Champions! TCU Claims Big 12 Title Sunday
May 25, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY - Freshman Tyler Alexander pitched his first career complete game to help lead No. 12 TCU to its first-ever Big 12 title with a 7-1 victory over No. 7 Oklahoma State Sunday afternoon.
For TCU, it claims its seventh tournament crown under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle. The Horned Frogs won the title outright as members of Conference USA in 2004 and shared the title with Tulane in 2005. As members of the Mountain West, TCU won the title in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Alexander (9-3) was brilliant on the mound as he held the Cowboys to just a run on four hits and struck out four. Oklahoma State mustered just six base runners in the game. Alexander faced the minimum in six of the nine innings.
TCU got the scoring started in the second. Kevin Cron led off the inning with a base hit up the middle. An errant pick-off throw and a long fly ball had Cron standing at third with only one out. Suiter put the Frogs on top 1-0 with a ground out to short.
Oklahoma State bounced back and tied the game in the top of the third. Tim Arakawa led off the frame with a base hit and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A strikeout/wild pitch put runners on the corners and a perfect bunt single from Saulyer Saxon had the game tied. Alexander minimized the damage as he retired the next two batters, stranding the go-ahead run at third.
Three one-out walks loaded the bases full of Frogs in the fourth. Dylan Fitzgerald made the free passes hurt as he lined a single back up the middle to drive in Cron and Garrett Crain for a 3-1 lead. A passed ball put two runners in scoring position. Keaton Jones grounded out to drive in Suiter. The second passed ball of the inning put the Frogs in front 5-1.
Another walk in the fifth to Crain helped the Frogs add to their lead. He drew the free pass with a two-out walk and stole second. Suiter lined a single into right field and Crain slid in ahead of the tag to make it a 6-1 game.
TCU pushed its lead to six in the eighth as it took advantage of a lead-off walk to Suiter. He was standing on third after a base hit from Keaton Jones and scored easily on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kyle Bacak.
With the victory, the Horned Frogs improve to 42-15 overall. TCU will return to Fort Worth and host the NCAA Fort Worth Regional beginning Friday. The team will learn who will be coming to TCU Monday morning when the field of 64 is released on ESPNU at 11 a.m.
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