The Texas baseball team wasted a sterling performance by starter Kyle Johnston, who allowed just two hits in more than 6-0 innings, before the Longhorns fell to TCU, 4-3, completing a three-game sweep by the Frogs (photo courtesy of texassports.com).
By Steve Lansdale
FORT WORTH, Texas — The TCU Horned Frogs scored two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth to erase a 3-0 Texas lead, and then scored the game-winner in the 10th inning to win, 4-3, Sunday and complete a three-game sweep of the Longhorns.
Sunday’s loss dropped the Longhorns to 31-19 for the season, and to two games below .500 — at 9-11 — against Big 12 opponents. The No. 9 Frogs improved their season record to 35-11 overall and 15-6 in Big 12 games.
The Longhorns jumped out to a 1-0 run in the third inning when outfielder walked with the bases loaded.
Sophomore designated hitter Kody Clemens doubled the Longhorns’ lead in the sixth when he punctuated a 3-for-4 day at the plate with his fifth home run of the year. An inning later, the Longhorns stretched their lead to 3-0 when shortstop David Hamilton scored on a TCU throwing error.
Starter Kyle Johnston cruised through six innings, allowing just two hits, , but after a pair of one-out walks in the seventh, he was pulled in favor of sophomore Chase Shugart, who walked the first two hitters he faced to force in a run. One out later, he walked in another run, leading to his exit.
With the Longhorns nursing a 3-2 lead, Beau Ridgeway entered the game and closed out the seventh. But the Frogs tied the game, 3-3, in the eighth on an RBI double by Evan Skoug.
Left-hander Nick Kennedy threw a scoreless ninth inning before giving up an RBI double in the 10th inning that caused the first blemish on his season record, which now stands at 7-1.
UT has a week off before hosting Incarnate Word at 6:30 p.m. May 16 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.