Baseball team beats Baylor 9-4

After playing for nearly four hours, the TCU baseball team overcame an NCAA record-tying 10 hit batters to beat Baylor 9-4 at Lupton Stadium Tuesday night. The teams combined for an NCAA record 13 hit batters in the game.

“It was an ugly game tonight, an ugly battle” head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “But after all we’ve been through, we probably deserve to win one like this.”

Horned Frog pitching limited the damage of its mistakes by holding the Bears to only three hits and 13 left on base.

Down 3-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Frogs tied the game after three Baylor pitchers issued four consecutive walks.

Senior outfielder Jason Coats gave TCU the lead for the rest of the game with a 2-out, 2-run single to right field for a 6-4 lead.

Earlier in the game, Coats broke his tie with former Horned Frog Royce Huffman and set the program record for doubles with 60. On the night he was 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.

Juniors Kyle Von Tungeln and Josh Elander did not play. Elander, who was scheduled to be in the lineup, was out of the game with a forearm bruise from a foul ball, Schlossnagle said.

The Horned Frogs overcame their absences to complete their second-highest offensive output of the season.

The injuries have also allowed for increased experience for freshmen players. The team started four freshmen in the lineup and Brandon Finnegan on the mound. 
“I think guys are learning the life and times of Division I baseball,” Schlossnagle said. “There’s no substitute for experience and they’re getting it.”

The Frogs now have two straight comeback victories and a three-game winning streak.
TCU is scheduled to play Texas Tech next in a weekend series starting Friday at Lupton Stadium.