FORT WORTH — No. 3 TCU evened the series with No. 6 Texas, picking up a thrilling 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium. The pitching trio of Austin Krob, Marcelo Perez and Haylen Green were outstanding in holding the Longhorns to just one run. Porter Brown drove in both TCU runs in the second.
The Longhorns saw a golden opportunity to open the scoring go by the wayside in the second after they had runners on the corners with nobody out. Cam Williams was erased at home for the first out of the inning and Krob retired the next two, stranding a pair of runners.
TCU used the momentum to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the frame. Elijah Nunez got the rally started with a two-out hit. Tommy Sacco singled and stole second to put two in scoring position. Porter Brown delivered a single up the middle to drive in both runners.
The first two Longhorns in the fourth reached. An errant throw to third on a fly ball out allowed the lone Texas run to score, but that was all it would get as Krob got two ground outs to end the frame.
Krob gave way to Marcelo Perez in the sixth with two in scoring position and two out. The right-hander fanned Trey Faltine on three straight pitches to strand the runners.
Haylen Green took over in the eighth with the tying run on second and retired the final two in the inning. He pitched around a pair of base runners in the ninth, striking out Zach Zubia looking to end the game, earning him his ninth save of the season.
Krob improved to 7-0 on the year after allowing just one run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out three. Marcelo Perez fanned two and allowed just one hit in 1 2/3 innings.
Stat of the Game:
3 – The TCU defense record a trio of outs on the bases to aid in the victory.
- TCU improved to 26-3 when scoring first.
- TCU is now 4-4 in one-run ballgames.
- TCU improved to 18-4 at home this season.
- TCU was outhit for just the 15thtime this season.
- TCU held an opponent to one or fewer runs for the 11thtime this season.
- Zach Humphreys has reached safely in 17 straight.
- Humphreys stretched his hitting streak to 10 games.
- Porter Brown picked up his eighth multi-hit game of the year and the 14thof his career.
- Brown posted his sixth multi-RBI game of the season and the eighth of his career.
- Phillip Sikes tallied his fourth outfield assist in the first inning.
With the win, the Horned Frogs improves to 34-11 on the season and 16-4 in Big 12 play. The rubber match of the series is set for Sunday afternoon at 1. Johnny Ray will get the start for the Frogs. The game will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.