TCU Sweeps K-State; Wins Wild One 21-7
May 4, 2014
FORT WORTH - The 13th-ranked TCU baseball team won a wild seven-inning affair against Kansas State, 21-7, sweeping the series. The victory moves the Horned Frogs into a tie for first atop the Big 12 standings and extends the winning streak to 12.
The Frogs, winners of 19 of their last 20, pushed their conference record to 13-5 and their overall record to 34-13. TCU scored 17 runs in its final two at-bats to erase a 7-4 deficit en route to the victory.
Kansas State jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning. A walk and two hits loaded the bases with nobody out. Jordan Kipper got a strikeout for the first out but a Carter Yagi sacrifice fly put the Wildcats in front. A two-out, two-run single for Shane Conlon pushed the lead to three.
The Frogs stormed back in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead. Garrett Crain got things going with a one-out base hit. After an infield single from Jerrick Suiter, Dylan Fitzgerald doubled in the first run of the game. A two-out error allowed the second run to score and a base hit from Derek Odell gave the Frogs the one-run lead.
Three walks and two errors in the top of the third helped Kansas State score four unearned runs as it regained a three-run lead, 7-4. Alex Bee drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game and a passed ball allowed the go-ahead run to score. A two-out throwing error brought home two more runs for the Wildcats.
Trey Teakell (4-0) came on in the top of the fourth with a runner on and nobody out. He got a double play ball and a fly out around a two-out single to keep the Wildcats off the board. He retired the final seven batters he faced to earn the win in relief.
The offensive explosion started in the fifth inning as the Frogs sent 11 men to the plate, seven of whom came around to score. Boomer White and Kevin Cron opened the inning with back-to-back singles. An error loaded the bases for Fitzgerald who single in the first run of the inning. Keaton Jones reached on an error allowing the second run to score. Kyle Bacak put the Frogs in front, 8-7, with a two-run single. With the bases loaded, White laced a bases-clearing double down the left field line for an 11-7 lead.
A 10 spot in the sixth put the game out of reach. Thirteen men came to the plate as TCU scored 10 runs on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter. Crain led off the inning with a single to left. He scored after a miscue in left field on a base hit from Fitzgerald. A passed ball allowed Fitzgerald to score for a 13-7 lead.
With a runner on and two outs, nine straight hitters reached. Cody Jones started the parade with a walk. Odell collected his third RBI of the night with a base hit followed by a two-run single from White. Crain doubled home White for a 17-7 lead. Fitzgerald and Keaton Jones hit back-to-back two-run singles to account for the final score.
TCU returns to the diamond Friday night to host the Oklahoma Sooners for a three game series. First pitch in the series is set for 6:30. The game will be televised on FSSW.
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