No. 19 TCU blows out Abilene Christian 14-3

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Second Baseman Gray Rodgers, on his birthday, hit a single, a double, a home run, and drew a walk as TCU defeated Abilene Christian 14-3 on March 22, 2022. (Photo courtesy of gofrogs.com)

By Charles Baggarly

Center fielder Elijah Nunez, second baseman Gray Rodgers, and shortstop Tommy Sacco each blasted home runs, as No. 19 TCU defeated Abilene Christian 14-3 on Tuesday night.

Freshman pitcher Caedmon Parker got his first start of the year, giving up two runs through three innings.

TCU’s offense jumped off to a hot start, scoring 10 runs in the first two frames, during which they went through the entire batting order twice. 

Caedmon Parker gave up a two run home run in the 3rd that cut the Frogs’ lead to 10. He was pulled for relief pitcher Auggie Mihlbauer, who gave up a solo shot in the 4th but was able to tally four strikeouts in two innings.

Relief pitcher Tommy Vail, who came into this ballgame with a 21.60 ERA, pitched a scoreless inning for the Frogs.  Relief pitcher Luke Savage also threw a scoreless inning, striking out three.

Nunez started the ballgame with a leadoff home run, his first of the year. 

Rodgers, on his birthday, drove in four RBIs and did a little bit of everything, tallying a walk, single, double, and a home run, which was his first of the year. 

Sacco had three RBIs and hit his third home run of the season. 

Catcher Bobby Goodloe got the start and had a good eye at the plate, drawing four of the team’s 15 walks. 

With TCU up 14-3 in the 7th, The Abilene Christian and TCU coaching staffs, as well as the officiating crew, discussed whether or not the game should end via run rule. After a lengthy discussion, the game was called and TCU secured the victory.

UP NEXT:

TCU (15-5) will take on Kansas State (11-7) in a weekend series at Lupton Stadium starting on Friday, beginning an eight-game home stand. TCU is undefeated at home (6-0), and Kansas State is on an eight-game winning streak. The first pitch of the series will be at 6 p.m.