"He had some good stuff," said Sam Houston's Jake MacWilliam, who homered and had three RBIs on his two hits. "I've never seen anybody with a slider like that.
"When he's locating it, he's good, but he left some balls up, some pitches to hit. We took advantage of that."
Carter Burgess had three of Sam Houston's 12 hits. The Bearkats scored three times in the fourth inning, and two runs in each of the final three innings while building a 9-0 lead.
TCU (6-3), which also had 12 hits, scored all its runs in the ninth, with three coming on 6-foot-5, 245-pound Kevin Cron's home run to left field. Keaton Jones had three hits for TCU, which is ranked 16th nationally.
On Tuesday, unranked Sam Houston won, 3-1, at 10th-ranked Rice.
"That extra competition, we go out and prove to everybody," said Eppler, who got out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. "Do what we practice every day, and that's what we did."
Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.