TCU Comeback Bid Falters In Loss
April 14, 2017
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – No. 3 TCU rallied with a three-run top of the ninth to tie the game at four, but a lead-off double for West Virginia came around to score as the Horned Frogs dropped a 5-4 decision to the Mountaineers.
Facing a three-run deficit in the ninth, TCU put together a fierce rally to get the game tied at four. Evan Skoug opened the inning with a home run to left. Back-to-back singles from Josh Watson and Nolan Brown put the tying runs on base. Ryan Merrill made it a one-run game with a two-out single. A wild pitch allowed Brown to score the tying run.
The comeback was not to be as West Virginia capitalized on a lead-off double in the bottom of the ninth. A sac bunt moved the runner to third and he scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Mountaineers the walk-off victory.
TCU opened up a 1-0 lead in the first as it took advantage of a one-out error by the Mountaineers. Cam Warner scored on a double to right field off the bat of Luken Baker. A lead-off triple from WVU’s Kyle Gray scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one.
The Mountaineers took their first lead in the fourth with two runs on two hits. Once again, a triple factored into the occasion as Kyle Davis’ triple gave West Virginia a 2-1 lead. He scored on the second sacrifice fly of the game to make it a 3-1 ballgame. A two-out base hit in the fifth pushed the WVU advantage to three, 4-1.
Jared Janczak took the no-decision after allowing four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. Charles King turned in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Sean Wymer (2-2) took the loss for the Frogs.
Stat of the Game
21 – With a walk and a base hit, Austen Wade stretched his on-base streak to 21 games.
• TCU has tallied multiple runs in an inning 55 times this season.
• TCU has homered in 19 contests this season.
• Luken Baker stretched his hitting streak to 14 games and his on-base streak to 15.
• Austen Wade has reached base safely in 21 straight games.
• Evan Skoug has reached base safely in 17 straight games.
• Skoug tallied his eighth multi-hit game of the season and the 48th of his career.
• Skoug hit his sixth home run of the season and the 24th of his career.
• Nolan Brown has reached base safely in 12 straight games.
With the loss, TCU falls to 27-6 overall and 8-2 in Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs and the Mountaineers will square off in Game 2 of the series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. (CT).
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