When it comes to game ones, Jared Janczak is typically the man you will see on the mound for the Horned Frogs. TCU’s ace went down unexpectedly this week with shoulder soreness, but that didn’t stop freshman pitcher Nick Lodolo and the Frogs from opening up an 8-0 lead Friday night at Lupton Stadium en route to a 9-4 victory over the Baylor Bears.
Lodolo, routinely the No. 2 man in TCU’s rotation, went six innings with five strikeouts, only allowing one earned run as the Horned Frogs made quick work of their in-state rival in the series opener. After striking twice in the first inning on a walked-in run and sac-fly, Luken Baker broke the game wide open for TCU with a bases-clearing single in the fourth, part of a 5-run inning for the Frogs that made it an 8-0 game. http://www.scout.com/college/tcu/story/1772617-down-an-arm
Five innings later, after a late Baylor rally and a brief downpour in the eighth inning, it was TCU reliever Cal Coughlin who struck out Aaron Dodson to complete a four-out save and give the Frogs a five-run victory in the series opener.
“It was a big night for all of us,” TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “Emotionally, when you lose a guy like Janczak, everybody feels it. I thought one of the biggest plays in the game may have been that double play ball in the first inning.”
“Once he got that ground ball he really caught a rhythm, made his pitches, used the ballpark, and of course he had a chance to pitch with the lead,” Schlossnagle said. “It allowed him to become more aggressive, so hopefully he’ll learn from that and be ready to go again next week."
And getting out of dicey situations may have been just the theme for TCU, as Baylor stranded 12 runners on 13 hits. Lodolo said Friday’s outing was all about setting the right pace.
“I know I hadn’t been pitching my best so I just came out attacking. It was good to play the “strike game” and get ahead of hitters tonight,”
Minutes after the critical double play ball, the Frogs responded with a lead-off double by Austen Wade to spark a two-run inning for the early lead, the beginning of a 3-3 night for the outfielder that saw him drive in one RBI on a sac-fly.
“He’s been the most consistent offensive player on our team and you know he’s going to have a good
The first inning was just the beginning of a 12 hit night for the Frogs. After extending the lead to 3-0 in the second with Wades’ sac-fly, the Frogs erupted for five runs in the fourth inning, prompted by back-to-back singles from Cam Warner and Nolan Brown to begin the bottom half of the frame.
An Elliott Barzilli single gave TCU a 4-0 lead two batters later before Wade and Conner Wanhanen drew walks to load the bases. That set the stage for Luken Baker to clear the bases on a single to left field, aided by an error from left fielder Tucker Johnson that let Baker scoot into second. Evan Skoug made it an 8-0 game with a
The explosive fifth inning chased Baylor starter Nick Lewis, who fell to 4-4 on the season after allowing eight earned runs
The Bears finally got on the board in the sixth courtesy of a Dodson single and scored three more off the TCU bullpen in a
The Frogs added some insurance though when Michael Landestoy connected for a pinch-hit single off Baylor reliever Drew Robertson in the bottom half of the frame, scoring Wade to put TCU back up by five. When the ninth inning rolled around, Coughlin had no issue retiring the side to record the save and the win.
TCU improved to 29-7 with the win as