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TCU News: Oh What a Night (and Morning)

Baseball’s comeback for the ages highlights Saturday.

Baseball:

Another Frog miracle: TCU scores five in ninth to tie, beats Texas A&M in 15th | The Star-Telegram

At some point, you have to stop calling it a miracle and realize that this team truly embodies the #NEGU spirit.

Josh Watson started the 15th for the Frogs with a fly-ball single that dropped inside the right-field line. He was forced out at second on Nolan Brown’s fielder-choice grounder. Brown stole second and Cam Warner walked before Merrill delivered the game-winner.

The game ended at 1:57 a.m., the longest game in Minute Maid Park history.

TCU walks off on Texas A&M in 15th inning | Chron.com

Ryan Merrill was the hero, but Sean Wymer was AMAZING.

Wymer shut down the Aggies from the 10th through 14th inning. He struck out nine of the 15 batters he retired. Durbin Feltman earned the win after relieving Wymer in the 15th. He faced four batters, notching a strikeout and a walk.

Texas A&M blows 5-run ninth-inning lead, goes on to lose to TCU in 15 innings | Aggie Sports

It was a bit of an ugly ballgame, with both clubs doing a lot of swinging and missing. But revenge is a dish best served cold, and A&M is going to have to put it in the freezer for a while.

The Aggies and Horned Frogs combined for 46 strikeouts on the night, which is second all-time for an NCAA baseball game behind 51 set by Akron and North Carolina State in 2009.

The Aggies’ bats came for revenge against TCU, the program that knocked the Aggies out of the Super Regionals the past two seasons, to start Saturday’s game.

A&M posted a five-run top of the first, which included a three-run homer by Aggie left fielder Walker Pennington, a former Horned Frog.

Basketball:

TCU men falter late at Oklahoma for seventh straight loss | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs really can’t afford to be one and done in the Big 12 tournament if they hope to earn an NIT bid.

TCU’s long slide throughout the stretch run of the Big 12 men’s basketball schedule crossed the finish line Saturday with the Horned Frogs clinging to a seven-game losing heading into next week’s conference tournament.

The Horned Frogs fell to Oklahoma 73-68 in Lloyd Noble Arena after the Sooners closed with a 7-2 surge to break a 66-66 tie with 1:04 remaining. TCU (17-14, 6-12 in Big 12) dropped into a tie with Texas Tech for seventh place in the conference standings. Oklahoma (11-19, 5-13) won for the second time in its last three games.

TCU’s struggles from foul line prove huge in loss to Oklahoma | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs had opportunities, but couldn’t connect on the front-end of several one-and-ones down the stretch.

“Simply put, we got beat at the free-throw line once again. It seems that’s been a common occurrence for us,” said TCU men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon, reflecting on last week’s 60 percent effort from the foul line (5 of 10 in the second half) that doomed the Frogs in a 61-60 loss to No. 10 West Virginia. “Give them credit for making the free throws. We didn’t and it really does put you in a difficult situation.”