TCU Rallies For Series Win; Tops Baylor 5-4
April 21, 2013
FORT WORTH - TCU rallied from a 4-1 deficit to post a 5-4 victory over Baylor Sunday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. The Horned Frogs handed Baylor its first series loss of the season and won their third straight conference series.
Trey Teakell was masterful out of the bullpen as he pitched three scoreless innings to improve to 3-0 on the season. He allowed just two base hits and fanned two. Andrew Mitchell started for the Frogs and gave up four runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out seven in the no-decision.
TCU found itself in a 4-1 hole after the third inning. The deficit didn't last as the Frogs rallied with a three-run fourth inning to tie the game at four.
With one out, Paul Hendrix drew a walk. Jantzen Witte followed with a double to put two in scoring position for Derek Odell, who matched Witte's double with one of his own. The two-run extra base hit to left center pulled the Frogs within one, 4-3. Jerrick Suiter provided the two-out base hit to get the game tied at four.
The Horned Frogs snatched back their lead in the seventh as they scored a run on two hits. Kyle Bacak led off the inning with a base hit and moved to second on a Cody Jones sacrifice. Boomer White followed with a base hit to put runners on the corners. Hendrix hustled down the line on a potential 3-6-1 inning-ending double play, stepping on the bag just a half step before the ball arrived to drive in the go-ahead run.
Baylor's best shot at tying the game came in the eighth inning when Nathan Orf led off the inning with a single. He was standing on third with two outs, but Teakell got Jake Miller to ground out to end the inning.
TCU opened up a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Witte led off the frame with a base hit and wasted no time stealing second. Two ground outs later, the Frogs has the lead. Kevin Cron's ground out to short drove in the run.
The only bad inning for Mitchell in the Frogs saw the Bears score four times on three hits. Orf's one-out double gave Baylor a 2-1 lead and he scored on a home run off the bat of Cal Towey to extend the lead to three, 4-1.
Mitchell and Teakell shut the door on the Bears the remainder of the game. Outside of the third inning, the Bears never sent more than four men to the plate.
TCU improves to 19-21 overall and 7-8 in Big 12 play. The Frogs will hit the road for the majority of the next three weeks. TCU's next game comes Friday night at Kansas State. First pitch against the Wildcats is 6:30 p.m.