TCU Rallies in Ninth, Tops GCU 3-2
Feb. 16, 2018
PHOENIX – No. 3 TCU scored three runs in the ninth to rally from a 2-0 deficit to top Grand Canyon 3-2 on Opening Night in the newly renovated GCU Ballpark. Josh Watson was the offensive hero with a two-run triple in the ninth.
The Rundown Coby Boulware got the ninth inning rally started with a line drive base hit up the middle. Connor Wanhanen worked a nine-pitch walk to put the tying runs on base. With one out, Watson lined a triple down the right field line to tie the game at two. Zach Humphreys followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Horned Frogs the lead.
Durbin Feltman came on in the ninth and shut it down as he retired the side in order for his first save of the season. Cal Coughlin (1-0) picked up the win in relief with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Jared Janczak was outstanding in his second career Opening Day start. The junior fanned 11 and issued two walks while allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Grand Canyon struck first in the bottom of the first inning, taking advantage of a lead-off walk. With runners on the corners and nobody out, Ian Evans grounded out to give the Lopes a 1-0 lead.
TCU had a couple of chances to tie the game before the ninth. In the fifth, Humphreys was stranded at third after leading off the inning with a base hit. The Frogs looked like they had tied the game in the seventh, but an interference call resulted in an inning-ending double play to keep the Grand Canyon lead intact.
In the bottom of the inning, the Lopes opened up a 2-0 lead on a bases-loaded, two-out wild pitch. Coughlin kept the damage at a minimum setting up the Frogs’ ninth inning rally.
Stat of the Game
11 – Jared Janczak tallied 11 strikeouts, his fourth career double-digit strikeout game.
• TCU improved to 10-5 in season-openers under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
• TCU improved to 2-2 in road openers under Schlossnagle’s direction.
• The TCU pitching staff registered 13 strikeouts.
• TCU has allowed three or fewer runs for the 10th consecutive game dating back to last season.
• A.J. Balta, Coby Boulware, Adam Oviedo, Johnny Rizer and Conner Shepherd made their TCU debuts.
• Adam Oviedo and Coby Boulware registered their first career hits.
• Durbin Feltman recorded his 27th career save.
• Luken Baker has reached base safely in 30 straight games dating back to last season.
• Josh Watson collected his 24th career multi-hit game.
• Connor Wanhanen has reached base safely in seven straight games dating back to 2017.
With the victory, TCU improves to 1-0 overall. Game two of the series is set for Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Nick Lodolo will get the start for the Horned Frogs.
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