FORT WORTH — No. 21 TCU scored early and often en route to an 11-3 victory to complete the series sweep over No. 4 Texas Tech Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. Elijah Nunez led the way with a career-high five RBIs.
Reed Spenrath jump-started the TCU offense with a lead-off home run to straight-away center in the second. His two-out single in the third pushed the lead to 2-0.
The lead grew to 3-0 in the fourth as the Horned Frogs took advantage of a lead-off hit batter. Elijah Nunez drove in his first run of the game with a two-out base knock up the middle.
Texas Tech cut into the lead with a two-out run in the third. Brett Walker (4-2) left the bases loaded, getting a ground out to end the inning.
TCU broke the game opened with three runs in the sixth. Nunez drove in the inning’s first run with a ground out. Tommy Sacco followed with a two-run double for a 6-1 lead.
After the Red Raiders picked up a run in the top of the seventh, TCU responded with four in the bottom of the frame. Sam Thompson worked a two out bases-loaded walk. Nunez cleared the bases with a double to right for a 10-2 lead. The teams traded runs in the eighth to account for the final score. Byrne’s RBI-triple drove in TCU’s final run of the game.
Walker picked up the win after allowing just one run on three hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out four. Augie Mihlbauer, Luke Savage and Drew Hill closed out the game for TCU.
Stats of the Game:
17,461 – The three game combined attendance was 17,461, setting the regular season series attendance record. The total ranks second all-time in Lupton Stadium history.
9 – TCU scored nine of its 11 runs with two outs.
- TCU tallied its third series sweep of the season and its second in conference play.
- TCU scored double-digit runs for the 11thtime this season.
- TCU registered double-digit hits (12) for the 13thtime this season.
- TCU outhit its opponent for the 18thtime this season.
- TCU homered in a game for the 19thtime this season.
- TCU played flawless defense for the 19thtime this season.
- Tommy Sacco and Luke Boyers stretched their hitting streaks to six games.
- Elijah Nunez collected his 10thmulti-hit game of the year and the 20thof his career.
- Nunez posted his third multi-RBI game of the year and the eighth of his career.
- Sacco notched his 16thmulti-hit game of the season and the 29thof his career.
- Sacco recorded his seventh multi-RBI game of the year and the 17thof his career.
- Reed Spenrath hit his third home run of the season.
- Spenrath collected his second career multi-hit game and his second career multi-RBI game.
- Luke Boyers tallied his 10thmulti-hit game of the season and the 21stof his career.
With the win, TCU improves to 24-12 overall and 10-5 in Big 12 play. TCU will wrap up its home stand Tuesday night when it hosts UT Arlington. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. The contest will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.