Scoring in college baseball has gone down significantly since the NCAA mandated new, less dangerous metal bats in 2011. On Saturday, TCU and Dayton made up for it in their NCAA Regional game: the Horned Frogs spanked the Flyers, 28-12.
The Horned Frogs opened the scoring with four runs in the second inning, but Dayton rallied back with four in the third, and the Flyers eventually took a 9-5 lead after the fifth. That might have been secure, if not for the 23 runs TCU would put on the board in the next four innings, bringing home seven in the sixth inning, six in the seventh, and nine in the ninth.
Dayton attempted a 19-run rally from the 28-9 deficit it faced in the bottom of the ninth, but fell 16 runs short after putting up a three-spot.
Amazingly, no one player truly keyed TCU's barrage. Only Jerrick Suiter (5-for-6 on the day) and Kyle Von Tungeln (3-for-7) had more than two hits for the Horned Frogs, and only Brance Rivera, who got four of his six RBI on a grand slam in the ninth inning, knocked in more than three runs. (Rivera also reached base after being hit by a pitch three times in the game.)
Jared Broughton led the Flyers, going 2-for-3, scoring four runs, and netting four RBI. While the Dayton staff struggled with TCU in general on the day, with only two Flyers getting through their work without allowing a run, none struggled more than Matthew Miller, who entered the game in the ninth and promptly surrendered six runs, including Rivera's grand slam, without recording an out.
The loss eliminated Dayton from the College Station Regional. TCU will play the loser of Saturday night's game between Texas A&M and Mississippi on Sunday.
For more on the Horned Frogs, visit TCU blog Frogs of War.