TCU Comes Up Short Friday to Baylor
March 28, 2014
WACO, Texas - No. 9 TCU claimed a 6-4 decision in Western Friday afternoon, but just missed upsetting No. 6 Baylor on the opening day of the Big 12 Championship, falling to the Bears at the Willis Family Equestrian Center, 11-9.
"Today was tough, but we fought to the very end," said TCU Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield. "I'm so proud of each of our student-athletes and horses. Our goal for tomorrow is to maintain our No. 3 seed with a win over Kansas State."
The Horned Frogs outscored the Bears Friday, 2,865-2,751.5, but it wasn't enough even though the Purple and White dominated Baylor in Reining, riding to the tune of a 4-1 dismantling. With the loss, the Frogs moved to 6-7 overall, while Baylor improved to 9-5 on the year. The Frogs will close out the championship Saturday, taking on nationally ranked Kansas State, who fell to Oklahoma State Friday, 10-9.
In Reining, TCU had several individuals shine as 2014 NCEA All-America honorees Alexi Child and Shelby St. Hilaire both scored victories. Child downed Jessica Leach, while St. Hilaire was able to upend Parris Rice, 132-127, to bring her season record to 8-2-3 overall. With her win, Child moved to 10-3-0 on the season. Brooke Boyle and Katelyn Gray were also victorious in the discipline, dropping Claire Edwards and Katherine Berg, respectively.
Freshman Rylee Morgan carried the Frogs in Horsemanship, defeating Rice, 143.5-139.5. Morgan has now won four out of her last six and will take a 5-3-0 mark in the discipline into Saturday's outing. Erin Gillette was the only other Frog to earn a victory in Horsemanship, dropping Mary Brown, 143-141.
In Equitation on the Flat, the Purple and White appeared to be on their way to scoring a much needed victory, but fell Friday afternoon, 3-2. Freshman Kari Hancock scored a point for TCU, downing Kate Riddle, 159-139. Sophomore Nicole Diamantis also excelled in the discipline, upending Jennifer Mitchell, 154-146.
Senior Caitlin Ader was the lone Frog to earn a point in Equitation over Fences, making quick work of Alicia Gasser on Wyatt, riding to a 166-165 victory. Ader has now won three-straight and improved to 6-1-2 on the year.
The No. 3 seeded Horned Frogs will close out Big 12 Championship play tomorrow against No. 4 seeded K-State at 10:00 a.m. CT inside the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
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