NCAA Tournament: Tre Richardson’s 11 RBIs Power TCU Past Arkansas 20-5

Tre Richardson had 11 RBI in TCU’s 20-5 win against Arkansas. (Photo Courtesy of the Big 12 Conference)

By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network

Texas Christian University second baseman Tre Richardson tied the NCAA record for most RBI in a postseason game with 11 on Sunday, a performance that included two grand slams in the first two innings, as TCU beat the University of Arkansas 20-5.

The Razorbacks pitching staff gave up 17 hits, three walks and four home runs during Sunday’s game at the NCAA Regional in Fayetteville.

TCU got on the board in the top of the first inning when Richardson launched his first home run, hitting a grand slam to right field as Kurtis Byrne, Brayden Taylor, and Cole Fontenelle scored to put the Horned Frogs up 4-0 early. The Horned Frogs tallied six runs during the top of the first inning and batted around, with right fielder Austin Davis’ two-run single scoring Byrne and Anthony Silva.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Razorbacks got on the board when Tavian Josenberger launched a solo home run.

Razorbacks starting pitcher Hagen Smith did not record an out in the second inning, getting the hook after allowing six hits, eight earned runs, walking two batters, and striking out.

During the top of the second inning, the Horned Frogs’ Taylor drove a single to right field and Elijah Nunez scored to make it 7-1. A few batters later, Richardson came to the plate with the bases loaded again, and he drilled his second home run and grand slam of the day over the right field wall, sending Karson Bowen, Taylor, and Fontenelle in to score to put TCU up 11-1.

In the top of the third inning, Taylor drove a three run home run over the right field wall and Nunez and Bowen came in to score to go up 14-1.

During the top of the sixth inning, Richardson launched his third home run of the game, a two-run homer over the right field wall, scoring Fontenelle to make it 16-3.

In the top of the ninth inning, Richardson had his fifth hit of the game, a single to shallow center, and Taylor and Fontenelle came in to score to make it 19-5.

TCU starting pitcher Sam Stoutenborough threw six innings, allowing six hits, four earned runs, no walks, and five strikeouts.

Richardson tied the record for most runs batted in a NCAA Division I postseason game with his 11 RBI outburst.

University of Arkansas landed in the loser’s bracket on Sunday, but won against Santa Clara University to stay alive in the NCAA tournament. 

TCU will play on Monday against the University of Arkansas in the Fayetteville Regional at 3 p.m. EDT on ESPN+.

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