Baker's Bomb Leads TCU's Rally
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June 19, 2016
OMAHA, Neb. -- Luken Baker's ninth inning, three-run home run propelled the TCU Horned Frogs to a 5-3 victory over Texas Tech Sunday afternoon. With the win, TCU improved to 4-0 all-time in its opening game of the College World Series.
The see-saw battle between Texas Tech and TCU came down to the final two innings.
A one-out single from Hunter Raley was the first base runner allowed by Brian Trieglaff. After a stolen base, Brian Trieglaff notched his fifth strikeout of the game to record the second out. Following an intentional walk, Hunter Hargrove jumped on the first pitch for an RBI-double and a 3-2 Texas Tech lead.
TCU fought back in the ninth inning. Austen Wade worked a full-count walk to start the frame. With one out, Evan Skoug lined a single into left field setting up Baker's heroics. The freshman jumped on a 1-0 offering from Robert Duggar and hooked it just inside the left field foul pole for his 10th home run of the season and a 5-3 TCU lead.
Texas Tech opened the game's scoring in the third. With two outs, Orlando Garcia reached on an infield single. Tanner Gardner's double to left was bobbled, allowing Garcia to score for a 1-0 lead.
TCU answered with an unearned run of its own in the fourth. Elliott Barzilli drew a lead-off walk and stole second. He moved to third on an error by the second baseman and slid in safely on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ryan Merrill.
Cam Warner's sixth home run of the season with one out in the fifth put the Horned Frogs on top, 2-1.
Texas Tech responded in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of a lead-off walk of its own. With two on and one out, Gardner doubled down the right field line to drive in the tying-run. Jared Janczak got a pop up for the second out, before giving way to Trieglaff struck out Tyler Nesloney to end the inning with the game tied at two.
Janczak started for the Frogs and went 4 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits. He walked one and struck out eight. Trieglaff allowed a run on two hits, walked one and struck out five in three innings. Ryan Burnett (3-1) picked up the win after retiring the only batter he faced in the eighth. Durbin Feltman pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to earn his ninth save of the season.
Stat of the Game
2 -- Sunday's win was just TCU's second when trailing after 8 innings. Luken Baker has provided the game-winning home run in both comebacks.
TCU improved to 44-32 in the NCAA Tournament.
TCU improved to 4-0 in its opening game of the College World Series.
TCU has homered in 40 games this season.
TCU improved to 11-0 in game in which it hits multiple home runs.
TCU outhit its opponent for the 44th time this season.
TCU allowed the first run in a game for the 31st time this season.
TCU has scored two or more runs in an inning 110 times this season.
Jared Janczak picked up his second pick-off of the season. It was TCU's seventh of the year.
Josh Watson has reached base safely in 10 straight games.
Ryan Merrill has reached base safely in eight straight games.
Cam Warner has reached base in nine straight games.
Cam Warner collected his 23rd multi-hit game of the season.
Cam Warner's sixth home run of the season was his third in the postseason.
Luken Baker has reached base safely in 36 straight games.
Luken Baker stretched his hitting streak to 12 games.
Luken Baker collected his team-leading 18th multiple-RBI game of the season.
Luken Baker has six home runs in the postseason.
Luken Baker notched his 26th multi-hit game of the year.
Evan Skoug collected his 19th multi-hit game of the season and the 28th of his career.
With the victory, TCU improves to 48-16 on the year. TCU advances in the winner's bracket and will face the winner of the Coastal Carolina/Florida match-up at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night. The game will be televised on ESPN.
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