TCU Makes It Three In A Row
April 13, 2018
FORT WORTH – TCU scored two first inning runs and never looked back en route to a 4-2 win over Kansas on Friday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. The teams weathered a 90 minute lightning delay. Nick Lodolo was brilliant over six innings, allowing just two hits and four total base runners.
Connor Wanhanen led off the game with a walk and moved to third on a throwing error with one out. He scored on a Luken Baker groundout to give the Frogs a lead. Back-to-back two-out hits from Josh Watson and Michael Landestoy had the Frogs back in business. With the bases loaded a passed ball gave the Frogs a 2-0 lead.
Kansas, too, took advantage of a lead-off walk in the bottom of the inning. A one-out single had runners on the corners. Brett Vosik grounded out to cut the lead in half.
After the one-out single, Nick Lodolo (5-2) put it in cruise control. He retired 17 of the next 19 batters he faced before the lightning delay took hold in the top of the seventh. He finished the afternoon allowing a run on two hits, walking one and striking out five.
TCU was able to extend its lead in the top of the fourth. Landestoy drew a lead-off walk and was standing on third with two outs. Conner Shepherd delivered the RBI single for a 3-1 lead.
The Frogs pushed their advantage to three, 4-1, with a run in the eighth. Baker led off the inning with a base hit and scored on an RBI-groundout off the bat of A.J. Balta.
Kansas pulled within two in the bottom of the inning as it took advantage of a lead-off double. A two-out single from James Cosentino made it a 4-2 ballgame. With the tying run at the plate, Durbin Feltman came on and struck out the final batter of the inning.
Feltman completed the four-out save working around a one-out walk in the ninth. He fanned two in the outing to pick up his fifth save of the season.
Stat of the Game
2 – TCU held an opponent to two or fewer runs for the 12th time this season. The Horned Frogs are 12-0 in those games.
• TCU improved to 13-1 in games when it outhits an opponent.
• TCU scored first for the 11th time this season.
• TCU scored a first inning run for the 11th time this season.
• Durbin Feltman is now 31-of-35 in save opportunities.
• Josh Watson has reached base safely in 16 straight games.
• Watson has hit safely in nine straight.
• A.J. Balta has reached safely in nine straight.
• Connor Wanhanen has reached base safely in five straight.
• Luken Baker has reached base safely in 12 straight games.
• Baker collected his eighth multi-hit game of the season and the 47th of his career.
With the victory, TCU improves to 17-13 overall and 5-5 in Big 12 play. Game two against the Jayhawks is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be on ESPN3. Sean Wymer will get the start for the Horned Frogs.
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