GoFrogs: TCU Powers Past Kansas In Series Opener
Luke Boyers, Kurtis Byrne and Tommy Sacco drove in four runs each for the Horned Frogs.
TCU stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the first, taking advantage of a pair of Kansas miscues. Luke Boyers' two out single accounted for two of the three runs. Kansas answered with a five spot in the second as it sent 10 men to the plate.
Cam Brown took over in the second and calmed the waters, allowing the Horned Frogs to mount a comeback. For the third straight week, Brown was outstanding in relief, getting the game into the eighth. He allowed a run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out six.
The Frogs tied the game at five in the fifth on a Kurtis Byrne bases-loaded single. A Tommy Sacco ground out in the sixth put the Frogs up to stay.
Kansas' fourth error of the game opened the door for a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. Michael Petrie made it a 7-5 game as he reached on the miscue. Sacco added an RBI single for an 8-5 lead.
After Kansas got a run back in the bottom of the seventh, TCU responded with five in the eighth. David Bishop opened the inning with a home run. Boyers blasted a two-run shot to dead center for an 11-6 lead. With two on and two out, Sacco hit a fly ball that got lost in the lights and landed harmlessly in center for a two-run double.
Byrne accounted for the final two runs with a home run in the ninth.
Caleb Bolden tossed a perfect eighth and Austin Krob worked around a two out walk in the ninth to seal the win.
Stat of the Game:
5 – TCU scored a run in each of the final five frames, helping erase a 5-3 lead heading into the fifth inning. The Horned Frogs struck for multiple runs in four of the five innings.
• TCU tallied double-digit runs for the 14th time this season.
• TCU recorded double-digit hits (17) for the 18th time this year.
• TCU homered in a game for the 26th time this season.
• TCU hit multiple home in game for the 13th time this year.
• TCU outhit its opponent for the 24th time this year.
• TCU stole multiple bases (3) for the 19th time this year.
• TCU played flawless defense for the 24th time this season.
• TCU turned two double plays in the game.
• Elijah Nunez and Luke Boyers stretched their hitting streaks to five games.
• Nunez notched his 12th multi-hit game of the year and the 22nd of his career.
• Tommy Sacco has hit safely in seven straight games and reached safely in 10 straight.
• Sacco collected his 21st multi-hit game of the season and the 34th of his career.
• Sacco collected his 10th multi-RBI game of the year and the 20th of his career.
• David Bishop hit his sixth home run of the season. He has homered in back-to-back games.
• Bishop recorded his 14th career multi-hit of the year.
• Kurtis Byrne hit his third home run of the season and the fourth of his career.
• Byrne collected his 12th multi-hit game of the year and the 13th of his career.
• Byrne posted his seventh multi-RBI game of the year and the ninth of his career.
• Boyers hit his sixth home run of the year and the seventh of his career.
• Boyers stretched his reached base streak to 18 games.
• Boyers posted his 14th multi-hit game of the season and the 25th of his career.
• Boyers tallied his 10th multi-RBI game of the year and the 16th of his career.
• Garrison Berkley posted his first career multi-hit game.
With the win, TCU improves to 30-18 overall and 14-8 in Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs and the Jayhawks will meet in Game 2 Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Marcelo Perez will get the start for the Horned Frogs. The contest will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.