A five-run first inning propelled the No. 4 Frogs (19-4, 4-2 Big 12 Conference) to a win in the first game of the series.
Left-handed pitcher Sam Hilliard threw the first four innings for the Shockers (11-14, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference), giving up seven hits and seven runs and striking out one batter.
“They walked eight and made three errors, so we took advantage of the opportunities we were given,” TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said.
Right-handed Mitchell Traver earned the win after six innings on the mound. He entered the game with an earned run average of 1.07 and allowed just one run in 21 at-bats Friday.
Designated hitter Evan Skoug was key for the Frogs. He finished the game with four hits and a uniform covered in sand.
“Probably the most fun I’ve had all season was tonight,” Skoug said.
Skoug said he has been talking to a sports psychologist, and that those conversations have helped him get out of his own way.
“He helps me get out of my own head, and that’s big time for me,” Skoug said.
Skoug’s 17 RBIs this season lead the Frogs, and this game raised his batting average to .292.
Center fielder Cody Jones led the team with three runs against the Shockers. He started off the game with a double to right field and later scored when Skoug hit another ball deep in the field.
The Shockers were next to score after a blank second inning. After shortstopTanner Kirk was injured by a pitch, shortstop Trey Vickers took over at first. He then stole second and third before right fielder Mikel Mucha hit a double to send Vickers home.
TCU finished the fourth inning with a score of 7-1 after two more runs.
Brown said multiple wild pitches made him more selective at the plate.
A scoreless sixth inning was Traver’s last. Brian Trieglaff took over on the mound for the next two innings, giving up just one hit.
Pinch hitter Austen Wade was walked in the seventh. In his five appearances as a pinch hitter this season, he has walked every time.
Three different pinch hitters took to the plate for the Frogs throughout the game. Schlossnagle said he wanted to spread out the playing time.
Skoug and Wade added the last two runs of the game, making the score 14-1 at the bottom of the seventh.
Right-hander Preston Guillory closed out the game for the Frogs, allowing no hits and no runs in the final inning.
For this matchup, location matters. In the last two regular-season series these teams have played, the home team has swept the series.
The three-game series with Wichita State marks the last home series in a 12-game homestand for the Frogs. They will play again Saturday at 2 p.m. and finish the series Sunday afternoon at 1.