TCU Walks Off With Crazy Win


March 5, 2017

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 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.

The Rundown
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.

Notes:
• 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.

Next Up:
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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