Drawing a lot of the attention from last night's game is the fact that TCU tied an NCAA record by hitting ten Baylor batters. Starter Brandon Finnegan didn't allow a hit in his four innings of work, and only surrendered one base on balls. But he hit six Bear batters! Nick Frey then hit two and Justin Scharf and Kevin Allen each plunked one apiece. This would be no laughing matter if the Frogs hadn't come back to win...largely because of the wildness of the Baylor pitchers. In the decisive, 6-run bottom of the 8th inning, Baylor walked four TCU batters and hit another two. A possibly shameful place in history beats losing any day, right?
The hit by pitcher mark wasn't the only record set at Lupton last night, though. Jason Coats wrapped a one-out double around the third base bag in the bottom of the 1st inning, giving him 60 total doubles in his TCU career. That breaks the school record, previously held by former All-American Royce Huffman. That was part of a 3-for-5 night for Coats, who had the two runs batted in to give the Frogs the lead for good in the 8th. Freshman Jerrick Suiter mimicked the senior with his own 3-for-5, 2 RBI night.
Even though the team's 5-6 record probably isn't as sterling as you'd like it to be right now, you've got to admire the way this team has fought through the early-season adversity against such a tough opening schedule. That adversity built upon itself last night, as the insatiable injury bug struck again. A few days after Kyle Von Tungeln became the latest Frog to be put on the shelf temporarily, catcher Josh Elander took a foul ball off his wrist in the top of the 1st inning. He stayed in to finish the side defensively, but did not make his at-bat in the bottom of the inning and was replaced by freshman Braden Mattson (who also had 2 RBI) for the rest of the game. No word on the extent of his injury yet, or the his (or any of the injured Frogs') availability for this weekend's home series against Tech.