Brian Howard pitched an absolute gem of a game, befuddling the Oklahoma State hitters over 7.0 innings. Cam Warner, Evan Skoug, and Ryan Merrill had nice games at the dish to back him up. Ultimately, the most important thing is the health of the Cowboys’ Jon Littell, who took the brunt of a brutal collision in the outfield.
“I feel like I gave the team a chance to win, which was huge for me,” said Howard, who was 1-2 with two no decisions and a 9.00 ERA in his previous five starts. “I hope I turned a corner today. I feel like I found myself a little bit in those last couple of innings. I hope I can turn a corner and keep putting us in a position to win games, because that’s all that matters.”
Eric Sorenson was out at Lupton Saturday night, and he was impressed with the teams and the crowd during the Frogs’ ‘gritty’ win.
“I don’t care what that scoreboard says or what the stat sheet says,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle would say afterward. “We know and I can promise you they know too, Evan is a good hitter. Just like (Garrett) Benge on their side. I don’t care what the stat sheet says, they’re dangerous hitters. Those kind of players, they’re winning kind of players and they rise to the occasion when the occasion comes calling.”
It took a complete team effort to fend off the Pokes over the weekend, as the banged up Cowboys just kept fighting.
In the third, OSU plated its lone run when Williams blooped a single to center field, allowing Andrew Rosa, who was running on the pitch, to come all the way around to score the tying run. However, TCU answered with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning when Cam Warner led off with an opposite-field home run to right to put the home team up, 2-1. The Frogs would score single runs in each of the next three innings to take a four-run advantage while OSU struggled against TCU starter Brian Howard, who struck out nine in seven innings to improve to 3-2 on the year.
You don’t normally get a lot of time to prepare for your next opponent in March, but the Frogs have that as they get ready for Tuesday’s match up. The time to study, rest, and heal, will hopefully pay dividends for the young squad.
“This time of year, that’s a little different,” said Dixon, whose team will have three full practices focused on UCF in addition to an off day to rest players’ legs. “Having that much time to prepare for an opponent at this time of year is unique, there’s no question about it.”