TCU gets the 2-1 win over Baylor after 15 innings

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    It took a school record 15 innings, but TCU pulled out the 2-1 win over Baylor Saturday.

    With two outs in the bottom of the 15th, sophomore shortstop Keaton Jones got on base with a walk, bringing up the last batter in the order, junior catcher Kyle Bacak. Bacak said he got the pitch he was looking for and sent it into center field back to the warning track, allowing Jones to come around from first and score the winning run.

    The game-winning double from Bacak was also his first extra-base hit of the year.

    Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said his team had “every opportunity” during the game to give in.

    “I told our team that I had decided long before that game ended that, win or lose, this is as proud as I’ve been of our team all season,” Schlossnagle said. “And I’m just glad we get to say it after a win.”

    TCU (18-21, 6-8 Big 12) was first to score in the game, driving in a run in the third. Sophomore right fielder Jerrick Suiter started the offense with a single. Then Jones got on base with his first walk of the game. And Bacak got his first hit of the game, with a single. An out brought up freshman center fielder Boomer White with the bases loaded. Suiter scored on White’s fly out to left field.

    A single in the first inning extended White’s hitting streak to three games, but he was caught stealing second. He did have a string of eight stolen bases going into the game.

    Then in the sixth inning, Baylor (20-19, 8-5 Big 12) was able to bring around a run to tie the game. After getting on base with a single, Baylor’s Cal Towey stole second and worked with ground outs and a single to reach home.

    The game stayed tied at one a piece until the 15th.

    While Bacak might be touted as the hero of the game with his game-winning double, the pitchers for both teams preserved the tie throughout the game and into extra innings.

    TCU used five pitchers in the game. Starting lefty Brandon Finnegan went for 6.2 innings, giving up one run on seven hits in the no decision. He walked two batters and struck out seven. Finnegan has given up one earned run in his last three starts, across 15 innings.

    “I thought [Finnegan] did great,” Schlossnagle said. “Obviously I don’t know what that guy needs to do to get a win, but he’s pitched really, really well.”

    Senior righty Justin Scharf came in for one inning of relief, giving up two hits, but nothing else. He did not allow a run, strike anyone out or walk anyone. Travis Evans then came in during the eighth for 1.1 innings. He struck out two batters and did not give up any hits, runs or walks.

    Once the game went to extra innings, freshman left-hander Riley Ferrell came in to start the 10th. He gave up two hits and struck out two but did not allow any runs or give up any walks.

    Alex Young (5-4) came on in the 13th to finish the game and get the win. He struck out five batters, while allowing one hit.

    The TCU relievers pitched 8.1 scoreless innings during the game.

    Baylor went through two pitchers with starter Austin Stone going for 8.1 innings. He allowed one run on six hits and gave up one walk. He struck out three batters he faced.

    Josh Michalec (4-3) came in during the ninth inning and stayed in for the rest of the game. He eventually got the loss, but he gave up the winning run on three hits through 6.1 innings. The only walk he issued was the one to Jones. He struck out four batters he faced.

    The win brings TCU’s overall record to 18-21, with a 6-8 record in the Big 12 Conference. With the series tied at one game each, the rubber match is set for Sunday afternoon, with junior righty Andrew Mitchell starting for the Frogs. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.