Top ten matchup. Sold out crowd. Number one offense in the country. Freshman pitcher. That doesn’t usually end well, but Friday night, the young gun one upped Guns Up.
Nick Lodolo allowed a run on four hits in eight innings as No. 4 Texas Christian downed No. 7 Texas Tech 4-1 in a Big 12 Conference series opener Friday night at Rip Griffin Park.
Evan Skoug had three hits and scored twice and Oak Ridge product Luken Baker drove in a run for the Horned Frogs (31-9, 12-4 Big 12).
In a tight race, the series winner this weekend will have a big advantage down the stretch.
TCU freshman starter Nick Lodolo scattered four singles and three walks over eight innings to improve to 5-1 on the season. Closer Durbin Feltman pitched a clean ninth with two strikeouts to earn his 10th save.
Luken Baker got the Frogs on the board in the first with a single through the left side that scored Skoug. Ryan Merrill’s sacrifice fly in the fourth gave TCU a 2-0 lead.
If he has turned the corner, it puts the Frogs back in position - especially once Janczak returns - to make a serious run towards the ultimate goal in Omaha.
“I know I can do it and go out there and compete with these guys and just put these guys in a position to win,” he said. “That’s what I’ve been trying to do all year. There’s been times where I haven’t really helped the hitters, but they’ve helped me. I’m trying to keep them in games and get wins.”
Lodolo (5-1, 4.39) held the Red Raiders (34-12, 9-7) to four hits and three walks and struck out four. He pounded the lower half of the strike zone with his fastball that sat in the low 90s and created 10 ground-ball outs, helping him work efficiently. He threw 106 pitches in eight innings.
CDC has earned our support with great decision after great decision. While many fans, myself included, are upset with this most recent one, I think we all know why it happened ($$$).
“I understand their angst,” he said Friday in an interview with the Star-Telegram. “But when we collectively make a decision — me, Coach Patterson, our university leadership — we’re talking about what is best for TCU, our program, moving forward.”