NORMAN, Okla. — No. 11 TCU ran its winning streak to seven straight with an 11-7 victory at Oklahoma on Friday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Gene Wood homered twice for the Horned Frogs, while Russell Smith pitched a career-high seven innings.
Gene Wood got the scoring started with a one out home run in the second. Hunter Wolfe doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Porter Brown infield single. Brown scored on a Gray Rodgers groundout to make it a 3-0 ballgame.
Brayden Taylor led off the third with his fifth home run of the year for a 4-0 lead.
Three more runs came around in the fifth as the lead grew to 7-0. Taylor singled home the first run of the inning and scored on a Wolfe infield single. With two outs, head’s up base running from Wolfe allowed him to score as Brown beat out another infield single.
TCU and Oklahoma traded two run home runs. Tyler Hardman hit a two run home run in the sixth that was matched by Wood’s second home run of the contest, making it a 9-2 contest.
Oklahoma picked up a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to pull within four, 9-5. Haylen Green came on with the tying run on deck and got a strikeout to end the inning.
The Frogs picked up some insurance with two runs in the ninth. Wolfe scored on a wild pitch and Tommy Sacco hit a sacrifice fly for an 11-5 lead. Hardman hit another two home run in the bottom of the ninth to account for the final score.
Russell Smith (5-1) allowed three runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out eight in the win. Green collected his sixth save of the season.
Stat of the Game:
3 – TCU hit three home runs in the game, one from Brayden Taylor and two from Gene Wood. TCU is 9-0 this season when it hits multiple home runs in a game.
- TCU has matched its longest winning streak this season.
- TCU is now 17-2 in games in which it scores first.
- TCU tallied double-digit hits for the 13th time this season.
- TCU outhit its opponent for the 17th time this season.
- TCU has homered in 15 games this season.
- The TCU pitching staff has registered double-digit strikeouts in 15 games this season.
- Haylen Green improved to 6-for-6 in save opportunities this season and is 7-for-7 in his career.
- Phillip Sikes has reached safely in 14 straight contests.
- Brayden Taylor hit his fifth home run of the season.
- Taylor tallied his seventh career multi-hit game and his seventh career multi-RBI contest.
- Zach Humphreys has hit safely in seven straight games.
- Humphreys collected his eighth multi-hit game of the year and the 36th of his career
- Gene Wood extended his hitting streak to seven games.
- Wood homered twice in a game for the second time in his career (vs. Kentucky 2/16/20)
- Wood hit his fifth and sixth home runs of the year and the 11thand 12thof his career.
- Wood tallied his fourth multi-hit game of the year and the 17thof his career.
- Wood collected his seventh multi-RBI game of the season and the 13thof his carer.
- Hunter Wolfe posted his fifth multi-hit game of the season and the 23rd of his career.
- Porter Brown tallied his fourth multi-RBI game of the season and the sixth of his career.
- Brown notched his sixth multi-hit game of the season and the 12thof his career.
- Luke Boyers has reached safely in 16 straight games.
- Tommy Sacco has reached safely in 13 straight contests.
- Sacco stretch his hitting streak to six games.
With the win, TCU improves to 18-7 on the season and 4-0 in Big 12 play. TCU and Oklahoma will face off in game No. 2 of the series on Saturday afternoon at 4. Austin Krob will take the mound for the Horned Frogs.