Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Winning streak halted at 9

I'm not a big fan of losing, so I was hoping that the baseball team would turn my Monday night basketball frown upside down by exacting a bit of revenge on Texas State and earning their tenth consecutive win last night in San Marcos. It wasn't to be, though, as they dropped to 11-7 on the season with an 8-4 loss to the Bobcats. No shame in losing this mid-weeker on the road to a team that Jim Schlossnagle called "great" in the pregame interview and mentioned as a possible participant in Omaha this June. Yes, there were the five errors and twelve runners stranded and a less than stellar starting pitching effort by Trey Teakell, but let's focus on a few of the positives from last night's game:

-Maybe it was the inaccuracy of the Texas State pitchers, but I'd like to think that the ten walks drawn by Horned Frog batters were a sign of patience at the plate. Eight different TCU batters earned a free pass last night, with Brance Rivera and Davy Wright each earning two.

-Kyle Von Tungeln (2-5 with a triple) and Josh Elander (1-4 with a 2-run double) continued their hot streaks at the plate. Von Tungeln is now batting .369 on the year, and Elander has his average at .354 currently.

-True freshman Derek O'Dell, who came into the game batting .194, ripped a two-out, RBI triple to the gap in right center as part of the four-run rally in the 5th inning. Sometimes a big hit like that can inspire confidence in a young hitter.

-Fellow true freshman Jerrick Suiter, who has impressed at the plate so far with a .325 average and 7 RBI, struck out two batters as part of his perfect inning and a third of relief work on the mound.

-It sounded as if there were a good number of folks cheering for TCU amongst the 1,916 at the game last night. Good work by any Austin or San Antonio area Frog fans that made the trip to San Marcos.

-The Frogs are still unbeaten in conference play, and will have an opportunity to start another winning streak when they visit New Mexico for a three game weekend series at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque starting on Friday. Freshman first baseman Kevin Cron ought to be back in the lineup for TCU, and junior third baseman Jantzen Witte may be available to pinch-hit or even fill the DH slot.