TCU baseball rallies, beats Baylor 5-4

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    It was a beat throw to first base that allowed TCU to win the game and win the series over Baylor as TCU won Sunday 5-4.

    TCU second baseman Paul Hendrix gave the Frogs the go-ahead run after barely beating a throw to first base in the seventh inning on what Baylor wanted to be a double play ball.

    The call allowed Kyle Bacak to score from third, giving Hendrix the RBI fielder's choice and providing TCU with its third straight Big 12 Conference series win.

    Hendrix's RBI topped what was a three-run comeback for the Frogs, which according to head coach Jim Schlossnagle, was possible because of TCU's attitude change. 

    “If you could have felt what it was like to be in our dugout down 4-1 today versus what it felt like a month ago,” Schlossnagle said. “There was no panic."

    The Horned Frogs scored the first run of the game in the second inning, moving players around the bases in a way Schlossnagle called “classic baseball.” Jantzen Witte lead the inning with a single, then advanced to third on a steal and groundout. Kevin Cron drove him in with a groundout.

    TCU's lead, however, only lasted until the third inning, when Baylor brought around four runs.

    After a single and a walk to the batters before him, Baylor right fielder Nathan Orf hit a deep double to bring in two runs. Third baseman Cal Towey followed with a two-run homer to give the Bears a 4-1 advantage.

    TCU responded in the bottom half of the fourth with three runs of its own to tie the game at 4. 

    A walk, followed by back-to-back doubles from Witte and Odell allowed two runs to score. After a strikeout left Odell still standing on second base, right fielder Jerrick Suiter hit a single to bring in the tying run.

    Witte’s hit extended his hitting streak to six games. His two hits in the game gave him a team-leading 11 multi-hit games this year.

    Odell’s RBI double, which scored two, gave him a team-leading nine multiple RBI games this season.

    The game eventually led up to Hendrix's RBI fielder's choice, as TCU eventually went on to win 5-4.

    TCU (19-21, 7-8 Big 12) and Baylor (20-20, 8-6 Big 12) used two pitchers throughout the game. 

    TCU Andrew Mitchell stayed on the mound through six innings, allowing four runs on four hits. He issued three walks and struck out seven batters.

    Sophomore Trey Teakell took over for the Horned Frogs in the seventh inning, allowing no runs, no walks and two hits, while striking out two.

    Teakell was given the win after three innings of work. In his work this season, a total of 16.2 innings pitched as a reliever, Teakell has not allowed an earned run.

    Ryan Smith started the game for Baylor and stayed in for 6.1 innings, earning the loss. He allowed nine hits, walked one and struck out four during his time.

    Sunday's loss gave Baylor its first Big 12 series loss this season.

    Up next for the Frogs, the team will get a break. This will be the first time this season that the Frogs will not have a midweek game.

    Although the players normally like to keep playing when they are doing well, Schlossnagle said it might be a good thing to have the break.

    “The fact that we’re getting ready to go on the road for three weeks, and we’re playing on the road prior to exams. I mean, academically, I just think our team needs a breather,” Schlossnagle said. “We’ll practice, [and] we’ll have some competitive inter-squad games or something if we need to, but I honestly think a little bit of a break is going to do us good.”

    The win brings TCU’s record to 19-21 overall and 7-8 in Big 12 play. The team takes to the road next, starting Friday against Kansas State.