TCU MEDIA RELATIONS:
FORT WORTH – No. 1 TCU completed the season-opening sweep of Penn State Sunday with a 9-3 victory at Lupton Stadium. Freshman Nick Lodolo made his first career start and was backed by an offense that scored nine runs on 10 hits, including home runs from Luken Baker and Cam Warner.
Similar to Saturday’s game, the Nittany Lions jumped out to an early lead with a two-out rally. A double was followed by a two-run home run from Willie Burger to put Penn State up 2-0 after one.
Lodolo settled into a groove after the first and finished the afternoon with seven strikeouts in five innings of work. Jake Eissler pitched two scoreless frames in his collegiate debut and Haylen Green retired the side in order in the ninth in his first collegiate game.
The Horned Frogs battled back with a two-out rally of their own to knot the game at two. Nolan Brown worked a two-out walk and moved to third on a Warner base hit. Ryan Merrill laced a single to left to cut the deficit in half. A double steal tied the game as Warner slid home ahead of the throw.
A three-run third inning put the Frogs on top for good. Austen Wade opened the frame with a base hit. Three batters later, the bases were full of Frogs for Josh Watson, who delivered a sacrifice fly to drive in Wade. A two-out fielding error in left-center allowed two more runs to score.
The home run ball came to play in the fifth as TCU stretched its lead to six, 8-2. Baker’s first home run of the season came with one out in the frame. Watson, who doubled, scored on Warner’s home run that landed in the TCU bullpen.
TCU added a run in the seventh on an RBI-single from Nolan Brown. Burger went deep for the second time in the game with a solo shot in the eighth to cap the game scoring.
Stat of the Game
3 – TCU scored double-digit runs in three innings en route to the victory. Already this season, the Horned Frogs have put up crooked numbers in nine innings.
• TCU is 3-0 to start a season for the first time since the 2015 season.
• It’s the fourth time under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle the Horned Frogs have swept their season-opening series.
• The series attendance of 15,744 ranks third all-time in program history and second in regular season play. It’s the largest opening weekend series attendance.
• TCU had double-digit hits for the second time this season.
• TCU has homered in two straight games.
• TCU stole six bases in the contest.
• The TCU pitching staff registered its second double-digit strikeout game of the season.
• Jake Eissler made his collegiate debut on the mound in the sixth.
• Cal Coughlin made his collegiate debut on the mound in the eighth.
• Haylen Green made his collegiate debut on the mound in the ninth.
• Luken Baker hit his 12th career home run.
• Luken Baker recorded his first multi-hit game of the season and the 28th of his career.
• Cam Warner notched his seventh career home.
• Josh Watson has now reached base in 16 straight games dating back to last season.
• Austen Wade collected his first multi-hit game of the season and the 20th of his career.
• Cam Warner collected his first multi-hit game of the season and the 24th of his career.
• Nolan Brown has hit safely in all three games this season.
TCU improves to 3-0 on the season with the victory. The Horned Frogs will head East to face Metroplex rival UT Arlington on Tuesday night. First pitch from Clay Gould Ballpark is set for 6:30 p.m. Mitchell Traver will make his first start of the season.