FORT WORTH, Texas — No. 6 Texas Baseball came out with a 5-4 win over No. 3 TCU in a back-and-forth game in the series opener on Friday night at Lupton Stadium. The Longhorns (37-11, 14-5) got a late go-ahead home from Mike Antico to secure the win.
Antico finished the game 2-for-4 with one RBI and three runs scored, while Zach Zubia went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Tanner Witt pitched two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts and picked up his third win of the season. Aaron Nixon came into the ninth inning with two runners on and nobody out and slammed the door for his seventh save of the season.
Texas jumped out to a 1-0 lead, with Antico starting the game with a double down the right field line and Zubia driving him in with an RBI triple to right-center field.
TCU tied the game up with an unearned run in the bottom of the first. A two-out error at third base give the Horned Frogs an opportunity and they cashed in with an RBI single.
The Longhorns retook the lead in the fourth inning on a two-out RBI double by Trey Faltine to drive in Silas Ardoin from second base.
But yet again, the Horned Frogs quickly tied the game back up after a leadoff triple and an RBI groundout to make the score 2-2.
The teams continued to go back-and-forth, as Texas took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Ardoin. He drove in Daly, who started the inning with an infield single to shortstop.
The Longhorns tacked on another run in the sixth to go up 4-2 on another RBI hit from Zubia to drive in Antico, who had worked a two-out walk.
TCU got a run back in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the Texas lead to 4-3 but Madden was able to get out of the inning with a great diving catch by Antico in center field.
The Horned Frogs tied the game back up, 4-4, in the bottom of the seventh but Tanner Witt came in to get the Horns out of the jam without any more damage done.
Antico put the Longhorns back in front, 5-4, in the eighth with a two-out solo homer to right-center field.
Texas will look to clinch a series win over TCU in Game 2 on Saturday at 2 p.m.