Jared Janczak turned in the best pitching performance by a TCU thrower thus far this season last Saturday, holding the Kansas Jayhawks hitless through eight innings and retiring the first 22 batters he faced on his way to a 5-1 Frogs win. The work earned him the title of Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.
A sophomore right-hander out of Belton, Texas, Janczak had a career-high 14 strikeouts in eight innings against KU, and was perfect until an eighth inning error on first baseman Luken Baker. He fought back after the runner reached with one out to get out of the rest of the inning unscathed, before ultimately surrendering the first hit on the first pitch he threw in the top of the ninth. Seven of Janczak’s 14 strikeouts were called looking, as he did an exceptional job mixing his pitches and painting the corners, keeping the Kansas lineup off-balance with a zippy fastball and a series of off-speed pitches. In fact, he was so good, KU only managed to get two balls out of the infield prior to the ninth inning.
JJ finished with 96 pitches, allowing only two hits, and was responsible for the single run scored. He did not walk a batter and was rarely even behind in the count, dominating from the opening frame. Janczak lowered his earned run average to 2.36 on the season as he drove his record to 5-0. He has struck out 38 batters in 34.1 innings pitched while surrendering just 16 hits and walking nine. Opponents are batting a scant .138 against him.
Janczak will likely next take the mound against Oklahoma State Saturday at Lupton in a crucial conference series. Janczak is the second TCU player to be recognized this season with a conference award, joining Luken Baker who was named Player of the Week earlier this month. Congrats to Jared on this great honor!