Well, it wasn't quite the sweep we'd anticipated or at least hoped for, but the Frogs picked up the series win against arch-nemesis Baylor. The Frogs had a little trouble cashing in their runs in the first two games, but it was business as usual in the third game. Perhaps the biggest story of the weekend is the emergence of Tyler Alexander. Like Godzilla feeding off radiation all season, Alexander has grown into an unstoppable monster. Alexander certainly breathed fire straight down the Baylor throats Saturday.
Finnegan Is (Semi) Human After All: TCU 3, Baylor 6
Make no mistake, Finny is still the Finny of old. Thursday just wasn't his game. Only his second game off injury, Finnegan got worn down early and seemed to throw more pitches in this game than he has all season combined. Hyperbolic? Sure. But when you've been as dominant as Finnegan has, it's easy to get worried about one off performance. But off games happen, and when you combine this with Finnegan still being in a recovery process, it's nothing to be terribly concerned about.
Finnegan Statline: 3.1 IP, 3K, 5 H, 5 ER
Despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, the cause for concern was on the offensive side of the ball as TCU failed to capitalize on scoring numerous opportunities. Most notably, with the bases loaded in the 7th, Garrett Crain grounding into an inning-ending double play.
Baylor's only runs were sprawled out over two 3-run innings,which was enough to give them a 6-3 win.
Bitter side note: George's, Health Camp are both insanely overrated and I don't recommend anyone eat at either of those places.
P-Mo and TCU Make History: TCU 5, Baylor 0
P-Mo was fire per usual and now with an ERA of 1.18, Morrison may in fact be the Big 12's best pitcher. Which is weird to say, considering the Big 12's second and third best are Morrison's teammates. Morrison's shutout gave TCU the Big 12 record of 14 shutouts in a single season.
Morrison Statline: 8 IP, 6 K, 3 H, 0 ER
Aside from a brilliant performance by Preston Morrison, Friday's game felt a little bit off. It's hard to complain about a win, much less a shutout, but TCU once again had trouble capitalizing on huge opportunities, leaving an absurd number of runners in scoring position.
Alexander the Great: TCU 7, BayLol 1
I've been waiting to use that one for a while...But all the credit in the world to Tyler, who's completely grown into himself this season. He's done nothing but improve and the last three starts have proven that. Regardless of a National seed, with a solid third starter, TCU's one of the most dangerous teams in the tournament.
Alexander Statline: 6 IP, 7 K, 4 H, 1 ER
The bottom line is that Baylor is not a very good baseball team and in the first two games TCU made them seem like they were one of the best in the conference. Then again, Baylor could be pulling a TCU from last year, in that they were a team with a lot of potential who had a disappointing year, then got hot the last two weeks and played spoiler.
If I updated the Stock Report i posted Wednesday, I'd have Miami in as a national seed, and TCU out. 3 nat'l seeds for ACC looking likely.— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) May 17, 2014
The real spoil was severely hurting TCU's chances for a National seed and thus the opportunity to host a Super Regional in Fort Worth. I'm sure the fans in Waco are smiling from ear to ear on that one. But we will see how long that smile lasts when they're watching the Regionals from the comfort of their couch.
But like I said in the tweet Saturday night, it doesn't matter where these kids play their Regional, or potential Super Regional. They're still as finely crafted as a Rolex, with dozens of moving parts, each brilliant and integral to the whole.
MVP: Preston Morrison
Cy Young: Tyler Alexander
**Look for the Regular Season Awards tomorrow!**