Schlossnagle has been tinkering with the lineup throughout the season, and probably isn’t done yet. But Barz seems to finally be hitting his stride.
“It’s definitely a different role,” said Barzilli, who ranked fourth on the team in RBIs last year hitting fifth or sixth in all but five games. He has hit second in every game this year. “What I like about it is just more at-bats, honestly. You get more opportunities for hits. I’m struggling a little bit. But it’s a new role. I’m getting used to it. I couldn’t be happier.”
Barzilli was in an 0-for-12 slide before homering Friday night, the start of a 5-for-10 stretch that included Sunday’s game-tying double and an RBI double on Saturday. Even with a two-game slump, he’s second on the team with a .516 slugging percentage.
There were plenty of opportunities for both teams to pull away, but in a sloppy, turnover filled game, WVU had the last word.
Miles - a 56 percent shooter at the line this season - connected on one of two, giving the Horned Frogs one final opportunity. But Desmond Bane’s three landed short, sending WVU (23-6, 11-5) home with a 61-60 victory at TCU (17-12, 6-10).
The ending provided a snapshot of how the entire afternoon unfolded. There were 12 lead changes and seven ties, with a number of them during the final few minutes.
The race for the backup QB job begins in earnest this spring. Who will step up and own the role - or wrench the starting job from Kenny Hill?
Two redshirt freshmen will Muehlstein a tough challenge; Brennen Wooten and Jordan Kitna. Wooten threw for over 10,000 yards during his high school career and spent last season soaking up the Frogs offense. He’s not the biggest quarterback on the roster, but he has a good accurate arm and very deceptive speed. Kitna has surprised folks at TCU with the way he’s come in and competed as a walk-on. Kitna constantly gets compared to Andy Dalton as someone who lives in the film room and is always working to get better.
The Cy-Falls corner came away from Fort Worth impressed. We get it.
Overall Baldwin was impressed with what he learned about TCU’s academics and defensive scheme. He also spoke volumes about the coaching staff and the time he spent with them. He also has some bragging rights over the Frogs’ head coach Gary Patterson.
“I met a really genuine coaching staff yesterday,” he said. “I also beat Coach Patterson in a little arcade basketball! I can't leave that out! He’s a lot nicer than what he appears to be on T.V.”
LT had a big weekend, serving as the honorary starter for the Daytona 500 and advocating for the former Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver.
Tomlinson, elected to the Hall of Fame earlier this month, addressed Owens’ controversial status before serving as an honorary starter for the Daytona 500.
“He has the numbers without question,” said Tomlinson, the former TCU great. “I think at some point he will be in. He’s a Hall of Fame player. I think we all know it. We know what a Hall of Fame player looks like and that’s certainly T.O.