Errors Prove Costly In Loss
Feb. 18, 2018
PHOENIX – Two errors in the bottom of the 12th helped Grand Canyon rally for the 9-8 victory over No. 3 TCU on Sunday afternoon at Grand Canyon Ballpark. In the loss, Luken Baker hit his first home run of the season.
TCU looked in control of the game after tallying a pair of runs in the top of the 12th. Three walks loaded the bases with nobody out. Zach Humphreys broke the 6-6 tie with a base hit to left. A bases-loaded walk to Adam Oviedo pushed the lead to 8-6.
It wasn’t to be as the Lopes took advantage of two costly errors in the bottom of the frame to score three times. The lead-off batter reached on an error. Four batters later, the game was tied at two. Austin Boyles came on and got two quick outs and looked to be out of the inning with the game tied, but an errant throw allowed the winning run to score.
Grand Canyon opened the scoring in the bottom of the third as it took advantage of a lead-off single. Ian Evans’ two-out double gave the Lopes a 1-0 lead. With one swing of the bat, Luken Baker tied the game at one as he launched his first home run of the season over the left center field fence in the fourth.
The Lopes put up five runs over the next two innings to open up a 6-1 advantage. GCU took the lead in the fourth on a two-out single from Griffin Barnes. In the fifth, an error allowed one run to score, but the big blow was a three-run home run from Cuba Bess.
In the sixth, A.J. Balta’s RBI-double started the Frogs on the path to the comeback. Two walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch, a balk along with an error helped the Frogs score four times in the seventh to tie the game at six. Josh Watson was the lone Frog to pick up an RBI in the flurry of activity.
From there, the bullpens went to work, keeping the game scoreless until the 12th. Haylen Green pitched two perfect innings, followed by 1 2/3 perfect innings for Cal Coughlin. Durbin Feltman walked one and struck out four in his two innings on the mound. Charles King (0-1) took the loss after allowing three runs (one earned) in 1+ innings of work.
Stat of the Game
3 – TCU’s three errors led to three unearned runs in the loss.
• TCU has scored multiple runs in an inning six times this season.
• TCU tallied double-digit hits for the second time this season.
• TCU’s lost in extra innings snapped a nine-game winning streak in extra innings dating back to 2015.
• The TCU pitching staff registered double-digit strikeouts for the second time this season.
• Conner Shepherd registers his first career hit, a double in the 11th.
• Luken Baker has reached base safely in 31 straight games dating back to last season.
• Baker tallied his 40th career multi-hit game.
• Baker’s home run was the 20th of his career.
• Baker homered for the first time since April, 29, 2017 at Texas Tech.
• Connor Wanhanen has reached base safely in nine straight games dating back to 2017.
• Michael Landestoy collected his seventh career multi-hit game.
• A.J. Balta tallied his second multi-hit game of the year and the 28th of his career.
• Zach Humphreys tallied his second multi-hit game of the season and the ninth of his career.
With the loss, TCU drops to 2-1 overall. The Horned Frogs will open up a four game homestand on Tuesday night when they host UT Arlington at 6:30. The game will be televised on FSSW.
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