Kentucky scores 2 in 8th to beat TCU 13-11

Florida 3-2 win over TCU

By Brandie Davidson

LEXINGTON, Ky. — In a see-saw affair, it was Kentucky that struck the final blow, handing TCU a 13-11 loss in the series opener Friday night at Kentucky Proud Park. The game featured three lead changes before Kentucky scored twice in the eighth to break an 11-11 tie.

TCU opened the scoring with a trio of two-out runs in the first. Elijah Nunez opened the game with an infield single. With two outs, David Bishop lined a single up the middle to put the Frogs on top. Gray Rodgers followed with a double and scored on two wild pitches for a 3-0 lead.

Kentucky responded with a five spot in the bottom of the frame and added two more two out runs in the second to extend its lead to four, 7-3.

The Frogs battled back to regain the lead, scoring five times on three hits in the fifth. Nunez and Luke Boyers singled to open the inning and Brayden Taylor walked to load the bases. Bishop delivered a two-run single to make it a 7-5 game. A wild pitch and an error had the game tied at seven. Bobby Goodloe’s ground out to second put the Frogs in front 8-7.

Kentucky again had an answer, scoring four times in the fifth to regain the lead, 11-8.

TCU responded, tying the game at 11 in the next half inning. Nunez doubled to open the inning and scored on a Taylor base hit. With the bases-loaded and nobody, back-to-back groundouts from Rodgers and Tommy Sacco tied the game.

The Frogs wiggled off the hook in the seventh as Kentucky loaded the bases with one out. Marcelo Perez (1-1) got out of the jam, but couldn’t escape the jam in the eighth. Kentucky scored twice on three hits to take a 13-11 lead. A lead-off singled turned into the go-ahead run and a two-out single provided the insurance run.

Stat of the Game:                                                                                                 

4 – Elijah Nunez had a career-high four hits in the contest.

 

Notes:

  • TCU scored a first inning run for the seventh time this season.
  • TCU registered double-digit hits for the third time this season.
  • TCU scored double-digit runs for the second time this season.
  • TCU played errorless baseball for the sixth time this season.
  • The TCU pitching staff registered double-digit strikeouts (11) for the seventh time this season.
  • Elijah Nunez recorded his third multi-hit game of the season and the 13thof his career.
  • Luke Boyers notched his third multi-hit game of the year and the 14thof his career.
  • Brayden Taylor has reached safely in 18 straight games dating back to last season.
  • David Bishop has reached safely in all nine games.
  • Bishop tallied his fourth multi-hit game of the year and his fifth multi-RBI game of the season.
  • Gray Rodgers has now reached base safely in his last 20 games played.
  • Rodgers posted his second multi-RBI game of the season and the 16thof his career.
  • Tommy Sacco has reached safely in all eight games this season.

Next Up:

With the loss, TCU falls to 7-2 on the season. The Horned Frogs will look to even the series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for Noon (CT). The game will be televised on SEC Network+.