FORT WORTH — Twice No. 19 TCU rallied from multi-run deficits to secure the series victory with a 14-5 win over Kansas State Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. Tommy Sacco homered twice and drove in six to lead the Horned Frogs, who improved to 8-0 at home this year.
After Kansas State opened up a 2-0 lead, TCU battled back to tie the game in third. David Bishop worked a bases-loaded walk and Tommy Sacco delivered a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
TCU found itself in a 5-2 deficit after the fourth. Sacco’s first home run of the game opened the floodgates with two outs in the fifth. A hit batter and a Luke Boyers base hit put the tying runs on base for Logan Maxwell, who doubled to tie the game at five.
In the sixth, TCU sent 13 batters to the plate and eight scored for a 13-5 lead. Two walks around a David Bishop base hit loaded the bases for Sacco. He put the Frogs in front with a grand slam to right. Elijah Nunez and Brayden Taylor pushed the lead to six, 11-5, with bases-loaded walks. Bishop and Rodgers drove in the final two runs of the inning with sac flies.
Kurtis Byrne led off the seventh with his second home run of the season to account for the final score.
Cam Brown started and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks. Tommy Vail (1-0) picked up the win with three shutout innings of relief. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out two. Connor Oliver and Drew Hill each tossed a scoreless inning to lock up the win.
Stat of the Game:
6 – Tommy Sacco drove in a career-high six runs in the win. It’s the most RBIs in a game since Luke Baker drove in six at Kansas on April 14, 2018.
- TCU improved to 8-0 at home this season.
- TCU homered in a game for the 11thtime this season
- TCU hit multiple home runs in a game for the sixth time this season.
- TCU outhit its opponent for the 11thtime this season.
- TCU drew double-digit walks for the fourth time this year.
- TCU scored double-digit runs for the eighth time this year.
- Elijah Nunez has reached safely in 17 straight games.
- Luke Boyers, Tommy Sacco and Brayden Taylor have reached safely in 12 straight games.
- David Bishop has reached safely in all 22 games.
- Bishop tallied his ninth career multi-RBI game.
- Gray Rodgers has reached safely in seven straight games.
- Tommy Sacco stretched his hitting streak to nine games.
- Sacco hit his fourth and fifth home runs of the season and now has seven in his career.
- Sacco’s two home run game is the first of his career and the first since Phillip Sikes did it against Kansas on April 23, 2021.
- Sacco posted his ninth multi-hit game of the year and the 22ndof his career.
- Sacco collected his sixth multi-RBI game of the season and the 16thof his career.
- Kurtis Byrne tallied his fifth multi-hit game of the year and the sixth of his career.
- Byrne hit his second home run of the game and the third of his career.
- Luke Boyers stretched his hitting streak to eight games.
- Logan Maxwell posted his second career multi-hit game and his third career multi-RBI game.
With the win, TCU improves to 17-5 on the season and 4-1 in Big 12 play. TCU will go for the series sweep Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Brett Walker will make the start for the Horned Frogs. The contest will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.