TCU Can't Solve Oklahoma In Loss
April 12, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 9 TCU Horned Frogs fell behind 2-0 in the first inning and could never recover in a 13-6 loss to No. 8 Oklahoma Tuesday night. Jantzen Witte tied a school record with three doubles and drove in three runs.
The Sooners made a lead-off walk count as they opened up a 2-0 lead. Tyler Ogle hit a sacrifice fly to give Oklahoma the lead and an errant throw on a pick-off attempt at third sailed into left field to gift a second run to Oklahoma.
TCU's bats came to life in the third as it cut the Sooner lead in half. Joe Weik smoked a one-out double to left and Witte came through with a two-out double to drive in the run. Taylor Featherston lined a single up the middle and the Frogs looked poised to tie the game, but a strike to home plate from center fielder, Chris Ellison, ended the Frog threat as Witte was tagged out.
Oklahoma responded with a three spot in the bottom of the frame to open up a 5-1 lead. An error allowed the first run of the inning to score and the Sooners got a double from Cameron Seitzer and single by Garrett Buechele to add to their lead.
The Sooners broke the game open with a three-spot in the sixth inning. A pair of walks and a bunt single to open the inning all came around to score. The big blow was a two-run double from Casey Johnson that gave Oklahoma an 8-1 lead.
In the eighth, the Frogs pushed across a run on a pair of hits. Witte led off the frame with his second double of the game and moved to third on a base hit from Jason Coats. Josh Elander delivered a long sacrifice fly to left field to plate the run.
Oklahoms scored four times on four hits and two errors in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
TCU pushed across four runs in the ninth to make it a 13-6 game. Witte's third double of the game with the bases loaded brought in two. Featherston hit a sacrifice fly to plate Brett Johnson and Coats singled home Witte to account for the final score.
Erik Miller (1-6) allowed five runs (three earned) on four hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched. The junior issued two walks and fanned three batters. Stefan Crichton was solid in relief. He gave up just one hit in 2 1/3 innings pitched with one walk and two strikeouts. Andrew Mitchell was tagged for three runs on two hits and two walks in an inning of work. Nick Frey pitched two innings. He gave up five runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck out three.
TCU falls to 22-11 on the season. The Horned Frogs will continue their five game road trip with a three-game series at San Diego State beginning Friday night. First pitch at Tony Gwynn Stadium is set for 8 p.m. The game will air live on CBS Sports Network.
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