TCU Takes Series Finale, Wins 5-2
April 28, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. -A solid pitching performance from five TCU pitchers and a pair of multi-run innings helped TCU salvage the final game of the series at Kansas State with a 5-2 win. Jantzen Witte went 3-for-3 and reach base all five times for the Horned Frogs.
Andrew Mitchell was solid in 4 1/3 innings of work. He allowed a run on four hits, walked two and struck out four in the no-decision. Justin Scharf (1-2) was touched for a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings. He earned the win in relief.
A Kyle Bacak base hit in the third got the Frogs off and running. Keaton Jones executed a perfect hit-and-run to put runners on the corners. Cody Jones bounced a single through the right side to give the Frogs their first lead of the day. A walk to Boomer White loaded the bases, prompting the Wildcats to go to the bullpen. Paul Hendrix grounded out to make it 2-0 and Jantzen Witte legged out an infield single to drive in the third run of the inning.
Kansas State's first real threat of the game came in the fifth inning. Jon Davis led off the inning with a double. A walk and a bloop single later the bases were loaded with nobody out. Mitch Meyer hit a sacrifice fly to center field to cut the TCU lead to two, 3-1. The Frogs went to the bullpen and brought on Justin Scharf. The submariner did his job as he got an inning-ending double play on the first pitch he threw to keep the Frog lead intact.
The Frogs wasted no time getting the run back and extending their lead in the sixth. Kevin Cron drew a four-pitch lead-off walk. A wild pitch and a passed ball had him standing on third with nobody out. Brett Johnson lined a triple into the right center gap to give TCU back its three-run cushion. Bacak made it a four-run game with a sacrifice fly to left.
A lead-off single by Tanner Witt in the sixth helped Kansas State cut the lead back to three runs. TCU got the lead runner for each of the first two outs but a double off the bat of Austin Fisher allowed Jared King to score from first to make it a 5-2 contest. Travis Evans came on to face the tying run and struck him out on three pitches to end the inning.
TCU improves to 20-23 overall and 8-10 in league play with the victory. The Horned Frogs return home briefly for a midweek contest against Texas Southern Tuesday night. First pitch is set for 6:30 at Lupton Stadium.