HOUSTON — No. 9 TCU extended its winning streak to six straight with a come-from-behind 15-5 run-rule victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Friday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Zach Humphreys homered and drove in four, while Hunter Wolfe also homered and drove in two.
After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Phillip Sikes scored on a wild pitch, TCU saw the lead evaporate as the Islanders struck for five runs in the third. Tre Jones’ two-out base hit capped the scoring in the inning as the Islanders plated four runs with two outs.
TCU began its comeback in the third. Brayden Taylor tripled with one out and Hunter Wolfe launched a two-run blast to left center to make it a 5-3 ballgame. Back-to-back extra base hits from Elijah Nunez and Luke Boyers in the fourth had the game tied at five.
Zach Humphreys’ long two-run home run over the Crawford Boxes in left field gave the Horned Frogs a lead it would never relinquish, 7-5.
In the seventh, TCU took advantage of five walks to score eight runs, bringing the 10-run rule into effect. Phillip Sikes was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, while Nunez and Boyers each drew bases-loaded walks. Taylor came up with a big double to clear the bases for a 13-5 lead. Three batters later, Humphreys ended the game with a two-run single to center.
Charles King drew the start for the Frogs and allowed all five runs on just four hits and two walks. He fanned four in 2 2/3 innings. Drew Hill (1-0) picked up the win in relief, twirling 3 2/3 shutout innings. He allowed three hits, walked one and struck out two. Haylen Green retired the only two batters he faced.
Stat of the Game:
700 – TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle recorded his 700th career win at TCU with the victory. He is 700-329 (673.) in his 18 seasons as the head coach at TCU.
- TCU scored double-digit runs for the third time this season.
- TCU tallied double-digit hits for the fourth time this year.
- TCU outhit its opponent for the sixth time this season.
- The eight runs scored in the seventh inning were a season-high for runs in an inning.
- TCU hit multiple home runs in a game for the third time this season.
- TCU has homered in five games this season.
- Luke Boyers and Hunter Wolfe have reached safely in all nine games.
- Boyers stretched his hitting streak to seven games.
- Boyers registered his third career multi-hit game and his second career multi-RBI contest.
- Elijah Nunez has reached safely in eight straight games.
- Nunez tallied his third career multi-hit game and his second career multi-RBI contest.
- Brayden Taylor collected his third multi-hit game of the year and his second career multi-RBI game.
- Hunter Wolfe tallied his first multi-hit game of the season and the 19thof his career.
- Wolfe notched his third multi-RBI game of the season and the 14thof his career.
- Wolfe hit his second home run of the season and the 10thof his career.
- Zach Humphreys hit his third home run of the season and the eighth of his career.
- Humphreys collected his second multi-hit game of the year and the 30thof his career.
- Humphreys tallied his second multi-RBI game of the season and the 26thof his career.
- Phillip Sikes collected his fourth multi-hit game of the year and sixth of his career.
TCU improves to 7-2 on the season. The Horned Frogs continue play in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston at Minute Maid Park Saturday against Texas State. First pitch against the Bobcats is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on AT&T Sports SW and Astros.com.