Monday, March 5, 2012

TCU-Oklahoma State recap

As Meat Loaf once said, "2 out of 3 ain't bad". But really, after a 2-5 start to the season, winning this weekend's series against future conference rival Oklahoma State was quite a bit more than just "not bad". With such a young team still learning how to win, the first series victory of the year is definitely a step in the right direction. Here are a few of my thoughts from the weekend:

-Aside from the forgettable starting performances by Andrew Mitchell on Friday and Trey Teakell on Sunday, the TCU pitching staff was really impressive this weekend. Stefan Crichton was absolutely brilliant on Saturday afternoon, allowing just 4 total base runners in 8 shutout innings. The Horned Frog bullpen combined to allow just 1 run in 14.1 innings pitched all weekend (a 0.63 ERA), while allowing the Cowboys to hit just .204 on them. Junior transfers Kevin Allen and Justin Scharf appear to be great compliments to Kaleb Merck at the back end of the 'pen, while freshman Preston Morrison and sophomore Nick Frey have shown they are capable of eating up the middle innings of ballgames.

-One of the underrated parts of learning to win is taking advantage of the gifts that the baseball gods send your way. It's hard to describe how the Frogs forced extra innings on Sunday without using the word "luck". Down 5-4 with two outs in the bottom of the 9th and Davy Wright standing on second base, Jason Coats hit an infield pop-up that appeared to be a game-ender. But inexplicably, OSU catcher Jared Womack dropped the ball, and Wright was able to score as he'd been running on the play. It's nice to get a break like that, but the Frogs made it count when Wright's two-out double in the 10th scored Jerrick Suiter (seen above) as the winning run, after the true freshman had reached on a full-count single.

-Despite the series win, the offensive production still has not yet turned around. The Frogs batted 21 for 92 (.228) as a team this weekend, dropping their season average 4 points to .240. They did get some solid performances, though, from Josh Elander (5 for 10), Jerrick Suiter (5 for 10) and Kyle Von Tungeln (3 for 9).

-We saw Brance Rivera make a cameo appearance on Saturday, putting down a sacrafice bunt in one pinch-hit at bat that drew an ovation from the appreciative Lupton crowd. But we didn't see any of the other injured Frogs, and Von Tungeln joined their ranks when he left Sunday's game early after being hit on the head by an errant pick-off attempt in the 1st inning. No word on when he or any of the others will return, but so far the injury bug that bit this team so hard last year has made a smooth transition into 2012.

-Friday night's crowd of 5,205 was the 5th-largest to see a Frogs' game at Lupton Stadium, and the three-day turnstile count of 13,877 was the 3rd-largest series total in Lupton history. TCU continues to shatter school baseball attendance records year after year, and look for that to continue this year and into next year with the move to the Big 12.

-David Peterson of HornedFrogSports.com knows this team (and baseball in general) much better than I do. You should read his thoughts from the week that was for TCU baseball.

5 comments:

VikingFrog said...

Went to the game Saturday. Was fun. We won.

Tailgating scene at Lupton seems to have gotten better. We used to get yelled at for drinking beers, if I remember correctly.

SnK said...

I thought Meat Loaf said he would do anything for love, but I won't do that. I'm not familiar with this other quote you speak of...

Lyle Lanley said...

Believe it or not, he made more than one song

Cro-magnon Frog said...

I don't believe it

NurseFrog31 said...

Your friendly neighborhood Nurse was in attendance for Sunday's game (in my Morning Dump shirt!). If you weren't you missed out on some kickass weather and some pretty good baseball. Also, did no one find that dropped pop fly as funny as I did? Because I thought it was hysterical.... But maybe that's because the idiot Pokes fans in front of us suddenly shut the hell up at that moment. Hmm.