TCU can't win the Big 12 title today. They can't even take the conference lead. But a series victory over a Texas Tech team that has been playing some of the best baseball in the country keeps them mathematically in the race, and puts the momentum clearly in the Frogs' dugout with postseason play barrelling towards them.
Friday night was... well, unfortunately what has been a typical Friday night for TCU this season. The Frogs couldn't get anything going on offense, and the defense and relief pitching didn't do Dalton Horton any favors. The way Saturday started, it looked like it was going to be the same story, different day, as Tech starter Steven Gingery had TCU hitters befuddled at the plate early. Meanwhile, Red Raider sluggers Eric Gutierrez and Cory Raley each put balls over the wall, with Raley's three run bomb in the top of the fifth looking like the veritable kill-shot. But, the Frogs fought back in the bottom half of the frame, and ultimately came away with a blowout win.
That leaves us here, Sunday, with the series, and in some ways, the season on the line. No, there is no trophy for the winner, though whoever comes away with this series victory has the best shot to take the conference crown. Each squad has two Big 12 series remaining, and the tie-breaker could certainly come into play. TCU will look to reinstated weekend starter Rex Hill, who struggled early in the season in his Sunday starts, but seemingly has found his groove with appearances on Tuesday night games. Schlossnagle is confident in the juco transfer, who will pitch in what is likely the biggest game of his collegiate career today. The Red Raider's turn to Ty Damron, a lefty junior who is sporting a 5.89 ERA so far this season, but has good stuff and can certainly lock down an opposing lineup.
With over 6,500 people at the park yesterday afternoon, Lupton was certainly electric. With another picture perfect spring day on the horizon, Sunday should be no different.