No. 1 TCU Downs Kansas, 7-1
Feb. 19, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas –
Despite five strong innings on the mound by senior Wally Marciel, No. 1 TCU scored six times in its final four at bats to score a 7-1 triumph over Kansas Saturday at Lupton Stadium.
The Horned Frogs improve to 2-0, while the Jayhawks drop to 0-2 on the season.
TCU starting pitcher Kyle Winkler and reliever Erik Miller held the Kansas offense to one run on one hit in the game. The Jayhawks’ lone hit produced a run and tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning.
After second baseman Jordan Dreiling reached second base on an error and stole third, senior Brandon Macias drove in his first run of the season with a bounding ball up the middle.
However, TCU answered with two runs in the fifth to chase Marciel. After Aaron Schultz and Jantzen Witte led off the inning with back-to-back hits, pitcher Erik Miller broke the tie with squeeze down the first base line. After an out, Jerome Pena stretched the lead to 3-1 with an RBI single through the left side of the infield.
Marciel looked good in his first start of the season. The senior lefty tossed five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
The Horned Frogs did most of their damage against the KU bullpen, scoring two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings.
The Jayhawks will look to salvage the final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m.