TCU has two more All-Americans, and pitcher Jared Janczak and Evan Skoug received the much deserved honor Thursday. Skoug, a junior who is expected to be a high pick in the upcoming MLB Draft, was given a second team nod, while sophomore Jared Janczak received a third team honor despite starting just 11 games in an injury interrupted season.
Skoug hit .272 on the season, recovering from a very slow start to finish the regular season on an unbelievable hot streak. He led the Frogs in home runs with 16 and RBI with 55, while walking 35 times and slugging .518. His power streak coincided with the season-ending injury to Luken Baker, as he went deep 10 times across 18 games, hit .354 in conference play, and reached safely in 30 straight. All while starting 58-58 games, primarily at catcher. Though he struggled in the Big 12 tournament (2-19 with eight strikeouts in five games), Skoug has always been at his best in the biggest of moments, and the Frogs will ride their number three hitter as far as he can take them.
Jared Janczak became TCU’s ace in 2017, going 8-0 in 11 starts before missing nearly a month due to shoulder soreness. JJ pitched two near no-hitters, taking one into the eighth inning and one into the ninth, on his way to a 1.99 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 68 innings. Since returning to the starting lineup, Janczak has gone 8.0 innings of three hit ball, not allowing a run while striking out 12 and walking just one. Opposing hitters batted just .155 against him, and he allowed just four extra base hits all season. He allowed 15 earned runs and walked just 17 on his way to one of the best season’s by a TCU starting pitcher - a title he could have sewn up without the injury - but could still vault up the list with another exceptional postseason run.
These are likely just the first of many awards for the Frogs’ outstanding battery, who will be key cogs in TCU’s desire to return to Omaha for a fourth straight season. The Frogs will need their best hitter and best pitcher to be at their very best to do just that - and there’s no reason to expect that won’t be the case. Congratulations to Jared and Evan!