Caleb Kilian was killin’ em Saturday night, as the Red Raiders’ starter befuddled TCU hitters on his way to a one hit performance, striking out nine and walking just two across six innings of work. The Frogs never got the offense going behind Charles King, losing the momentum from Friday as they went down in order in five of the nine innings played.
King got in trouble in the third, allowing consecutive singles by Fulfort and Holt to start the inning, and three more straight hits - including a double - with one out. In all, the Red Raiders struck for four runs in the frame, more than enough support for Kilian and co. King held Texas Tech scoreless for the rest of his time on the mound, though he allowed ten hits in his 4.2 frames of work. He walked two and struck out just one.
Caleb Sloan relieved King and went 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out two as well. Trey Morris finished things off with 2.0 innings of two hit ball. The Red Raiders had 14 hits on the night, and it was a victory in itself that TCU held Tech to just six runs, as they stranded nine on the night. The Frogs struck out 13 times and walked just four, and were without a steal. Conner Shepherd was the only Frog to reach base twice, as he had the only hit of the game for TCU and walked once as well. He also had a highlight play defensively, snagging a hot shot at third in the ninth and converting it into a double play with a laser throw.
The rubber match is set for Sunday at 1:00pm, with Haylen Green expected to get his first start of the season. He will face off against John McMillon, the former Red Raider closer who is 4-2 with a 3.54 ERA, 58 strikeouts and 30 walks in 48.1 innings of work in 2018.