Baseball Falls in Shriners Classic Opener to No. 1 TCU
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UPDATE: Start time for LSU vs. Baylor pushed back to 4:05 p.m. CT.
HOUSTON – Top-ranked TCU posted a five-run second inning Friday night to erase a 4-1 deficit, and the Horned Frogs went on to defeat No. 2 LSU, 9-6, at Minute Maid Park.
TCU improved to 8-1 on the year, while LSU dropped to 8-2 on the first day of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Classic.
The Tigers resume play in the event Saturday when they face Baylor (10-0) at 4:05 p.m. CT Saturday in Minute Maid Park. The radio broadcast of the game will be carried in Baton Rouge on WTGE 100.7 FM, and it may also be heard at www.LSUsports.net.
Saturday’s LSU-Baylor game will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest, and it will be streamed online on Fox Sports GO.
Home runs by rightfielder Austen Wade and designated hitter Luken Baker highlighted TCU’s second-inning outburst against LSU starter Alex Lange (2-1). Lange worked 1.2 innings, allowing six runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
“Alex had outstanding control through the first two weeks of the season, but tonight he just couldn’t find his rhythm,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “When he would get two strikes, he was having a tough time putting them away. TCU’s hitters are battlers, and that’s why they have such a good team. Everybody’s entitled to have one off night, and Alex will back strong next week I’m sure.”
TCU starter Brian Howard (2-1) earned the win, allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings with two walks and six strikeouts.
TCU grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Lange when leftfielder Josh Watson delivered an RBI double.
The Tigers responded, however, with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the first against Howard. Deichmann provided an RBI single, Slaughter lined a two-run single, and designated hitter Jordan Romero capped the rally with an RBI double.
TCU struck back with five runs against Lange in the top of the second to take a 6-4 lead. The big blows in the inning were a three-run homer by Wade and a two-run dinger by Baker.
TCU extended its lead to 7-4 in the fifth against reliever Austin Bain when second baseman Cam Warner lifted an RBI single into left-centerfield.
The Horned Frogs added a run in the sixth inning against reliever Russell Reynolds to increase their advantage to 8-4 when catcher Evan Skoug, who was 4-for-4 on the night, produced an RBI single.
“We hung in there, and we battled right to the very end,” Mainieri said. “It was kind of a strange game, we got some breaks, but we had some bad luck as well. We just have to put it behind us and get ready to face another great ball club tomorrow.”