FORT WORTH — Tyler Alexander turned in a solid eight innings on the mound and No. 5 TCU used a five-run third inning to stretch its winning streak to three games with a 6-2 win against No. 19 Dallas Baptist on Tuesday night.
After a shaky first inning, Alexander (2-2) settled in and twirled a season-high eight innings to help guide the Frogs (25-6) past the Patriots.
Dallas Baptist jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as it sent six men to the plate. Drew Turbin led off the game with a double and was standing on third with nobody out after an infield single. An errant pick-off throw put the Patriots in front 1-0. With one out, Daniel Salters drove in another run to push the lead to two.
TCU batted around in the third and scored five times to take a lead it would never relinquish. Dane Steinhagen kicked off the inning with a base hit to center. He moved to second on an error in the outfield and the Frogs were in business. Derek Odell reached on a bunt single to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Jeremie Fagnan hit a sacrifice fly to cut the DBU lead in half, 2-1.
Four consecutive two-out hits broke the game open. Connor Wanhanen tied the game with a base hit through the right side. The Patriots gifted Wanhanen two extra bases and he scored easily on a Garrett Crain infield single. Evan Skoug and Keaton Jones followed with base hits to push the lead to 5-2.
Fagnan launched a two-out solo home run in the fourth inning to extend the TCU lead to four, 6-2. The long ball was his second of the season.