The Frogs took it on the chin against Oklahoma State Friday night, committing two errors and leaving nine men on base in falling 7-6 in extra innings. The errors were very unusual for TCU in general; they had been fielding at a .986 clip overall this season and .991 at home. Riley Ferrell took the loss, despite the fact he went 2.0 innings and allowed only two baserunners, that was all the Cowboys needed to push across the winning run in the 12th. The bullpen, which has been so solid this season, was taxed Friday, as Mitchell Traver was only able to go 5 innings, though it was his defense that let him down, not his pitching. The loss was the first of the season at home for TCU, and broke a 12 game winning streak at Lupton dating back to last season.
The Frogs will come back this evening looking to even up the series, and will have Preston Morrison on the mound, who was last seen giving up two early runs to the Bears before remembering he was Preston Morrison and absolutely slamming the door on BU after the first. OSU will have Tyler Buffett on the mound, a 6'1" sophomore out of New Mexico who is 1-0 in six appearances with a 0.96 ERA on the season. Buffett will give up some hits, but has only walked two on the season, and it will be important for the Frogs to get to him early and try to manufacture a couple of runs for P Mo.
Cody Jones will try and continue his hot hitting; last night he sparked the rally with his first long ball of the season, and added a triple on his way to a three RBI night . He is hitting over .550 at home this season, and the Frogs as a whole are batting over .300. Evan Skoug will look to continue his now 16 game hitting streak, and Morrison will have a shot to become TCU's all time leader in innings pitched if he goes 5 2/3 tonight.
With Florida losing their series with Ole Miss this weekend, the Frogs have a chance in the next to games to make a case to be the clear #1 - a still attainable series victory over OSU would go a long way towards solidifying their place at the top of the College Baseball world.