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TCU baseball team thumps BYU

FORT WORTH, Texas — A powerful Texas Christian offense overpowered BYU Saturday afternoon in baseball, 16-6.

TCU (11-9) chased starting pitcher Ken Gravley from the mound after just 2 1/3 innings of work. The Horned Frogs scored two runs in the first and added four more in the second. Kirk Williamson, a redshirt freshman who made his first career appearance Saturday, came on in relief after Gravley gave up back-to-back walks with two out in the third.

The Cougars (5-10) scored their first run in the fifth on a throwing error by TCU third baseman Mike Settle, that sent the ball up the right-field line, allowing Jackson to score from first on the hit-and-run. The errant throw also caused a collision between Ranger Wiens and TCU first baseman Chris Saenz. After being attended to by the trainer, Wiens remained in the game.

The bulk of the TCU offense came in the fifth, when the Horned Frogs recorded six runs, including a string of five consecutive hits by the top of the order. BYU started a rally in the sixth on a two-run triple to right center by Kory Knell, which drove in Kainoa Obrey and Brock Jacobsen, bringing the score to 12-3. Knell scored one out later on a fielder's choice groundout to second base by Clayton Carson, closing the gap to 12-4.

The Cougars continued to gain momentum in the seventh. After a single to left field by Jake Stubblefield, Obrey sent an 0-1 fastball over the left-center field fence for his fourth home run of the season. Stubblefield, who was 3-for-5 on the afternoon, has a nine-game hitting streak, the longest of any Cougar hitter this season.

TCU put the game out of reach in the seventh, with four unearned runs off Cougar reliever Bryce Searle.

The Cougars will begin conference play next Thursday at New Mexico. The game will begin at 2 p.m., MST.

All the New Mexico games will be broadcast live by Brent Norton, long-time voice of the Cougars, over KOVO Radio 960 AM.