Dallas Baptist spoils Jared Janczak’s return for TCU

TCU vs Dallas Baptist University baseball in Dallas, Texas on April 9, 2019. (Photo/Sharon Ellman)
TCU vs Dallas Baptist University baseball in Dallas, Texas on April 9, 2019. (Photo/Sharon Ellman) Courtesy of TCU Athletics

TCU senior right-hander Jared Janczak took another significant step Tuesday night, returning to game action for the first time in almost a month.

Janczak was on a limited pitch count, lasting two innings in the Frogs’ 11-6 loss at Dallas Baptist. TCU (20-11) lost for just the second time in April (3-2 this month). Dallas Baptist (23-9) has now won two straight.

But the story of the night was Janczak getting back on the mound.

Janczak allowed two runs on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts over a 45-pitch, two-inning performance. It marked his first start since March 12 as TCU decided to shut him down for a couple weeks to let him get healthier.

Janczak underwent surgery to repair Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, as well as shoulder surgery last offseason. He never looked right in his first four starts, going 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA.

This is a guy who posted a 2.56 ERA and limited opponent’s batting average to .218 over 218 innings in his first three seasons with the Frogs.

Janczak opened the night with a 1-2-3 first inning before running into trouble in the second. He issued a four-pitch leadoff walk to Bryce Ball, who advanced to second on a balk.

Janczak struck out the next batter, but gave up one-out single to Augie Isaacson to put runners at the corners. Janczak retired the next batter for the second out, but couldn’t escape unscathed.

Isaacson stole second, and then a wild pitch by Janczak scored Ball and put Isaacson on third. Isaacson scored on an infield single by Andres Sosa before Janczak got out of the inning.

Janczak threw 45 pitches, 25 strikes.

Outside of Janczak’s return, the game would be characterized by Frogs coach Jim Schlossnagle as “speed bump baseball.”

The game never got into a rhythm. It took two hours to get through the first four innings, as it was tied 3-3 going to the fifth.

TCU’s Conner Shepherd broke the tie with a solo home run in the fifth, but DBU responded with three runs in the bottom half, including two on a wild pitch, for a 6-4 lead.

TCU tied it with two runs in the sixth on back-to-back home runs by Josh Watson and Jake Guenther, but DBU pulled away with four runs in the bottom half.

The Frogs walked in a run, and then couldn’t haul in a routine fly ball that led to three unearned runs by the Patriots.

TCU had a chance to close the gap in the seventh with the bases loaded and one out, but couldn’t capitalize. Instead, DBU cushioned its lead with a solo homer by Herbert Iser in the bottom half.

Of the 11 runs DBU scored, seven were earned. It’s the most runs TCU’s pitching staff has given up since Texas’ 13-1 victory on March 23.

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