TCU Drops See-Saw Battle at Oklahoma
March 18, 2014
NORMAN, Okla. - TCU's three-game winning streak to an end at the hands of Oklahoma in a 9- 5. The Sooners used a four-run fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie en route to the victory.
Trey Teakell allowed three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out one. Alex Young (1-1) was touched for three runs on five hits in three innings. Jordan Kipper gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits. Travis Evans surrendered a run in 2/3 of an inning. Ryan Burnett retired all six batters he faced and recorded three strikeouts.
With two outs, Sooner starter Connor Buchmann lost the strike zone as he hit Kevin Cron, walked Boomer White and hit Derek Odell to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Cron to score for an early 1-0 lead.
Oklahoma wasted little time tying the game at one in the bottom of the first. With one out Hunter Haley doubled to straight-away center. Sheldon Neuse followed with a double to tie the game at one. Teakell stranded the go-ahead run at second with a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning.
The Frogs struck again with two outs in the second. Keaton Jones drew a one-out walk and stole second with two outs. Dylan Fitzgerald looped a single over the shortstop to drive in Jones for a 2-1 lead.
Again, the Sooners battled back to take a 3-2 lead in the second. A lead-off walk came back to haunt the Frogs as two batters later he scored to tie the game. With runners on the corners, Teakell got Hector Lorenzana to ground into a double play, but on the play the go-ahead run scored.
After two scoreless innings, the Frogs were able to get the game tied at three. Cron doubled with one out and moved to third on a wild pitch. Facing the third Oklahoma pitcher of the night, Odell came through with a bloop single into left center to knot the game at three.
Once again, the Sooners answered. In the fifth, Oklahoma sent eight men to the plate and scored four times to open up a 7-3 lead. Haley broke the tie with a double. A one-out single from Niko Buentello gave the Sooners an insurance run. A passed ball and another base hit drove in the other two runs in the inning.
Oklahoma added a pair of two-out runs in the sixth. Two bases loaded walks gifted the Sooners to a 9-3 lead.
TCU scratched across a pair of runs in the seventh to close the deficit to four, 9-5. White and Odell singled with one out. An error on a ball hit by Jeremie Fagnan allowed White to score. Dylan Delso bounced a single up the middle to drive in the second run of the inning.
The Frogs would have chances to cut even further into the lead, but left the bases loaded in the eighth and stranded a runner in the ninth.
With the loss, the Frogs fall to 12-8 overall. TCU opens conference play Friday night when it plays host to Texas Tech. Friday's series-opener is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start, while game two on Saturday has seen a game time change to 4 p.m. The series finale will be televised on FSSW+ at 1 p.m.