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Recap Of Texas Tech Series

What couldn’t happen happened for the TCU baseball team against Texas Tech over the past weekend. TCU won the first game of the series but failed to maintain the slow melodic pace required to beat Tech. In the second game, TCU fell behind early before a groundout RBI by Braxton Fulford got them on the scoreboard. However, In the 4th inning, a scoring explosion happened with each team scoring 4 runs. The bats fell silent in the 5th inning before Tommy Sacco got an RBI single, with Hunter Wolfe scoring. With the game tied at the end of the 9th inning, all signs pointed to TCU surviving and getting the win, but Cal Conley had another idea of getting a walk-off home run giving Tech the win.

TCU Going Head-To-Head With OSU

TCU struggled to get over the disappointment and wound up run-ruled in the seventh in the series’s last game. Luckily the next game for the Horned Frogs was against Tarleton State on Tuesday night. Tarleton was sitting 12-22, and in the last meeting between the two schools, TCU won 13-9. Last night’s game didn’t leave TCU with any surprises as they beat the Tarleton 10-2 in Fort Worth. Looking forward is a series against Oklahoma State. TCU and OSU are right next to each other in the rankings, 12 and 13, respectively. OSU is currently on a 5-game winning streak, and after a game against Oral Roberts was canceled Tuesday, they’re looking to extend that streak even more.

OSU has thrived recently off their bats. In three of their past five games, OSU has scored 10 or more runs including a 21-11 beatdown of West Virginia, this plays directly against TCU who has relied on pitching to win games.

Watch Out For OSU Hitters

Obviously, the big matchup will be TCU’s pitching and OSU’s hitting, but looking further into this, it becomes clear that the real matchup will be on TCU’s bullpen and OSU’s hitting. In their blowout loss to Tech, TCU gave up the most runs after pulling the starting pitcher. This means that the longer TCU can keep their starter in, the more likely it is that they will win. In terms of who to look out for on OSU, it’s hard to overlook Christian Encarnacion-Strand. He has a .367 batting average with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs. The key will be keeping Haylen Green fresh and with as little wear on him as possible. Green is the best reliever for the Frogs, and for a team who is matched up with a good team with good hitters, he becomes even more important.

TCU Needs To Get Back On Track

Along with the pitching, TCU will need the bats to come alive for them to win. The clubhouse’s confidence is low, and a series win over a good opponent would do wonders for the Horned Frogs. Just like the series against Tech, TCU will probably drop one game. This will likely be either the second or third game because that’s how this team seems to like doing things. I do think that TCU will bounce back however winning two games and getting the series win will hopefully get them back on track and back into the mix for a Big 12 title.

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Story by Ryan Scott, Campus Live sports journalist intern

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