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TCU Baseball Walks off Texas 11-10 in Extras

The Frogs used a little Lupton magic tonight to get a much needed opening win in their three-game series against Texas.

Somewhere in the middle of that madness is tonight’s hero, Connor Wanhanen.
Melissa Triebwasser

The Frogs came out hot tonight. After Texas put one on the board in the top of the first, TCU opened up the bottom of the inning with a lead-off double by Wade. Wanhanen put two on when he was hit by a pitch and after a strikeout by Baker, Skoug walked and Warner singled to score two and put TCU up 2-1 in the first.

Merrill worked a one out walk in the second, followed by another double from Wade. Wanhanen struck out in the next at bat, but a double from Baker scored two and a two-run homer from Skoug made it 6-1 TCU. The game looked like it should have been over at that point, but the Frogs’ pitching staff once again could not hold down their opponent.

Lodolo lasted four innings before getting pulled after giving up back-to-back singles to start the fifth. Charles King came in to relieve Lodolo and struck out the first batter he faced, but then proceeded to record a passed ball, a walk and a single to allow two runs. King held the Longhorns scoreless in the sixth, but ran into trouble again in the seventh.

King gave up four singles and a threw a wild pitch to give up two runs before Haylen Green took the mound. Green gave up a walk on four pitches and was immediately pulled for Sean Wymer, who then surrendered a two-run single to allow Texas to cut the deficit to one at 8-9. I’ll give it to Wymer because he came in to a difficult situation and after his early mistake he did his job and held Texas scoreless in the eighth.

Texas tied things up in the ninth to take the game to extras. Feltman came on to relieve Wymer in the ninth and blew the save allowing a single and a passed ball to put Zane Gurwitz on second. A groundout allowed Gurwitz to get to third with one out and an RBI sac fly tied it up at 9-9.

Feltman gave up another single and a walk to start the tenth and then Texas loaded the bases with two outs on a catcher’s interference call. Gurwitz singled again to score one and make it 10-9, but an big league throw from Josh Watson in left cut down the runner from second at home for the final out of the inning.

Saving that run would turn out to be huge after Evan Skoug homered for the second time in the game in the bottom of the tenth to tie it back up at 10-10. Cal Coughlin went three up three down in the top of the eleventh and TCU came back to earn the walk off win in the bottom of the frame.

The Frogs loaded the bases with no outs on two walks by Barzilli and Merrill and a single from Austin Wade. Connor Wanhanen, 0-4 on the night at this point put one in the air on an 0-2 count to give TCU the 11-10 victory. The win puts TCU two games up in the Big 12 as Texas Tech and West Virginia’s first game was postponed until tomorrow due to weather. The Frogs will go after the win tomorrow at 12:00pm CT.