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Frogs Fall Apart, Lose To Baylor 6-5

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TCU dropped their first game of the Big 12 Tournament to the No. 8 seeded Baylor Bears.

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Well, that game was less than ideal. TCU, the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament, dropped their opener to the No. 8 seed Baylor Bears 6-5.

The Frogs got off to a rough start when Alex Young gave up a 2-run home run in the first inning, immediately putting TCU behind 2-0. TCU pulled even in the bottom of the second inning, thanks to a two-run single courtesy of Cody Jones. Jones finished the day with three hits and three RBI.

The Frogs took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to another Cody Jones RBI, followed by a Connor Wanhanen RBI on a ground out. Baylor would strike back in the top of the fifth with their second home run of the day, bringing them to within a run, 4-3. In the bottom of the fifth, after a strike out and a line out, Odell and Cody Jones got back to back singles but a pop out ended the inning. The fifth inning was pretty much a microcosm of the game in general. By that I mean, Baylor hitting home runs and TCU leaving runners on base. In fact, TCU had 13 runners left on base for the game.

TCU extended their lead to 5-3 in bottom of the sixth on an infield single from Nolan Brown. Baylor's third home run of the day in the seventh brought them back to within a run. Things got interesting in the eighth inning when TCU closer Riley Ferrell came in with two outs and two runners on board. What happened next was....confusing. Ferrell immediately walked the bases loaded and in the next at bat a wild pitch allowed the tying run to score. Mercifully, a groundout to first base ended the top of the eighth with the score tied 5-5.

In The bottom of the eighth a walk by Skoug around two outs gave us another chance to get ahead but a groundout by Brown sent them back to the dugout. The madness continued in the top of the ninth as Ferrell started the inning off with a four-pitch walk to the Bears 9-hole hitter Ducoff. Then two straight wild pitches allowed the Baylor runner to reach third base. Ferrell walked the next batter to put runners on the corners with NO OUTS. Trieglaff came in to pitch for Ferrell and did a great job minimizing the dmanage. The first batter Trieglaff faced flied out to right field allowing the Baylor runner at third base to score. Then, Logan Brown was caught stealing second for out number two and Trieglaff got a strike out to end the inning. The Frogs didn't really challenge in the ninth as Crain, K. Jones and Odell went one, two, three with a stirke out, ground out and fly out respectively.

All in all it was one of the most frustrating games that we have seen all season. It sure didn't help that it had to come against "you know who". Not only that but it is obviously much harder to win the tournament out of the loser's bracket. When you are the number one seed and you get to play the worst team its a good idea to beat them.  In any case, the game is  behind us now and just like we did after our last agonizing loss to Baylor (Yes, I know), it's time to put our heads down and win out for the season.