Luken Baker, at 6-4, 265 pounds, shined both on the mound and in the batter’s box.
There was tremendous hype heading into the weekend for the highly-touted freshman out of Oak Ridge High School. He is the reigning Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year winner after posting a 1.02 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 82 innings pitched his senior season.
TCU fans saw his talent on the mound on full display Sunday en route to their series-clinching win over LMU behind Baker’s six innings of shutout work in which he allowed just one hit and struck out six Lions.
Baker, who once won the high school home run derby in front of MLB all-stars, shined in the batter’s box Sunday as well, hitting a towering two-run home run into the home bullpen.
That was all TCU needed as Preston Guillory worked around LMU’s biggest threat in the seventh inning, striking out two and and forcing a lazy pop-out to leave the bases loaded.
Baker stayed in the game as the designated hitter after his six innings of work on the mound, just as he did the whole weekend. He hit safely in all three contests including his two-run home run Sunday.
The 5-0 win was Jim Schlossnagle’s 518th win as TCU’s head coach, which passes Lance Brown for the most in school history. The shutout was TCU’s 25th over the last two seasons which is the most in the NCAA.