s final run of the contest.
Austin Krob (1-0) turned in a quality start for the Frogs allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked one in earning the victory. Drew Hill, River Ridings and Garrett Wright combined to throw three scoreless innings to close out the game. Hill and Wright fanned two batters each.
Stat of the Game:
5 – TCU scored multiple runs in five of eight offensive innings.
- TCU swept a doubleheader for the first time since taking two from Seton Hall on April 12, 2019.
- TCU outhit its opponent for the fourth time this season.
- TCU tallied double digit hits for the third time this season.
- TCU played flawless defense for the fifth straight game.
- Austin Krob threw a career-high six innings and tied his career-high with five strikeouts.
- Luke Boyers and Hunter Wolfe have reached safely in all seven games.
- Boyers stretched his hitting streak to five games.
- Elijah Nunez has hit safely in three games and reached safely in six.
- Brayden Taylor hit his first career home run.
- Taylor produced his first career multi-RBI game of the season.
- Phillip Sikes recorded his third multi-hit game of the season and the fifth of his career.
- Sikes collected his second multi-RBI game of the year and the third of his career.
- Conner Shepherd tallied his third multi-hit game of the year and the 33rd of his career.
- Kurtis Byrne notched first career multi-RBI game.
TCU improves to 5-2 on the season. The Horned Frogs will wrap up a five game homestand on Tuesday night when they host Stephen F. Austin. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. The contest will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.