TCU Walks Off With Crazy Win
March 5, 2017
HOUSTON – Ryan Merrill’s walk-off double capped a wild comeback for No. 1 TCU as it rallied to defeat No. 15 Texas A&M 11-10 in 15 innings. The Horned Frogs scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings.
Josh Watson’s lead-off single in the 15th helped complete the Frogs improbable come back from down 10-5 in the bottom of the ninth. A fielder’s choice erased Watson, but Nolan Brown used his speed to swipe second. With two on and one out, Merrill delivered a shot to the right-center alley for a walk-off double.
Texas A&M led from the get-go, scoring five times in the first. TCU scratched and clawed to keep it close, but the Aggies always seemed to have an answer. The Frogs got a run back in the bottom of the first on a two-out single from Luken Baker, but a two-spot in the fifth for A&M pushed the deficit back to six.
TCU picked up four runs combined in the sixth and seventh to cut the Aggie lead to 3, 8-5. A two-run, two-out double in the ninth by Texas A&M seemed to put the game out of reach.
Five straight walks were issued by the Aggies to start the ninth, plating two runs and putting the go-ahead run at first. Austin Ingraham cut the deficit to two, 10-8, with his first-career hit. With two outs, Elliott Barzilli ripped a sharp grounder down the third base line. Two runs scored on the play and the game was tied at 10.
Sean Wymer was the stop-gap the Frogs needed as he retired all 15 batters he faced with a career-high nine strikeouts. Durbin Feltman tossed a scoreless top of the 15th to record the victory setting up Merrill’s heroics in the bottom of the frame.
Stat of the Game
15 – Sean Wymer was outstanding in relief, tossing five perfect innings. He tallied a career-high nine strikeouts in the game.
• The TCU pitching staff recorded 26 strikeouts in the game, establishing a school record. The old mark of 19 was set on March 4, 2005 against Manhattan.
• TCU improved to 93-101 against ranked opponents under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
• TCU improved to 34-17 in extra innings under Schlossnagle.
• TCU improved to 13-7 all-time in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic.
• TCU has scored multiple runs in an inning 22 times this season.
• TCU’s pitching staff registered double-digit strikeouts for the fifth time this season.
• TCU collected double-digit hits for the fifth time this season • TCU stole multiple bases for the fifth time this season.
• Austen Wade stretched his hitting streak to nine games.
• Evan Skoug and Wade have reached base safely in nine straight games.
• Cam Warner has reached base in all 10 games this season.
• Warner notched his fourth multi-RBi game of the season and the 14th of his career.
• Josh Watson extended his hitting streak to five games.
• Watson posted his second multi-hit game of the season and the 19th of his career.
• Luken Baker has reached base safely in six straight games.
• Elliott Barzilli stretched his hitting streak to six games.
• Barzilli collected his third multi-hit game of the year and the 45th of his career.
• Nolan Brown registered his fourth multi-hit game of the season and the 22nd of his career.
• Austin Ingraham recorded his first career multi-hit game.
• Ryan Merrill picked up his first multi-hit game of the season and the 14th of his career.
With the win, TCU improves to 9-1 on the season. The Horned Frogs will wrap up play in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic Sunday afternoon against No. 11 Ole Miss. First pitch is slated for 1:35 p.m. at Minute Maid Park. The game will be televised on FSN.
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