TCU Rallies In Ninth To Win

March 2, 2018

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FORT WORTH – Zach Humphreys worked an eight-pitch bases loaded walk to tie the game and A.J. Balta completed the come-from-behind win with a sacrifice fly to help No. 3 TCU rally for a 4-3 victory over UC Irvine on Friday night.

The Rundown
Connor Wanhanen’s second hit of the night with one out in the ninth got the rally started. Luken Baker followed with a double to put the tying run 90 feet away. An intentional walk to Josh Watson loaded the bases for Humphreys, who’s walk tied the game setting up Balta’s game-ending heroics.

TCU opened the scoring in the second. Watson led off the frame with an infield single. Two batters later the bases were loaded for Michael Landestoy. He drew a five-pitch walk to give the Frogs the 1-0 lead.

UC Irvine battled back to take the lead in the third. Two walks in the inning came back to haunt the Frogs as Brendan Brooks’ two-out single tied the game at one and a two-out error gave the Anteaters the lead.

The Anteaters returned the favor in the fifth as a two-out error allowed the Frogs to score the tying run. Wanhanen scored from second on an error on a ball hit by Humphreys to make it a 2-2 game.

In the seventh, a lead-off single followed by a defensive miscue had runners at the corners with nobody out for the Anteaters. A base hit from Ryan Fitzpatrick gave UC Irvine the 3-2 lead. Cal Coughlin limited the damage to the one run with three straight outs.

Coughlin pitched a perfect eight, while Jake Eissler (1-0) came on in the ninth and retired all three batters he faced to pick up the win.

Stat of the Game
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For the second time this season, TCU rallied from an eighth inning deficit to post a victory. The Frogs scored two runs in the ninth for the walk-off victory. It’s the first time since the 2016 season that TCU has tallied two wins in a season when trailing after eight innings.

• TCU has scored multiple runs in an inning 14 times this season.
• TCU outhit its opponent for the fifth time this season.
• The TCU bullpen has pitched 19 1/3 scoreless innings spanning the last five games.
• TCU’s last walk-off win was a 4-3 10th inning victory over Texas on May 7, 2017.
Jared Janczak recorded his 200th career strikeout in the third inning.
Luken Baker has reached base safely in 36 straight games dating back to last season.
Connor Wanhanen has reached base safely in 14 straight games dating back to 2017.
• Wanhanen tallied his third multi-hit game of the season and the 36th of his career.
Josh Watson has reached base safely in 12 straight games.
• Watson has hit safely in all eight games this season.
A.J. Balta has reached base safely in seven straight.
• Balta collected his third multi-hit game of the season and the 30th of his career.

Next Up
With the victory, TCU improves to 6-2. Game 2 of the series is set for Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Nick Lodolo (2-0) will get the start for the Horned Frogs.


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