FORT WORTH – TCU scored five two-out runs in the second inning and never looked back, completing the series sweep with a 10-5 win over Kentucky Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. Gene Wood homered twice in the win for the Horned Frogs.
Back-to-back two out walks to Conner Shepherd and Zach Humphreys opened the door for TCU Six straight Horned Frogs reached and five came around to score. Gray Rodgers singled to put the Frogs on top 1-0. Porter Brown drew a bases-loaded walk to push the lead to 2-0. Tommy Sacco followed with a bases-clearing double for a 5-0 lead.
Phillip Sikes pushed the lead to six, 6-0, after he drove in Zach Humphreys in the fourth.
Kentucky picked up two runs in the fourth on a solo home run and two out bases-loaded single to make it a 6-2 contest.
TCU responded with solo home runs, two from Gene Wood and one from Gray Rodgers, in each of the next three innings to extend the lead to seven, 9-2.
The Wildcats picked up a pair of two out runs in the eighth, but again, the Frogs had an answer in the bottom of the inning. Sacco collected his fourth RBI of the game to drive in Rodgers for a 10-4 lead. Kentucky scored once in the ninth to account for the final score.
Russell Smith made his first start since the 2018 campaign. He retired the first 12 batters he faced. In 4 2/3 innings, the redshirt sophomore allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits. He walked one and fanned five.
Drew Hill tossed three innings in relief, allowing a run on two hits and striking out for. John Kodros recorded the final out of the eighth inning and Harrison Beethe pitched the ninth.
Stat of the Game:
631 – Russell Smith made his first appearance on the mound in 631 days. He last appeared in a contest on May 26, 2018. He missed all of the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2018.
With the series sweep, TCU improves to 3-0 on the young season. The Horned Frogs will wrap up a season-opening four-game homestand on Tuesday night when Abilene Christian comes to town. First pitch against the Wildcats is set for 6:30 p.m.