Baseball avoids sweep, beats Michigan State 6-2


    The TCU baseball team found a way to snap a two-game losing streak and beat Michigan State 6-2 on Sunday at Lupton Stadium.

    TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said that the Spartans, who beat the Frogs on Friday and Saturday, are a good team.

    “I have a lot of respect for Michigan State’s team,” Schlossnagle said. “They better win that conference.”

    Sunday’s game featured two home runs. Junior outfielder Jeremie Fagnan hit a homer for TCU in the bottom of the fourth inning.

    “I was just looking for a first pitch fast ball that I could handle,” Fagnan said. “Fortunately, it was middle end and I put my best swing on it, and the rest took care of itself.”

    Fagnan, who played at first base Sunday, appeared at bat four times and had three RBIs. He had two hits and one run in Sunday’s game.

    “He played a position that he hasn’t played since the beginning of his sophomore junior college year,” Schlossnagle said. “It was good to see him do that.”

    Junior designated hitter Kevin Cron hit a triple in the first inning after having been moved from the fifth batter in the line up to third. Cron appeared at bat four times in the game and had one hit and one run.

    “He’s a good hitter,” said Schlossnagle. “He’s a better hitter than people give him credit for in the last year and a half.”

    Cron also had one RBI in Sunday’s game.

    Schlossnagle said he “tried to get some guys with a little bit more physicality in the game.”

    Freshman pitcher Tyler Alexander made the start for the Frogs. Alexander pitched 75 times in six innings. During the fourth, Alexander threw his first strikeout of the game and had his second strikeout in the fifth inning.

    The Southlake native did not allow any walks and only allowed seven hits.

    Schlossnagle said that Alexander “made pitches when he had to make them” and threw strikes to help against Michigan State.

    “His greatest tool is his presence on the mound,” Schlossnagle said. “He’s got great composure. He’s mature beyond his years.”

    TCU mustered 12 hits in the win compared to only six on Saturday. TCU was also able to lower their errors from three errors on Saturday to one error on Sunday.

    Schlossnagle said that the win was important.

    “I just feel like your season’s on the line every day you play in college baseball,” Schlossnagle said. “Its really important to come out of here this weekend with a win.”

    The Frogs play next on March 11 in Houston against Rice University. The Owls beat TCU earlier in the month 1-0.

    “We have nothing to think about but baseball here for the rest of the week,” said Schlossnagle. “We should play well.”

    Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.