Evan Skoug struggled mightily to start the season, going 1-for-15 with 11 strikeouts, but Tuesday night’s go-ahead home run may just be the spark he needs.
“I just trusted in the process, fed off the energy and positivity of my teammates,” he said. “Winning a ballgame is all that matters at the end of the day, but it really felt good to get that one of my shoulders and off my chest.”
Nolan Brown had a huge part in TCU’s comeback, using his bat and his speed to help with the first two runs.
TCU cut the deficit in half in the third, picking up a run on two hits. Nolan Brown singled to lead off the inning. Two stolen bases later, he was standing on third for Ryan Merrill, who doubled to make it a 2-1 game.
Brown made it happen in the fifth as he used his speed to tie the game at two. He singled with one out, stole second and moved to third as the throw sailed into center. Zach Humphreys hit a shallow fly ball to left and Brown beat the throw home for a 2-2 game.
It’s an uphill battle from the start, but if TCU can eliminate some mistakes, they’ll be in it at the end. Then, it’s all about how they close.
TCU (17-10, 6-8 in Big 12) faces No. 3 Kansas (24-3, 12-2) on a night when the Jayhawks can clinch a share of their 13th consecutive league championship at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. The Frogs are 0-5 in career visits to Allen Fieldhouse, including 0-4 as a Big 12 member. They have lost their last nine meetings against the Jayhawks.