Coming off the team’s first Big 12 sweep in school history, the Frogs (20-12, 5-4 Big 12) took an early lead in Dallas and never looked back. Junior center fielder Cody Jones hit two balls, drove in two RBIs and scored three runs in the win.
Dallas Baptist University (23-9, 5-1 Missouri Valley) entered Tuesday’s matchup following a previous loss to TCU. The Patriots average 7.1 runs per game and boast a 12-4 record at home this season.
The last time the pair met, it took 15 innings and a school-record five-and-a-half hours for the Frogs to steal a 5-4 win at home.
This time, it didn’t take long for TCU to get on the board in Dallas. Sophomore left fielder Boomer White successfully bunted in the first inning with two runners on base, allowing Jones to score.
A team-high 49 hits and 22 RBIs have come from White’s bat this season.
White extended his team’s lead once again in the third inning, singling to right field, which allowed Jones to score his second run of the day.
The Patriots then caught White stealing second but an error gave junior third baseman Derek Odell an unearned run, making it 3-0 TCU.
Odell earned Big 12 Player of the Week last week.
Junior pitcher Jordan Kipper got the start Tuesday and pitched one of his best games of the year, allowing only one run and four hits in eight innings. Kipper entered the game with a 3-2 record and a team-high ERA of 5.29.
A transfer from Central Arizona, Kipper retired each of his first six at-bats. Kipper’s eight innings pitched made Tuesday’s win his longest single game performance as a Frog.
Dallas Baptist scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to two. The Patriots mustered only four hits in the loss.
TCU second baseman Garrett Crain got a leadoff double in the top of the fifth but the Frogs couldn’t capitalize. Neither team would score again until the seventh inning.
With Crain on third, Jones grounded out for a sacrifice run. Odell then singled on the following at-bat, putting 5-foot-9 senior Kyle Bacak across home plate to make it a 5-1 TCU game.
Crain opened the ninth inning with his second hit of the game. The junior has 20 hits this season.
After Bacak grounded out on the following at-bat, Jones hit a single up the middle to score Crain, extending TCU’s lead to 6-1. Odell then mustered up his third hit of the night, giving Jones his third run.
Freshman left-hander Tyler Alexander pitched in relief of Kipper, retiring three straight batters to complete TCU’s 7-1 win.
The Frogs next head to Lawrence, Kan., where they’ll face the conference opponent Kansas (21-11, 5-4 Big 12). First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Friday.