TCU junior Paul Hendrix had a two-run home run in Wednesday’s game, but TCU could not come back from Stephen F. Austin’s six-run fifth inning, losing 6-3.
The winning inning for the Lumberjacks came just one inning after the Horned Frogs took the 1-0 lead. After an error allowed senior third baseman Jantzen Witte to reach base, a couple singles allowed him to move around and slide into home before the tag.
The first single of the inning came from sophomore designated hitter Kevin Cron. The hit extended his streak of reaching base safely to six games.
The fifth inning started with runners on the corners with no outs for the Lumberjacks. A single and a fielding error in right field allowed both runners to score, giving SFA the 2-1 lead.
Before the second out of the inning, SFA put two more runs on the board. Then they brought around a couple more before the final out of the inning. Within one inning, the Horned Frogs went from a 1-0 lead to a 6-1 deficit.
Not only did the inning force TCU to play catch-up the rest of the game, but also it was the most runs the Frogs have allowed in a single inning this season.
The bottom of the inning saw Hendrix, the second baseman, hit his home run. It was his second of the season, and the team’s eighth of the year. The two runs from Hendrix’s hit were the last of the game, as neither team scored again after the fifth inning.
TCU (14-19, 3-6 Big 12) had a chance to put a few more runs up and possibly tie the game in the ninth. Sophomore shortstop Keaton Jones led off with a single, but a double play took him off the base path. Junior pinch hitter Kevin Daniels reached on an error, and a bunt brought the tying run to the plate. SFA’s closer Brett Higginbotham got his third save of the season, though, and secured the Lumberjack’s win.
The single from Jones stretched his streak to six games to reach base safely.
Junior right-hander Stefan Crichton (2-3) was given the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. Before the start of the fifth, he had allowed two hits and had struck out five.
Junior lefty Trevor Seidenberger came in for two innings, allowing two hits and striking out four.
Senior Justin Scharf, another righty, took over in the seventh to strand a runner. He allowed one hit and walked one batter. His walk was the only one issued by a TCU pitcher throughout the game.
Sophomore Trey Teakell came on for the ninth inning, and sat down the three batters he faced in order. This was Teakell’s sixth appearance out of the bullpen, throwing for a total of 8 1-3 innings this season. In that time, he has not allowed an earned run.
The loss moves TCU to 14-19 this season. TCU continues its stretch of home games this weekend as it returns to Big 12 Conference play. Oklahoma State travels to Fort Worth Friday for the weekend series. Friday’s game is scheduled to be nationally televised on Fox College Sports, and first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.