TCU’s bats suffered through the same road struggles we saw earlier this season, but Janczak’s performance on the mound kept them in it long enough for the Frogs to break through. Just two weeks after carrying a perfect game into the eighth inning against Kansas, Janczak was perfect through six tonight against K-State. He ended up throwing a shutout though nine innings, allowing just two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in a no decision.
K-State’s Heskett was a near match for Janczak, keeping the game knotted at zero through his seven innings of work. He allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out seven. TCU had runners in scoring position in the seventh, eighth and tenth innings, but was unable to get the timely hit until Baker finally broke through in the eleventh.
In that deciding inning Wade led off with a single and moved to second on a fielder’s choice by Warner. Skoug was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second before Luken Baker singled through the left side on a 2-1 count to allow Warner to score the go-ahead run. After that, singles by Watson and Brown scored Skoug and loaded the bases with one out. Barzilli, who has struggled mightily at the plate this year, gave the Frogs some cushion with a bases clearing double to make it 5-0 Frogs heading into the bottom of the frame.
Sean Wymer earned the win with two perfect innings in relief of Janczak to push his record to 2-1 on the year. He ended the game with three straight groundouts to secure the victory for TCU.
Meanwhile, in Norman, the Sooners took game one of their series against Texas Tech to give the Red Raiders their first Big 12 loss of the year. That puts TCU at 6-1 and in first place in the Big 12 with Tech falling to second at 3-1.
TCU and K-State will play game 2 of this weekend’s series tomorrow at 2:00pm CT. The game will be televised on ESPN3.