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TCU ace pushed back to Sunday with neck issue

TCU pitching ace Jared Janczak will have his start pushed back to Sunday's game against Oklahoma because of a neck issue.

The junior right-hander has been the Horned Frogs' Friday night starter but has struggled in his last three outings. He's allowed eight runs in his past 15 innings, including four in 4 1/3 of his last start, March 30 against Oklahoma State.

Left-hander Nick Lodolo (4-1, 4.41 ERA) will start Friday's series opener for TCU (14-11, 3-3 Big 12) against the No. 19 Sooners at Lupton Stadium. Right-hander Sean Wymer (1-1) will pitch Saturday and Janczak is scheduled to start Sunday.

Oklahoma (21-10, 6-0) will throw right-handers Jake Irvin, Devon Perez and Nathan Wiles.

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said Janczak will be reassessed after throwing a bullpen session on Friday.

Janczak is 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 41 innings this season. He's allowed 14 extra-base hits, including four homers and 10 doubles. That's as many extra-base hits as Janczak allowed in 93 1/3 innings in 2017. A year ago, he surrendered one home run.

"He’s a ground ball pitcher who right now isn’t getting any ground balls," Schlossnagle said.

Janczak's velocity, especially on his sinking fastball has been down a bit. The neck issue was bothering him in the fall but had dissipated before the the start of the season.

The Horned Frogs' walked 10 batters in Tuesday's 3-2 loss at Dallas Baptist. The last time they walked than many in a game was April 12 against San Diego State.

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