FORT WORTH — No. 9 TCU stretched its winning streak to five with a 9-3 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. Jacob Meador was outstanding in his first career start, setting career-highs in innings pitched and strikeouts.
Jacob Meador (1-0) held Stephen F. Austin in check for much of the contest. He allowed just five base runners in his 6 2/3 innings on the mound. In his first career start, he allowed a run on two hits, walked just one and struck out a career-high six batters.
Stephen F. Austin opened the scoring in the second with a back-to-back two out hits. A double from Gabe Irwin was followed by an RBI-single from Caney Dodge, putting the Lumberjacks in front 1-0.
TCU struck for a pair of runs in the third to take a lead it would never relinquish. Brayden Taylor tied the game at one with a lead-off home run in the frame. With the bases loaded following a hit batter and two walks, Phillip Sikes gave the Frogs a 2-1 advantage with a sacrifice fly.
Zach Humphreys gave the Frogs some breathing room with a one out solo home run in the fifth for a 3-1 lead.
The Frogs broke the game open with six runs on just two hits in the sixth. Hunter Wolfe drew a bases loaded walk to start the carousel of runs. Conner Shepherd and Gene Wood each tallied an RBI around a bases-loaded balk. Sikes capped the scoring with a two-run double down the left field line for a 9-1 lead.
SFA took advantage of a ninth inning error to score two runs, accounting for the final score.
Augie Mihlbauer, Storm Hierholzer, Harrison Beethe and Jacob Speaker combined to pitch the final 2 1/3 innings.
Stat of the Game:
11 – TCU drew a season-high 11 walks in the game.
- TCU outhit its opponent for the fifth time this season.
- The six runs scored in the sixth inning were a season-high for runs in an inning.
- TCU hit multiple home runs in a game for the second time this season.
- TCU has now homered in four games this season.
- Jacob Meador set career highs in innings pitched (6.2) and strikeouts (6).
- Luke Boyers and Hunter Wolfe have reached safely in all eight games.
- Boyers stretched his hitting streak to six games.
- Elijah Nunez has reached safely in seven straight games.
- Brayden Taylor hit his second career home run.
- Taylor collected his second multi-hit game of the year.
- Zach Humphreys hit his second home run of the season and the seventh of his career.
- Phillip Sikes collected his third multi-RBI game of the year and the fourth of his career.
- Gene Wood notched his first multi-hit game of the season and the 14thof his career.
TCU improves to 6-2 on the season. The Horned Frogs will hit the road for five straight starting Friday afternoon as they open play in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston at Minute Maid Park against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. First pitch against the Islanders is set for 3 p.m. The game will be televised on AT&T Sports SW and Astros.com.