Skoug Powers TCU To Game 1 Win
June 10, 2017
FORT WORTH -- Entering the eighth trailing 2-1, Evan Skoug changed the momentum with a two-run blast to right to put No. 5 TCU in front 3-2 as the Horned Frogs topped Missouri State 3-2 in the opening game of the NCAA Fort Worth Super Regional.
Missouri State opened the scoring with a solo home run to lead off the top of the second, but TCU responded in the bottom of the inning with a two-out run. Josh Watson was standing on second with two outs and scored on a Ryan Merrill base hit to knot the game at one.
The score stayed tied until the fifth when the Bears took advantage of a one-out double. With runners on the corners, Hunter Steinmetz dropped down a perfect bunt to give Missouri State a 2-1 lead.
Jared Janczak navigated his way through base runners in four of his 6 1/3 innings of work. He finished the night, allowing a pair of runs on five hits with one walk and struck out 10.
TCU was finally able to break through in the eighth. A walk to Zach Humphreys chase Missouri State starter Dylan Coleman. Skoug greeted the new pitcher with a home run to right field to put the Frogs in front 3-2.
Durbin Feltman came on and worked around a pair of base runners in the ninth. He got a game-ending 6-4-3 double play to lock up the victory. Sean Wymer (5-4) picked up the win in relief. He allowed just one base runner in 1 2/3 innings work.
Stat of the Game
19 -- Evan Skoug's 19th home run of the season was the most in a single-season under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle. It's tied for the fourth-most home runs in a single season with Ryan Dunn, who hit 19 in 1997.
TCU improved to 50-34 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
TCU is 5-2 all-time in Super Regional games played at Lupton Stadium.
TCU improved to 5-2 in Super Regional openers.
TCU is 10-8 all-time in NCAA Super Regional games.
TCU has scored multiple runs in an inning 96 times this season.
TCU pitchers tallied double-digit strikeouts for the 26th time this season.
TCU set a school-record for single season strikeouts. The Horned Frog pitching staff now has 578 Ks on the year, breaking the previous mark of 574 set in 2014.
Evan Skoug's two RBIs in the game give him 161 for his career, moving him into sole possession of fifth all-time at TCU.
Skoug hit his 35th career home run to move him into sole possession of fifth all-time at TCU.
Skoug recorded his 18th multi-RBI game of the year and the 44th of his career.
Austen Wade has reached base safely in 11 straight games.
Nolan Brown picked up his 18th multi-hit game of the season and the 36th of his career.
Brown stretched his hitting streak to six games.
Jared Janczak recorded his third double-digit strikeout game of the season.
Durbin Feltman picked up his nation-leading 17th save and the 26th of his career.
With the victory, TCU improves to 46-16 overall. The Horned Frogs are a victory away from a fourth straight trip to Omaha. Game 2 against Missouri State is set for 5 p.m. on Sunday and will be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
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