Both of these teams expect to end up in Omaha, but round one went to the Frogs, largely due to timely two-out hitting and an unbelievable performance by Brian Howard and Charles King - save the first and last innings of the game.
The combination of Brian Howard (2-1) and Charles King settled in and held the Tigers in check the remainder of the game. Howard allowed just four base runners over the next four innings before giving way to King, who pitched the final four innings.
Both teams are saying it’s just another game, but you won’t convince me that the Aggies want this one badly.
“A lot of people try to hype that game up, but you know, it’s just another game,” senior first baseman Joel Davis said after the Aggies’ 9-0 win over Texas Tech Friday. “We can’t really have external factors for it, but it’s going to be a good game.”
Patterson seemed happy with the off-season work of his maturing team, but this news about KaVontae Turpin is certainly troubling - though GP’s response the right one to take. Not want you want to see out of one of your most talented players and an expected leader, though.
“Turp needs to get where he needs to get academically and do some other things,” Patterson said. “We’re going through a learning experience. He’s got an opportunity to be back here in the fall. But right now, he’s going to class and doing the things he needs to do, get bigger and stronger. We’re doing it like we’re not going to have him, and then if he does make it back, it’s a positive.”
Nice little shoutout for Coach Z, who is quickly becoming a well-known name among those who cover college football.
TCU boasts arguably the best linebacking combo in the league in Travin Howard and Ty Summers, who were Nos. 1 and 2 in the Big 12 last year in tackles. The Horned Frogs, however, have to rebuild up front with Josh Carraway, James McFarland and Aaron Curry all out of eligibility. Defensive line coach Zarnell Fitch did a terrific job this recruiting season restocking the cupboard with talented prospects. But while those players develop, TCU will have to lean on the likes of rising seniors Mat Boesen and Chris Bradley to step in and help stabilize the defensive line.
Collins is making himself a lot of money up in Indy this week.
The time isn't surprising to many TCU fans, it was widely known that Collins ran mid 11's in the 100-meter times while in high school. His father, Bill, was one of the top sprinters in TCU history, winning the Southwest Conference 100-meter in 1974 and 1975.
Collins has turned in an impressive combine so far; he also has the second most reps among offensive linemen in the bench as he pushed up 225-pounds 34 times.
Patterson’s good friend Jerry Kill has apparently compared his offense to TCU as a recruiting tool.
"I remember when I was getting recruited they described it to me as Wisconsin and TCU mixed on drugs," Nelson told NJ Advance Media. "That's kind of where it's a fun offense. One play you can be four-wide, spread 'em out -- inside zone (run) as a quarterback or going deep (pass). The next play you could be in three tight ends and a fullback and that whole offense."
TCU’s season is over after an early exit in the conference tournament. But there is plenty to build on for the young team.
Jordan Moore scored 12 points with 11 rebounds, Amber Ramirez added 11 points and Jada Butts 10 for TCU.
Texas Tech grabbed the lead for good in the second quarter, finishing the period on a 13-4 run to lead 34-25. TCU got as close as six early in the fourth quarter but Texas Tech made 17 of 20 free throws for their final points over the final 3:13, outscoring TCU 17-8 over that span.