Baseball falls to Abilene Christian in 11 innings, 4-2

Courtesy of gofrogs

Courtesy of gofrogs

By Ben Auten

A nightmarish top of the 11th inning for closer Durbin Feltman gave Abilene Christian the two runs that ended up being the difference.

Jared Janczak got the start for TCU Tuesday night but ended up pitching just the first inning. Janczak struggled with command and ACU scored the game’s opening run on an RBI groundout in the inning. It was Janczak’s first game back from a shoulder and hip problem that kept him out of the weekend rotation for the past two weeks.

Ryan Knowles got the start for the Wildcats, his first for the season, and quieted the Horned Frogs’ bats for his three innings of work.

In the fifth inning, ACU doubled its lead with an RBI double from Dalton Dunn but, TCU responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning on a Luken Baker bases-loaded walk and an AJ Balta sac fly.

The Frogs had numerous opportunities to take their first lead of the game in the later innings but failed to do so, leaving 13 runners on base and going just 2-13 with runners in scoring position, a problem that has plagued the Horned Frogs all season.

That sent the game to extra innings, where TCU’s Durbin Feltman and ACU’s Garrett Hutson kept the score tied at 2 after the 10th. Feltman went back out for the 11th, his third inning of work, and the wheels came off for the Horned Frogs closer.

A couple of walks, a hit batter, and an error led to a pair of Abilene Christian runs scored without the benefit of the hit.

Hutson finished off TCU in the bottom of the 11th, working around a leadoff single by Coby Boulware, who was the lone bright spot for TCU, going 3-4 out of the 9-hole for Coach Jim Schlossnagle’s club.

With the loss, the Frogs fall to 1-3 in extra-inning games this season, and Josh Watson’s 10-game hitting streak comes to an end.

Up Next:

TCU makes the short trip up Interstate 30 to take on UT Arlington (19-17) Wednesday, Apr. 18 at 6:30 p.m.