TCU Clinches Title Share With Wild Win


May 12, 2017

Final Stats


NORMAN, Okla. – A three-run ninth inning for No. 5 TCU helped the Horned Frogs rally for a 9-6 victory over No. 24 Oklahoma Friday night. The win guarantees TCU at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title, it’s second in the last three seasons.

The Rundown
A game that was sailing through four innings with TCU holding a 2-0 lead screeched to a halt in the bottom of the fifth after Oklahoma scored two unearned runs to tie the game.

From there, TCU and Oklahoma traded runs at a rapid pace, but it was eventually the Frogs that had the last laugh with three in the top of the ninth. Connor Wanhanen led off the frame with a double and scored easily on a base hit from Ryan Merrill. Nolan Brown was hit on the leg with the bases loaded and Evan Williams worked a walk to give TCU some breathing room at 9-6.

Durbin Feltman came on in the ninth and pitched around a pair of hits to record his 12th save of the season. Sean Wymer (4-2) picked up the win in relief. Nick Lodolo was solid through 6 1/3, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits.

The see-saw battle started in the sixth with the two teams trading runs. Elliott Barzilli’s two-out hit drove in Evan Skoug, who had led off the inning with a double. The Sooners picked up a two-out run of their own to tie the game at three.

In the seventh, a lead-off triple turned into a 4-3 Oklahoma lead, but TCU answered with a three spot in the eighth on back-to-back doubles from Skoug and Cam Warner. A wild pitch with the bases loaded pushed the lead to two, 6-4. Oklahoma rallied again with a pair of two-out runs, setting up the ninth inning finish.

Stat of the Game
9 –
TCU has clinched a share of the Big 12 regular season title, giving head coach Jim Schlossnagle his ninth regular season title in 14 seasons at TCU.

Notes:
• TCU has now won a Big 12 championship each of the last four seasons, two regular season crowns (2015, 2017) and two tournament championships (2014, 2016).
• It’s the first time the Big 12 has had a team clinch multiple regular season titles since the 2010-11 seasons (Texas).
• TCU has trailed at some point in a game 29 times this season, it has come back to win 18 of those games.
• TCU has scored multiple runs in an inning 74 times this season.
Durbin Feltman moved into sole possession of second place all-time at TCU with his 21st career save.
Luken Baker stretched his on-base streak to 29 games.
• Baker stretched his hitting streaks to nine games.
Evan Skoug has reached base safely in 27 straight games.
• Skoug collected his 15th multi-hit game of the season and the 55th of his career.
• Skoug also tallied his 12th multi-RBI game of the year and the 38th of his career.
Ryan Merrill has reached base safely in 16 straight games.
• Merrill picked up his ninth multi-hit game of the season and the 22nd of his career.
Connor Wanhanen has reached base safely in 14 straight games.
Cam Warner stretched his hitting streak to seven games.

Next Up:
With the victory, TCU improves to 36-11 overall and 16-6 in Big 12 play. Game 2 of the series is set for Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on FSOklahomas.
 

 

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