TCU walks off Kansas State!

(Photo Courtesy of TCU Athletics)

Heading into the Big 12 Championship, The Big 12 has more than likely 3 confirmed regional seeds in Texas, TCU, and Texas Tech. Amongst those Texas is the only team that has truly solidified its place as a National Seed. Both Tech and TCU have an uphill climb to get them in the National Seed conversation. TCU stepped one step closer to a National Seed with a walk off win over Kansas State.

The Kansas State Wildcats (31-22) pounced early in the second game of the day with four runs in the top of the first. After a leadoff walk and stolen base by Cameron Thompson, Zach Kokoska was hit by a pitch. This was followed with an RBI single by Nick Goodwin to put Kansas State on the scoreboard. Team RBI leader, Dylan Phillips capped off the inning with a three-run homerun.

In the bottom half of the first, TCU’s Zach Humphreys and Brayden Taylor hit back-to-back one-out singles. With two runners on base, Hunter Wolfe connected on a 3-1 count with a double to right center clearing the bases.   
With TCU (37-16) down 6-3 in the sixth inning, Humphreys sent a triple down the right field line, driving in two runs and tying the game.   

In the eighth inning, both teams had a chance to break the 6-6 tie with runners in scoring position. TCU’s Garrett Wright and KSU’s Tyler Eckberg battled for the last out of their inning leaving the runners stranded.
Humphreys led the Horned Frogs at the plate, going 3-4 with three RBIs, including a triple, and one run scored. Wolfe was also strong going 2-4, with two RBIs and a double.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Phillip Sikes drove in Hunter Wolfe to walk it off for the Horned Frogs.

Wildcats starting lefty Jordan Wicks went through five and two-thirds innings against TCU, throwing nine strikeouts and giving up two walks. Wicks was responsible for six of the seven Horned Frogs runs. TCU Pitcher Drew Hill entered the game in relief for the starter Jacob Meador ,and pitched 4 innings only allowing 1 hit and 1 run. Garrett Wright was given the win for the Horned Frogs.

TCU will face Texas Tech on Thursday at 4 p.m. , as K-State takes on Baylor in an elimination game at 9 a.m.

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