In their first weekend series since the news about Purke's injury came down, it was that same short-handed pitching staff that came up huge in a series sweep against UNLV which has pushed the Frogs' current winning streek to 7 games.
It was Kyle Winkler's turn first on Thursday night, and he continued the brilliant season he's been having so far by outpitching UNLV ace Tanner Peters and eating up all nine innings in a complete-game win. He was helped out by a three-run eighth inning, highlighted by doubles off the bats of Taylor Featherston and Kyle Von Tungeln.
Friday night it was up & down former closer Erik Miller, who's 2-6 record coming in was an illustration of his struggles, who took the mound. With Purke out indefinitely, Miller is one of the main guys who is going to have to step up and he did this weekend- striking out 9 batters in 7 strong innings of work to earn his third win of the season. Senior Steven Maxwell started Saturday afternoon and struck out 6 in 5 innings of work.
Another impressive stat is the bullpen's collective line for the weekend: 6 IP, 4 hits and ZERO RUNS. That included the usual suspects like Trent Appleby and Stefan Crichton- but also Kyle Starratt, Teddy Nowell and Nick Frey. If some of the guys in that latter group can gain some confidence and be able to give Schlossnagle another reliable option out of the 'pen in the postseason, that would be absolutely huge.
No time to sit and admire that 7-game win streak, though, as the Frogs are back with a pair of chances for payback tonight and tomorrow night. First it's a chance to redeem themselves against at Dallas Baptist, who beat TCU 4-3 back on March 1 at Lupton. Then it's a rematch against OU in Fort Worth on Tuesday. The Sooners pounded the Frogs, 13-6, up in Norman on April 12.
I typed this post out on Sunday afternoon, so if the pitching duties have already been announced by the time this goes up (when I'll be nowhere near a computer), just bear with me. I'm gonna guess that freshman Andrew Mitchell and his sterling 1.07 ERA will start one of the games- most likely against OU on Tuesday. As for the other, I would think it'd be a by-comittee type of thing, with Nick Frey and Kyle Starratt the most likely guys to start at DBU tonight.