Dalton Horton absolutely shined in his weekend debut. The lefty, who bumped Rex Hill to the Tuesday slot, finished Sunday's series finale in tremendous fashion, giving up only 2 hits and 1 ER thru 6 innings–as well as 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Most impressively, Horton retired the last 7 Wichita State hitters he faced, which included a shutdown 5th inning in response to the 6 runs his offense put up in the top of the inning.
Scoring 12 runs, TCU obviously made good contact, but the Shockers didn't do themselves any favors either. The 8th inning became a microcosm of the game when, soon after getting Cam Warner out, WSU should've ended the inning with a Luken Baker double-play ball. Instead, the shortstop semi-booted the ball and barely got the man out at second with an awkward throw and Baker was able to make it to first safely. Then Elliott Barzilli ripped a 2-run double to put TCU up 10 and advanced to third on another errant throw. Sure, the Horned Frogs did their part and smacked the crap out of the ball Sunday afternoon, but after their explosion in the 5th, you could just tell the Shockers were mentally drained the rest of the game.
Speaking of those guys: The middle of the lineup was just brutal on Sunday. Luken Baker went 3-5 with 4 RBIs, Evan Skoug went 2-4 with 2 RBIs, and Elliott Barzilli collected 2 hits and 3 RBIs on the day–including the big 2-run double in the 8th.
Durbin Feltman had uncharacteristically awful game. His control in the 9th was ghastly to say the least and gave the Shockers a (somewhat) glimpse of life.
Now, were the Shockers going to put up 10 runs just to tie it up in the 9th? No. But Feltman's erraticism goes beyond a 10-run lead, because when TCU gets into the likes of Texas Tech and Oklahoma State on their schedule, they probably won't have these 10-run leads in the 9th. They may have 4 or 5-run leads–which if Feltman were to pitch in those like he did Sunday, could become a real area of concern.
However, especially in an otherwise dominant series, Feltman's nearly 30-pitch escapade is nothing to hit the panic button about–not yet anyway. While a sweep is always something to be proud of, the Frogs are obviously going to have continue their dominance in a Big 12 that, at least now, has no clear front-runner. Especially after Oklahoma State and Texas dropped their respective series to West Virginia and Oklahoma, and Texas Tech dominated their's.
But hey, a +21 run-differential this weekend, and +39 in their current win streak, is a good sign.