FORT WORTH - TCU starting pitcher Brian Howard got back in the win column Sunday afternoon as the No. 5 Horned Frogs defeated Oklahoma State 5-1, completing a three-game sweep of the Cowboys at Lupton Stadium. It was the first sweep of Oklahoma State in program history for TCU. https://twitter.com/TCU_Baseball/status/846127544231387136
The Frogs got to work early when a two-out single by Luken Baker gave TCU a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. After Oklahoma State responded with a two-out single of its own in the top of the third inning, TCU went back up on top 2-1 in the bottom of the inning when Cam Warner connected for a solo home run, extending his hit streak to six games.
The Warner home run marked the beginning of a stretch that saw TCU plate a run in four straight innings. The Frogs padded their lead with a run on an error at third base in the fourth inning before Ryan Merrill hit a two-out RBI single in fifth, giving TCU a 4-1 edge. The Frogs plated one more run in the sixth when Evan Skoug singled in Austen Wade, and the 5-1 lead would hold all the way to the final out.
Howard went seven innings on the mound for TCU in the win, retiring the final seven batters he faced. The senior had struggled in recent outings before his nine strikeout, three hit performance on Sunday, improving to 3-2 on the season.
Ryan Burnett relieved Howard on the mound when the eighth inning rolled around, staying on the mound into the ninth until he was pulled after allowing back to back singles to begin the final frame. With two on and nobody out, head coach Jim Schlossnagle turned to reliever Jake Eissler, who successfully recorded three outs without surrendering a run to end the contest.
The win boosted the Frogs to a 17-5 overall record and a 5-1 record within the Big 12 Conference. The team will pick things back up when they host UT Rio Grande Valley Tuesday night for game one of a two-game mini-series. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.