This team is no stranger to weird games, and yesterday's 28-12 win over Dayton to keep their season alive certainly qualifies as yet another oddity. When Dayton pushed four runs across in the bottom of the 5th to take a 9-6 lead, it looked as though the Frogs might've been headed to an 0-2 finish in this year's NCAA Tournament.
But then...holy hell. Seven runs in the 6th inning, six in the 7th and nine more in the 9th gave TCU their highest single-game scoring total in nine years and the right to play another day.
If you've been closely following this team's offensive modesty all year, yesterday's box score will probably read for you how "50 Shades of Grey" reads to your wife. Eight different Frogs had mult-hit performances, led by freshman Jerrick Suiter's 5-for-6 day at the plate. TCU totaled eleven extra-base hits, including home runs by Kevin Cron, Josh Elander, Brance Rivera (a grand slam) and Josh Gonzales. Rivera's six RBIs was the most among nine different Frogs who drove in runs- seven of whom had multiple-RBI performances.
Hopefully they can use some of the momentum built up in demolishing the Flyers...because they're going to need it. Victory #1 in the loser's bracket only wins you the chance to run a long & exhausting gauntlet over the next two days. Next up is a match up with the host and #1 seeded Aggies this afternoon at 12:35 pm, for which Stefan Crichton is scheduled to pitch for TCU. Win that, and all that is needed to reach the Super Regionals is to turn around and beat Ole Miss tonight...and then again on Monday. The pitching strategy in those potential games will likely be a lot of scotch tape, paper clips and guys that have already pitched extensively during the weekend digging down deep to find a few more innings in their tired arms. It definitely won't be easy, but it can be done.