Ok, ok... maybe one more story on this game.
Feltman was the winning pitcher at 2:00am and recorded a save just a few hour later.
Sean Wymer was the stop-gap the Frogs needed as he retired all 15 batters he faced with a career-high nine strikeouts. Durbin Feltman tossed a scoreless top of the 15th to record the victory setting up Merrill’s heroics in the bottom of the frame.
Jared Janczak was money Sunday afternoon, when the Frogs needed it most. He got a little help from his offense, too.
Sunday, the Frogs scored three in the second fueled by singles by Luken Baker and Zach Humphreys and Cam Warner’s double.
Merrill’s solo homer in the fourth made it 4-0. In the sixth, Baker led off with a triple and scored on Watson’s single.
It sounds like Coach Patterson is going back to his roots a bit when it comes to building back up his program. That could be a very good thing.
“You have to keep changing the weakness in the fence and change it where you have the energy. You don’t necessarily have to tear down the whole foundation,” Patterson said. “You have to keep your standards high. If you’re not careful you become average and we are not about average here.”
The Night of Champions was a rousing success last week, with players having a chance to show off the work they have put in over the off-season conditioning program.
Determined to have a more physical team, Patterson resurrected a "night of champions" after winter conditioning, crowning team champs in four categories.
Also after a hiatus, he's instituted an "accountability Olympics," including a player draft.
If it sounds like a bit of a gimmick, hey, everyone is looking for ways to motivate, like other schools not wearing team logos until you have been deemed to earn them.
The Frogs were a better road than home team a season ago, but have a tougher schedule away from the Carter in 2017.
"Six tough places - for us, we're going to have to be a better football team," Patterson said.
Patterson said that means focusing on playing hard and having a tough mentality. The Frogs will have to work on third down conversions, better tackling and scoring points - especially in the red-zone. Last season, TCU scored less than 15 touchdowns in the red-zone. Patterson said they need to keep working and strive to get to the "standard" that they hold themselves to, because it wasn't there last season.
Carraway and Collins had strong combine performances. It will be interesting to see if they can work their way into second day prospects as the process progresses.
“I’m just thankful and really blessed because a lot of great pass rushers have come through TCU,” Carraway said. “To be up there among those great guys is just an honor.”
Carraway measured 6-foot-3, weighed 242 pounds. He ran the 40 in 4.74, bench pressed the 225-pound bar 25 times and had a 29 1/2 -inch vertical. His 60-yard shuttle time of 11.71 was the fastest among all players at his position.
The Frogs had a busy junior day over the week, and continue to be very active on the recruiting trail. One of their most recent offers is one of the top offensive linemen in Oklahoma.
Condon had previously visited TCU on January 29th for the Frogs first junior day. However, he left without an offer. After waiting a few weeks, Condon was excited to get an offer from the Frogs.
"It's awesome," he said. "It's a great program, great school, and I loved the campus and the atmosphere on my visit."