Alexander leads Frogs to eighth straight win

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    After recording four runs and knocking Texas Pan American’s starting pitcher out in the first inning, the Frogs coasted to a second straight victory over UTPA and an eight-game winning streak Wednesday night.

    The No. 1 Horned Frogs (16-2, 3-0 Big 12) beat UTPA 11-5 on Wednesday night at Lupton Stadium and completed the 2-game series sweep.

    The first hit of the night was by senior third baseman Derek Odell, who scored two runs for the Frogs. Odell also lead the TCU offense in Tuesday’s game, going 3-for-5 with two RBI’s. Before Tuesday’s game, Odell had gone hitless in his previous 13 at-bats.

    Sophomore pitcher Tyler Alexander recorded a career high nine strikeouts on Wednesday. Alexander gave up six hits and two runs over seven innings.

    “Compared to the end of last year when I did really well and I was able to go deep into games and the beginning of this year [when] I was struggling to get past the fifth inning, it felt good to throw 90 pitches and get a feel for everything I had,” Alexander said.

    TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said the team’s upcoming schedule meant Alexander’s performance was even more important.

    “We’re going to need him to pitch really, really well in that role the rest of the season if that’s where he stays,” Schlossnagle said. “Some of the best teams we have left on our schedule, we play on the weekends, but these games are just as important as any other we play.”

    Logan Landon was the star of the third inning for UTPA. Landon’s two-run home run halved TCU’s lead to 4-2.

    Junior right fielder Nolan Brown led off the third with a double, bringing up the score to 6-2.

    In the fourth inning, senior second baseman Garrett Crain hit the ball all the way to the wall, scoring two runs and increasing the Frogs’ lead to 8-2. Brown’s second hit of the night then gave the Frogs a 9-2.

    TCU added a pair of runs in the eighth to lead 11-2. Junior outfielder Evan Williams doubled after coming in to pinch hit for senior outfielder Cody Jones. Odell and freshman catcher Evan Skoug added the RBIs for the Frogs.

    UTPA had no hits for five innings until Lee Rios hit a 3-run home run in the ninth.

    The win was the Frogs’ fifth in just six days. They will host Oklahoma State for a 3-game series this weekend at Lupton Stadium.

    “It’s a bit of a grind, but most of us like playing games and we like practicing, so it keeps us going and keeps us in the groove heading into a big series with confidence,” Brown said.