Big Eighth Aids TCU's Comeback Victory
April 15, 2017
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – TCU rallied from an early 5-0 deficit with five runs in the eighth to post an 8-6 victory over West Virginia to even the weekend series at a game apiece. Evan Skoug led the charge with two home runs in the game.
West Virginia raced out to a 5-0 lead in the first three innings, taking advantage of a trio of lead-off batters to reach. A two-out single in the first gave WVU the early lead. Two run home runs in the second and third pushed the lead to five.
The two teams traded runs in the fourth. Luken Baker’s two-out base knock drove in Cam Warner to get the Frogs on the board, but a two-out from Darius Hill restored West Virginia’s five-run lead, 6-1.
Evan Skoug’s first home run of the game in the sixth started the comeback. He was aided on the mound by a strong relief outing from Austin Boyles (2-0) who retired nine of the 10 batters he faced to keep the deficit manageable.
Austen Wade, Warner and Skoug walked to lead-off the eighth, opening the door for the comeback. TCU navigated through a quartet of pitching changes to ultimately come all the way back and take a 7-6 lead. All five runs came with two outs.
The race around the bases started with a two-run single from Nolan Brown. A wild pitch allowed Josh Watson to score to make it a one-run ball game. Connor Wanhanen delivered the two-run double to give TCU a 7-6 lead.
Skoug’s second home run of the game in the ninth gave TCU an insurance run. Durbin Feltman recorded a five-out save to lock up the victory.
Stat of the Game
16 – TCU has trailed at some point in a game 22 times this season. The Horned Frogs have come back to win 16 of those 22 games this season.
• TCU has tallied multiple runs in an inning 56 times this season.
• TCU has homered in 20 contests this season.
• TCU has stolen multiple bases in 18 times this season.
• Austen Wade has reached base safely in 22 straight games.
• Luken Baker stretched his hitting streak to 15 games and his on-base streak to 16.
• Baker collected his ninth multi-hit game of the season and the 36th of his career.
• Evan Skoug has reached base safely in 18 straight games.
• Skoug hit his seventh and eighth home run of the season and the 25th and 26th of his career.
• The two home run game for Skoug was the second of his career (vs. Abilene Christian 5/12/15).
• Skoug tallied his ninth multi-hit game of the season and the 49th of his career.
• Nolan Brown has reached base safely in 13 straight games.
• Brown and Skoug extended their hitting streaks to six games.
• Brown tallied multiple steals in a game for the fifth time this season.
• Brown recorded his fourth multi-RBI game of the year and the 12th of his career.
• Connor Wanhanen has reached base safely in six straight.
• Wanhanen collected his second multi-RBI game of the year and the 20th of his career.
• Durbin Feltman improved to 18-for-18 in save opportunities in his career.
• Feltman matched his career-high with his ninth save of the season.
TCU improves 28-6 overall and 9-2 in Big 12 play. The rubber match of the series is set for Sunday afternoon. Game time against the Mountaineers is set for 11 a.m. (CT).
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