FORT WORTH — No. 17 TCU raced out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back in posting an 11-1 win over Stephen F. Austin at Lupton Stadium Tuesday night. David Bishop paced the offense with three hits and five RBIs. Cam Brown turned in five shutout innings in his first start of the year.
Cam Brown (1-0) was outstanding in his season debut tossing five scoreless frames. He allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out a career high seven.
The offense took advantage of six straight walks to open the bottom of the first. David Bishop, Gray Rodgers and Tommy Sacco drew bases-loaded walks to give TCU a 3-0 lead. Back-to-back sacrifice flies from Reed Spenrath and Kurtis Byrne pushed the advantage to 5-0.
Another run crossed in the second as Elijah Nunez came home on a Bishop base hit. Byrne’s second sacrifice fly of the game in the fifth plated Sacco with the seventh run of the game.
Bishop launched a two out, two run home run in the sixth to extend the lead to 9-0. Sam Thompson’s one out home run in the eighth made it a 10-run game. Bishop collected his fifth RBI, driving in Garrison Berkley with the final run of the game for TCU.
SFA’s lone tally in the contest came on a two out single with runners on the corners in the ninth.
The bullpen featuring Connor Oliver, Storm Hierholzer, Gray Thomas and Cohen Feser combined to strikeout six.
Stat of the Game:
5 – Freshman David Bishop drove in five runs in his home debut and now has nine on the season. He also hit the first home run of the campaign for the Horned Frogs.
- TCU outhit its opponent for the fourth straight game.
- TCU scored double-digit runs for the second straight game.
- TCU scored in the first inning for the fourth straight game.
- TCU registered multiple stolen bases in a game for the second time this season.
- TCU played errorless baseball for the third straight game.
- TCU turned two double plays in the contest.
- The TCU pitching staff registered double-digit strikeouts (13) for the third time this season.
- Cam Brown struck out a career-high seven.
- Connor Oliver made his TCU debut.
- Elijah Nunez has a five game hitting streak dating back to last season.
- Nunez stole a career-high three bases in the game.
- Brayden Taylor has reached safely in 13 straight games dating back to last season.
- David Bishop posted his second career multi-hit game and his second career multi-RBI game.
- Tommy Sacco has hit safely in all four games this season.
- Gray Rodgers has now reached base safely in his last 15 games played.
- Kurtis Byrne collected his first multi-RBI game of the season and the third of his career.
- Sam Thompson hit his second career home run.
With the win, TCU improves to 3-1 on the season. TCU’s scheduled game on Wednesday against UTSA has been postponed. The Horned Frogs will return to the diamond Friday night when it takes on Nebraska at Globe Life Field in Arlington. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. The entire series will be streamed on FloSports.TV.