Oklahoma Snaps TCU's Win Streak in Extras
May 10, 2014
FORT WORTH - The 10th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs saw their 13 game winning streak come to a halt with a 7-5 11-inning loss to Oklahoma Saturday. TCU forced extra innings with a five-run ninth inning, but could not complete the comeback.
TCU found itself in a 5-0 hole heading to the ninth, but the Frogs sent nine men to the plate and tied the game with a furious comeback. Connor Castellano started the inning with a pinch-hit single. A walk to Dylan Fitzgerald was followed by a Keaton Jones single to load the bases. With one out, Cody Jones drove in the first run of the inning with a base hit to left. Derek Odell cleared the bases with a triple to right and scored the tying run on a bloop single from Boomer White.
The Frogs had to dodge a bullet in the 10th after the Sooners put two runners in scoring position with only one out. Riley Ferrell (1-1) got a big strikeout for the second out and corralled a soft line drive to end the inning.
TCU looked poised to complete the comeback in the bottom of the 10th as it loaded the bases with one out. Castellano collected his second hit of the day and moved to third on a Keaton Jones double. The Sooners intentionally walked Dylan Delso to load the bases, setting up what proved to be an inning-ending double play.
In the top of the 11th, Kolbey Carpenter reached on a one-out single. A walk followed before Taylor Alspaugh bounced a single through the left side. Carpenter rounded third but a strike to the plate from White cut down the go-ahead run for the second out. A wild pitch, however, brought home the go-ahead run. TCU's fourth error of the game gave Oklahoma a 7-5 lead.
Sheldon Neuse (1-0) put up a zero in the 11th for the Sooners to end TCU's streak.
TCU's Preston Morrison and Oklahoma's Jake Elliott were locked in a pitcher's duel for the first five innings. Elliott bent but didn't break as he issued two walks and hit a batter to lead off three of his five innings pitched. Morrison gave up an infield single to the first batter of the game before retiring 15 straight to get the scoreless game into the sixth.
Hector Lorenzana broke up Morrison's streak with a base hit to open the inning. Another hit and an error loaded the bases with nobody out. Morrison got two ground ball outs, but each one produced a Sooner run as Oklahoma grabbed a 2-0 lead after the top half of the sixth.
A lead-off error in the seventh proved costly as the Sooners added another run to their lead. Niko Buentello singled to make it a 3-0 game in favor of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma tacked on two more runs in the ninth to push the lead to five. RBIs from Lorenzana and Craig Aikin set up the Frogs come-back in the bottom of the ninth.
Morrison was touched for three runs (one earned) on five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. He tallied five strikeouts in the no-decision. Travis Evans allowed a run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings, while Brian Trieglaff surrendered a run on two hits in an inning of work. Ferrell took the loss after giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits in two innings.
TCU falls to 35-14 overall and 14-6 in Big 12 play. The Frogs will go for the series victory Sunday afternoon at 1. Tyler Alexander will get the start for the Horned Frogs and face the Sooners' Adam Choplick. The game will be televised on FSSW+.
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