Two Big Innings Doom Dartmouth at No. 27 TCU
FORT WORTH, Texas — The 27th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs scored four times in both the third and seventh innings in an 8-0 victory over the visiting Dartmouth Big Green on Sunday afternoon, completing a three-game sweep. Jeremie Fagnan contributed a two-run homer to the 13-hit attack for TCU (12-7), while sophomore Nick Ruppert collected two of the five Dartmouth (1-5) hits on the afternoon.
Rookie southpaw Tyler Alexander (3-1) tossed seven scoreless stanzas on just five singles and a walk with five strikeouts before right-handers Brian Howard and Riley Ferrell each provided a perfect inning to close out the shutout. Alexander retired the side in order in the first, fourth and seventh frames and only allowed one runner to reach third. Of his 94 pitches, 61 were for strikes and only three times went to a three-ball count against the 26 batters he faced.
The Big Green starter, sophomore right-hander Beau Sulser, was able to wriggle out of trouble after allowing two base runners in each of the first two innings, but was not as fortunate in the third. A Cody Jones bunt single and Kevin Cron single put runners on second and third with out when Cron’s hit squirted away from the left fielder. Boomer White then hit a one-hop smash that shortstop Matt Parisi could not corral for an RBI single and Derek Odell followed with a sacrifice fly to center. The very next pitch was to Fagnan’s liking as he launched his second home run of the season over the fence in right-center for a 4-0 TCU lead.
Sulser settled in for the next three innings, allowing just two hits while striking out three. The Dartmouth offense, meanwhile, could not capitalize on scoring opportunities in the fifth and sixth stanzas, stranding two runners each time. Ruppert singled with one out in the fifth and scooted to third on sophomore Adam Gauthier’s two-out single to right-center. Junior Bo Patterson then lined an 0-1 pitch, but it went directly to the first baseman to end the threat.
In the following frame, junior Thomas Roulis beat out an infield hit and classmate Nick Lombardi walked with two down. Again Dartmouth made solid contact with a runner in scoring position, but freshman Michael Ketchmark’s shot to right was tracked down for the third out.
After 85 pitches, Sulser’s afternoon was done having surrendered four runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings while fanning four. The Horned Frogs then jumped on the Big Green bullpen for four more runs in the seventh. Cron drove in the first two runs with a double, Fagnan forced in another when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Dylan Delso capped the outburst with a sacrifice fly.
Six hitters in the TCU starting lineup banged out two hits apiece with Fagnan leading the team with three RBIs.
Dartmouth continues its nine-game road trip in the Central time zone when it heads to Lawrence, Kan., to take on Nebraska Omaha (8-8) in a three-game series on the home field of the University of Kansas. The series begins on Tuesday at 4 p.m. (EDT). TCU travels to Oklahoma for a game on Tuesday at 6 p.m. (CDT).