TCU’s Dominant Pitching Highlights Big 12 Baseball Action

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LUBBOCK, Texas – A trio of TCU pitchers combined to pitch the Horned Frogs third shutout in their last four games in defeating No. 20 Texas Tech 4-0 Tuesday night. Junior righty Jordan Kipper threw 6.2 scoreless innings allowing four hits and a walk while striking out four to improve to 6-2 on the year.

Sophomore southpaw Alex Young got the final out in the seventh and then was pulled after allowing a single to start the eighth. Red shirt junior Trey Teakell allowed a hit and a walk over the final two innings to get his second save on the season. The Red Raiders hit .200 against the trio who posted a 0.78 WHIP in the outing.

TCU has won four straight road games against Top 25 competition having swept No. 10 Texas last weekend in Austin.

TCU would manufacture all four runs on the night. In the second inning, junior first baseman Kevin Cron doubled, was sacrificed to third and then scored on a sac fly to give the Horned Frogs the 1-0 lead. Junior Jerrick Suiter drew a lead-off walk, stole second and was sacrificed to third and then home to extend the lead to 2-0.

In the eighth, junior second baseman Garrett Crain singled, was sacrificed to second then stole third before scoring on a sac fly. Sophomore left fielder Boomer White singled in the ninth and advanced to second on a groundout. White then stole third and scored on a sac fly to close out the scoring.

TCU improves to 27-13 overall and 10-5 in the Big 12 while Texas Tech falls to 32-13 with an 8-7 conference mark.

Big 12 Baseball Scores

AUSTIN, Texas – Ben Johnson goes 2-for-3 with a solo home run and an RBI walk leading No. 10 Texas to a 5-4 win over UT Pan American. Zane Gurwitz went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

TULSA, Okla. – Zach Fish hit a solo home run and scored twice while Gage Green added a  two-hit night with a run scored and an RBI but the effort wasn’t enough as No. 15 Oklahoma State falls 15-8 to Oral Roberts. Dustin Williams scored and drove in two runs in the Cowboys’ losing effort.

WACO, Texas – Drew Tolson improved to 2-4 allowing an earned run over seven innings pitched while striking out six and Adam Toth went 2-for-4 with a double and scored twice as Baylor defeated Texas State 4-3. Josh Michalec pitched the final inning and one third scoreless to capture his 15th save on the year.

NORMAN, Okla. – Craig Aiken scored three times while going 2-for-3 with a walk and Sheldon Neuse hit a two-run double in the ninth but Oklahoma’s comeback effort failed as the Sooners lose 6-5 to UT Arlington. Robert Tasin took the loss allowing two earned runs over 4.1 innings of work off of six hits and a walk while striking out four.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Ross Vance allowed an earned run over six innings with six strike outs as West Virginia pounds Maryland 14-2. Bobby Boyd hit a three-run homer and an RBI triple to lead the Mountaineers while Michael Constani went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI and Jacob Rice went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and RBI.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Max Brown hit a three-run triple and scored twice going 3-for-4 to lead Kansas State in a 13-0 blowout of Cal State Bakersfield. Wildcats’ starter Jordan Witcig hurled five scoreless innings for the win as five relievers kept Cal State Bakersfield off the scoreboard.

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Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @MarkWestCBC Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting. Follow on Twitter @MarkWestCBC