FORT WORTH – TCU handed Kansas another walk-off loss on Saturday at Lupton Stadium, but this one came with a few more fireworks as the Jayhawks held a 4-2 lead in the ninth. Andrew Keefer’s double tied the game and Alex Isola’s 3-run blast to left gave TCU the 7-4 victory and the series win.
Jake Guenther opened the ninth with a lead-off double. Austin Henry worked a five-pitch walk to put the tying runs on base. Andrew Keefer delivered the game-tying, two-run.
With two on, Alex Isola delivered on a 3-2 pitch, sending it off the roof of the G. Malcolm Louden Player Development Center for a walk-off 3-run home run, TCU’s second walk-off in as many days.
Kansas opened the scoring in the in the fourth. A lead-off single came around to score on a two-out double from Nolan Metcalf.
TCU answered in the bottom of the frame, taking a 2-1 lead. Guenther and Henry reached on back-to-back one-out singles. After a double steal, Guenther scored on an error to tie the game. Keefer’s sacrifice fly gave the Frogs the lead.
The Jayhawks tied the game in the fifth. Another lead-off single turned into the tying run on a Casey Burnham sacrifice fly.
Kansas opened up the 4-2 advantage in the eighth. Rudy Karre doubled and scored after a dropped third strike got away far enough to allow him to score from second. A fielder’s choice two batters later gave Kansas the two-run lead.
Charles King started for the Frogs. He allowed four runs, two earned, on seven hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out four over 7 1/3 innings. Cal Coughlin (2-0) picked up the win in relief, allowing a hit and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings.
With the victory, TCU improves to 28-20 overall and 10-10 in Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs will go for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon at 1. The game is slated to be televised on FSSW. Brandon Williamson will get the start for the Horned Frogs.