Baker provided the power, while Jared Janczak provided the arm. Janczak went 7.2 innings with four strikeouts, two earned runs, and a career-high 119 pitches, as he consistently kept the Aggies off balance. When he got into a rhythm after the first inning, Baker stepped up to help the Frogs pull away.
The Horned Frogs’ freshman DH smashed a three-run homer to left field in the third inning, his fifth long ball since the regular season ended, as TCU defeated Texas A&M in Game 1 of a Super Regional series Friday at Blue Bell Park.
The future is bright for TCU baseball, with guys like Baker and Janczak around.
Freshmen Luken Baker and Jared Janczak hadn’t played in an NCAA Super Regional before Friday night.
But under the bright lights of Blue Bell Park, with a fiery Texas A&M crowd cheering the Frogs’ every misstep, Baker and Janczak looked as comfortable as could be while leading TCU to a crucial 8-2 win over the Aggies to open the College Station Super Regional.
I had forgotten that Baker wrote a letter to MLB teams telling them not to waste a draft pick on him. I'm really, really glad he did that.
“Dear major league baseball teams,” his letter began.
“Please don’t waste a pick drafting me. I’m going to TCU.”
And just like that, in those few, well-pondered words 12 months ago, Horned Frogs baseball history added another chapter.
TCU is one win away from the College World Series.
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.
Jake Trotter breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the 2016 Frogs squad.
Strongest position: Linebacker
The silver lining to last year's rash of injuries to several Horned Frogs is that TCU has a chance to field one of its top defenses in years. Nowhere is that more the case than at linebacker.
Robinson may have bounced from high school to high school, but he seems incredibly locked in to being a Horned Frog.
If the nomadic Robinson appears to be a little wishy-washy, consider that on June 26 he will have been committed to TCU for a full calendar year. In this day and age of mercurial recruiting whims, Robinson has never wavered, and he appears to be a lock to play for Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs.
Adjustments need to be made to conference projections now that the Baylor situation has been unearthed.
Toward that end, two questions surface: How far should pundits drop the Bears in regard to realistic expectations for a team in turmoil? And who replaces Baylor as the best bet to unseat Oklahoma in the Big 12 race?
The answer to the second question is TCU, which has an Oct. 1 date against the Sooners in Fort Worth.