Monday, February 21, 2011

KU series recap

When you bring back your entire weekend rotation and a majority of your batting order from a team that reached the College World Series, expectations are going to be high. That's why there are probably a few TCU fans out there that are disappointed that the Frogs didn't pull of a sweep of Kansas in the season-opening series at Lupton Stadium.

But you've gotta be impressed with the way things went Friday night and Saturday afternoon, when the Frogs breezed by the Jayhawks. And even on Sunday, when nothing seemed to be going right for TCU, they still had a chance to steal a victory in the bottom of the 14th. Kansas isn't going to be contending for the national championship and heck, they might not even make the tournament. But trust me, they'll hang an L on a few of the top teas in the Big 12 this year.

It's tough to pick an offensive MVP for the weekend, since a number of Frogs had very productive weekends at the plate. If I had to pick one, though, I'd go with Aaron Schultz. The hero of Game 3 of the Super Regional in Austin last year went 5-for-11 over the course of the three games with the Jayhawks, with two doubles and a triple mixed in. He also worked two walks, took a hit-by-pitch to reach base once and was 3-for-3 stealing bases as he came around to score 3 runs.

The pitching MVP for the weekend was not as tough a choice, even though there were also multiple hurlers that impressed in this series. Kyle Winkler, though, had one of the best performances of his career on Saturday. He gave up just one hit in 7 innings of work, striking out 8 while walking none. He also had the go-ahead RBI when he bunted home a run in the 5th inning after the Frogs lost the DH due to Jimmie Pharr (the original DH) subbing in at catcher for Josh Elander, who was hurt diving for a foul ball earlier in the inning.

In the stands, it was a record-shattering weekend. Friday night's attendance of 6,099 was easily the largest in school history, and Saturday (4,401) and Sunday (4,393) are #'s 2 and 3 in Lupton Stadium history. The weekend total of 14,893 is far and away the largest 3-game gate in school history. As impressive as these records are, they might be short-lived with Cal State-Fullerton coming to town this coming weekend.

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