Frogs pummels New Mexico 26-4

Redshirt sophomore Aaron Schultz’s career day at the plate helped the Frogs secure the series victory over New Mexico as they exploded for a 26-4 win Sunday night and establishing a school record with 67 total bases in the contest.

TCU improves to 36-10 on the season and 16-4 in league play. Schultz went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double and seven RBIs. TCU connected for a school-record tying nine home runs in the game.

Redshirt sophomore Steven Maxwell allowed three runs on six hits in five innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out six. Sophomore Erik Miller tossed a scoreless sixth inning. Miller retired all three batters he faced in the eighth, tallying a strikeout. Junior Greg Holle and sophomore Kaleb Merck combined to close out the game in the ninth inning.

TCU’s bats came to life in the first inning as it jumped all over New Mexico to the tune of an 8-0 lead. Senior Bryan Holaday started a parade of Frogs to the plate as he doubled with one out. After junior Jimmie Pharr worked a walk, junior Jerome Pena made it a 5-0 contest with the Frogs’ third home run of the inning.

Schultz greeted the new Lobo pitcher with a base hit up the middle. In total, the Frogs sent 12 men to the plate and scored eight times on seven hits.

Schultz’s first career grand slam in the second inning gave the Frogs a commanding 12-1 lead. The long home run scored Curry and Pharr, who had singled and Pena, who had walked.

In the third, the Frogs mounted a furious two-out rally to push their lead to 16-1. Pharr and Pena singled to open the inning and Schultz connected for his second home run of the game to left center. For the second time in the game, the Frogs went back-to-back as sophomore Taylor Featherston lined his fifth home run of the season over the center field fence.

After being held off the scoreboard in the fourth, the Frogs made up for it in the fifth with another three spot to stretch the lead to 19-2. Schultz doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a triple off the bat of Featherston. Witte followed with a two-run home run to left field. The long ball was the third of the season for Witte.

TCU tacked on a run on three hits in the sixth inning to make it a 20-3 contest. Joe Weik delivered a lead-off pinch-hit single. Pharr followed with his third hit of the game. Kyle Von Tungeln drove in the run with another pinch hit single.

The Frogs picked up their 21st run of the game in the seventh inning.

The Frogs will wrap up a season-long eight-game road trip on Wednesday when they head south to play Texas State in San Marcos. Game time at Bobcat Field is 6:30 p.m.