Youth Is Served In Game One Win

June 11, 2016

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas  -- A sensational start from redshirt-freshman Jared Janczak and a three-run home run from freshman Luken Baker helped guide TCU to an 8-2 game one victory over No. 1 Texas A&M Friday night at Blue Bell Park.

The Rundown
After a rocky first inning, Janczak (7-3) settled in and through 6 2/3 shutout innings to carry TCU into the eighth inning. The only blemish on his sparking line was a two-out, two-run double from Michael Barash. After sending six batters to the plate in the first inning, the Aggies sent more than four men to the plate just once.

The final line for Janczak, making just his fifth career start, saw him throw a career-high 7 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs on six hits, walked three and struck out four.

TCU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first. Back-to-back singles from Cam Warner and Evan Skoug put runners on the corners with one out. A walk to Baker loaded the bases for Elliott Barzilli. He grounded into a fielder's choice to bring in one run. An errant relay throw back to first got away, allowing Skoug to score for a 2-0 lead.

The Aggies answered back in their half of the first. A one-out single followed by a two-out walk put the tying runs on base. Barash tied the game with a double to left center.

The Frogs grabbed the lead back in the third. Walks to Warner and Skoug set the table for Baker, who delivered a three-run blast off the scoreboard in left center to make it a 5-2 ballgame.

Three more runs scored in the fifth for TCU as the lead stretched to six. With two outs, Baker dumped a single into left field. After Barzilli was hit by a pitch, Texas A&M pitcher Brigham Hill uncorked a wild pitch that eluded the catcher long enough for Baker to race around third and score from second for a 6-2 lead. Two batters later, Ryan Merrill doubled to left to bring in two more runs.

Texas A&M's only real threat beyond the first inning came in the eighth as it had two on and two out. Brian Trieglaff came on and got the final out to send the game to the ninth. Ryan Burnett got the final three outs in the ninth to lock up the TCU victory.

Stat of the Game
5 --
Luken Baker hit his fifth home run in the postseason. It was his ninth of the season. Four of Baker's home runs this season have given TCU a lead. The Horned Frogs are 9-0 in games in which he hits a home run.

• TCU improved to 42-31 in the NCAA Tournament.
• TCU improved to 8-7 in NCAA Super Regionals.
• TCU improve to 5-1 in NCAA Tournament games played in College Station.
• TCU scored a first-inning run for the 16th time this season.
• TCU has scored two or more runs in an inning 108 times this season.
• TCU has homered in 39 games this season.
• TCU has reached double-figures in hits 35 times this season.
• TCU improved to 38-0 when leading after eight innings.
• TCU improved to 27-3 in games decided by five or more runs.
Luken Baker has reached base safely in 33 straight games.
Luken Baker stretched his hitting streak to nine games.
Luken Baker tallied his 25th career multi-hit game.
Luken Baker collected his 17th career multiple-RBI game.
Cam Warner stretched his hitting streak to six games.
Cam Warner posted his 22nd career multi-hit game.
Evan Skoug collected his 17th multi-hit game of the season and the 36th of his career.
Ryan Merrill notched his sixth multiple-RBI game of the season and his 12th multi-hit game of the year.

Next Up
TCU improves to 46-15 overall with the win. The Horned Frogs and the Aggies will square off in game two of the NCAA College Station Super Regional Saturday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN. A trip to its third straight College World Series is on the line for TCU, while Texas A&M will be attempting to force a game three on Sunday.



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