Some things change and some things stay the same, but we can always be happy with a TCU win. For the second game in a row TCU and Kansas State were locked at 0-0 at the end of nine innings, and for the second game in a row the Frogs won with Luken Baker delivering the go-ahead RBI single in extra innings, as the Frogs won 1-0 in 10.
The lack of offense may have been the same, but after a pretty clean game yesterday there were plenty of missed opportunities for the Frogs to score today. TCU left 12 men on base and KSU’s starting pitcher, Parker Rigler, issued seven walks in his five innings of work. The Frogs totaled seven hits total in the game, but Rigler allowed just three of them with six strikeouts.
Schlossnagle was thrown out of the game after the top of the third inning after arguing a call that took a run away from his team. With the bases loaded and one out, Watson flied out and Skoug was called out on a tag trying to advance to third before Warner could cross the plate. The play was so close that even with replay it was tough to tell if it was the right call, but Schlossnagle definitively did not agree with the call.
Lodolo turned in his best start of the season when the Frogs needed it the most, allowing just two hits through seven innings while striking out four batters and walking none. Trey Morris, Haylen Green and Durbin Feltman combined for one inning a piece to keep the Wildcats off the board again.
Baker and Skoug were the only Frogs to have multiple hits today, but TCU had runners in scoring position in the second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Most of the early-inning chances were due to the seven walks issued by Rigler, but again TCU could not come up with a timely hit when they needed one.
Cam Warner led off the tenth inning with a single and ended up scoring after back to back singles from Skoug and Baker. Watson was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat to load the bases with no outs, but Barzilli grounded in to a 1-2-3 double play and Merrill struck out to end the inning with just a 1-0 lead. Durbin Feltman turned in a three-up, three-down bottom of the tenth to earn his seventh save of the season. Haylen Green earned the win.
The win today pushes the Frogs win streak to seven straight games, and improves their record to 21-5 (7-1 in Big 12). TCU will go for the sweep tomorrow in a 1:00pm CT game which will also be televised on ESPN3.