TCU Comes Up Short Against Oklahoma
April 26, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 7 TCU Horned Frogs fell behind early and couldn't overcome the deficit as they dropped a 7-4 decision to No. 10 Oklahoma. Joe Weik homered for the second straight game and the fifth time this season.
Andrew Mitchell (3-1) allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. He struck out a career-high seven and walked three. Trent Appleby was touched for a run on three hits in 3 2/3 innings. Both Erik Miller and Stefan Crichton were tagged for a run in their inning of work. Each tallied a strikeout.
The Sooners staked themselves to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Caleb Busheyhead and Garrett Buechele hit back-to-back doubles to put the Sooners up 1-0 after an inning of play.
Three errors, one hit and a hit batter cost the Frogs a pair of runs as Oklahoma opened up a 3-0 lead. Evan Mistich doubled to open the inning. Two errors on a potential double play ball allowed Mistich to score to make it a 2-0 game. An errant throw to second trying to cut down Eric Ross stealing gifted the Sooners their third run of the game.
TCU got a run back in the bottom of the second inning. Josh Elander led off the frame with a hit and moved to second on a base knock by Zac Jordan. With one out, Joe Weik drew a walk to load the bases. Aaron Schultz flew out to deep right field to plate the Frogs' first run of the game.
Oklahoma continued its scoring streak as it pushed across another run in the top of the third to regain its three-run advantage, 4-1. Tyler Ogle walked to lead off the inning and scored on a triple off the bat of Casey Johnson. Mitchell left the runner at third with three straight strikeouts to end the inning.
Witte led off the bottom of the third with a double and the Frogs turned it into their second run of the game. A Featherston ground out moved Witte to third and he scored easily on a base hit by Jason Coats to make it a 4-2 contest.
The Frogs continued to inch closer in the fourth as Weik hit an opposite field home run to right with one out in the inning.
Oklahoma reliever Dillon Overton held the Frog bats in check following a two-out walk to Witte in the fourth. He retired 10 straight to get the Sooners to the eighth inning. TCU hit the ball hard on multiple occasions, only to see the Sooner outfielders track the line drives to the warning track.
The Sooners added three runs over the course of the final four innings to open up a 7-3 lead.
TCU attempted to rally in the ninth as it loaded the bases on two hits and one error with nobody out. Jerome Pena opened the inning with an infield single and Weik reached on an error. Schultz dumped the ball into left to load the bases. Rivera plated the only run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to make it a 7-4 game.
The Frogs fall to 29-13 overall. TCU will begin a six-game road trip Thursday night at BYU. First pitch against the Cougars is set for 7 p.m. (CST).
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