One night after Jake Arrieta struck out 13 Florida Atlantic hitters, TCU received another great performance out of their starting pitcher to fuel a 10-5 victory.Sophomore starting pitcher Sam Demel struck out a career-high 14 Owl hitters. Demel scattered six hits and allowed two walks in seven innings of work.
“That’s tough to do in college baseball with the aluminum bats,” said ead oach Jim Schlossnagle. “Jake and Sam are real good pitchers and when they are on they have a chance to be as dominant as anybody.”
Schlossnagle said he liked the effort of Dillon Farish, a junior relief pitcher, to have the ability to come in and make a big defensive play and get the save after the Owls loaded the bases in the top of the ninth.
After giving up a third inning leadoff homerun to Owls catcher Justin Martin, Demel settled down and found his groove.
“I made some really good pitches early on and they put them in play,” Demel said. “I just kept with my approach and kept pounding the zone and had better results.”
Demel said he was unaware of his strikeout total until his teammates told him when he came out of the game in the seventh.
Trailing by one entering the bottom of the second, the Horned Frogs sent nine hitters to the plate and scored four runs to take the lead for good. The inning was punctuated by three RBI singles, the last by sophomore catcher Andrew Walker.
Walker collected three hits with three RBIs in support of his starting pitcher.
“Every time I go up there I’m trying to put the ball in play and trying to get a hit, trying to do anything that will help our ball club,” Walker said.
Brad Furnish will take the mound Sunday for game three of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.