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TCU Powers Past Penn State, 12-1

TCU improved to 2-0 on the young season after a 12-1 win over Penn State on Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth.


FORT WORTH – A career-day at the plate from Nolan Brown and six strong innings from Brian Howard helped lead No. 1 TCU to a 12-1 victory over Penn State Saturday in front of 5,507 fans at Lupton Stadium.

The Rundown

Penn State jumped in front with a two-out rally in the first. Willie Burger doubled home Conlin Hughes to put the Nittany Lions in front 1-0. 

Brian Howard settled into a groove after allowing the back-to-back two-out hits in the first. He retired 15 straight and 16 of the final 17 batters he faced. In six innings of work, Howard allowed a run on three this, walked one and struck out three. Charles King pitched two scoreless frames in his collegiate debut and Austin Boyles closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.

 The Frogs stormed back to take the lead in the second, scoring three runs on four hits. Cam Warner worked a lead-off walk that was followed by a Josh Watson base hit. Brown put the Frogs in front 2-1 with a one-out single to right. Two batters later, Austen Wade drove in Brown for a 3-1 lead.

Sacrifice flies from Watson and Zach Humphreys in the third helped TCU capitalize on back-to-back singles from Luken Baker and Warner to open the inning.

TCU broke the game open with another two spot in the fourth. Baker added his own sacrifice fly to drive in Elliott Barzilli. Humphreys was hit on the foot with the bases loaded to push the lead to six, 7-1. Brown and Mason Hesse notch back-to-back two-run singles for an 11-1 advantage.

Barzilli’s first home run of the season in the fifth inning capped the scoring for the Horned Frogs.

Stat of the Game

4 – Nolan Brown had a career-high four RBIs on three hits in the game. It was his fifth-career three-hit game.


• TCU tallied double-digit runs for the first time this season.

• TCU had double-digit hits for the first time this season.

• TCU had three sacrifice flies in the contest.

• Zach Humphreys made his collegiate debut, starting at catcher.

• Austin Ingraham made his TCU debut in the sixth inning as a defensive replacement in center field.

• Charles King made his collegiate debut on the mound in the seventh.

• Austin Boyles made his collegiate debut on the mound in the ninth.

• Humphreys recorded his first career RBI with a third-inning sacrifice fly.

• Humphreys posted his first career multi-RBI game.

• Luken Baker made his first career start at first base.

• Nolan Brown collected his first multi-RBI game of the season and the ninth of his career.

• Brown posted his first multi-hit game of the year and the 19th of his career.

• Elliott Barzilli collected his first multi-hit game of the season and the 43rd of his career.

• Barzilli hit TCU’s home run of the season and the 12th of his career.

• Mason Hesse notched his seventh career multi-hit game and his fifth career multi-RBI game.

• Josh Watson has now reached base in 15 straight games dating back to last season.

• Cam Warner registered TCU’s first stolen base of the season.

 Next Up:

TCU and Penn State will wrap up its season-opening series Sunday. The game time has changed to 11 a.m. FCS-Pacific will carry the game live, while FSSW+ will be tape delayed until Noon. Nick Lodolo will make his first collegiate start for the Horned Frogs and face Penn State’s Justin Hagenman.

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