TCU Baseball heads into homestretch of the season with a little momentum

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By Ray Cartwright

Frogs Today Staff Writer

 

As TCU Baseball flips the calendar to May, the season has had more ups and downs twist and turns than the Texas Giant at Six Flags over Texas.

The last week has been no different for TCU.

After a stellar come from behind win over Dallas Baptist last Tuesday, TCU headed into the weekend with a little momentum.

In true roller coaster fashion what goes up must come down.

After having the series pushed back a day because of weather in the area on Friday, TCU took the field against Texas on Saturday and ran into a buzzsaw by the name of Lucas Gordon.

Gordon, who’s been the best starting pitcher in the Big 12 this season dazzled over 8 innings for the Longhorns. TCU did manage to tag Gordon for four runs, but the Longhorns offense did more than enough to earn the win.

Freshman Kole Klecker got the start for TCU, Klecker who was named the teams number one starter last week had a little bit of bad luck go his way in this start.

Started off in the first inning when Klecker got squeezed by the umps and the next pitch making an adjustment to the tighter strike zone, Klecker left one over the plate that Texas hit for a home-run.

Texas then proceeded to hit another four home-runs off of Klecker, several of which were extremely wind aided, as there was a strong wind blowing out to left field. Tough luck start for the freshman.

After that TCU turned to Chase Hoover, who settled the game down and gave TCU a chance to come back.

Pacing the TCU offense on Saturday was the freshmen phenoms in catcher Karson Bowen and shortstop Anthony Silva, both of which homered.

Sunday, TCU turned to another freshman to start in Louis Rodriguez and Rodriguez was dealing.

Rodriguez scattered two runs over 6 innings of work striking out four.

A questionable coaching decision the send the would be tying run Bowen in the ninth inning left fans puzzled, but that’s baseball. Porter Brown, the former Frog made a strong throw home to nail the runner, Bowen. Texas held on to win 3-2.

After dropping the series, losing five in row in the Big 12, how would the Frogs respond in the series finale on Monday?

They put away Texas’ broomsticks and brought out their boom sticks.

TCU won going away, as they pounded Texas 15-7. The 15 runs tied the most a TCU team has ever scored against Texas.

Leading the offense for the Frogs was designated hitter, Kurtis Byrne. Byrne went two for four on the day with five RBI, including a three run home-run in the third inning that put the Frogs up for good.

TCU was able to string hits together in this one, something they have struggled to do this season.

The bottom of the order did most of the damage for the Frogs as they were a combined 8 for 14 with 10 RBI on the day.

Logan Maxwell, who has been filling in for the injured Luke Boyers was big for the Frogs. Maxwell had three hits on the day including his first career home-run.

TCU was able to carry that offensive momentuem into Tuesday against UT-Rio Grand Valley.

Playing their fourth game in as many days, TCU was easily dismissed UT-Rio Grand Valley 14-4. The 14th run of game came in the seventh inning when catcher Byrne hit a two-run home-run to right center that “walked off” the Vaqueros.

Elijah Nunez was big for the Frogs on Tuesday tallying three hits and adding another walk.

Maxwell for the second straight game hit a home-run for the Frogs.

TCU fans hope that up and down nature of this TCU team doesn’t carry into next weekend. TCU hosts coach Kirk Saarloos’ alma mater Cal State Fullerton for a three game series.

This series has a significance for the Frogs chances of making the postseason. Currently the Frogs find themselves on the bubble of making postseason play after a shaky last couple of weeks. A series win this weekend would go a long way in getting the Frogs off the bubble, as Cal State sits ahead of the Frogs in the all important RPI ranking.

First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. this Friday, and can be seen on the Big 12 Network on ESPN+.

 

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