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TCU News: Tennis dominating, Baseball can’t hold on

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While TCU Baseball was giving one away, men’s and women’s tennis cruised to post-season victories

Tennis:

Men's Tennis Falls in NCAA Second Round | Seminoles.com

Sweet 16, baby!

Trailing 3-1, the Seminoles showed a lot of heart battling it out on courts two, four, and six, but it was not enough as TCU's No. 20 Alex Rybakov defeated No. 74 junior Guy Iradukunda 6-2, 7-5 on court two to clinch the 4-1 victory.

Horned Frogs are Sweet 16 Bound | Go Frogs

Cameron Norrie is making his last few moments as a Horned Frog special.

A complete performance across doubles and singles led the No. 6 TCU men’s tennis team to a 4-1 victory in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship second round over No. 33 Florida State on Saturday afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center as the Horned Frogs advance to the Round of 16 for the third straight season.

In his final match on the purple courts at TCU, No. 1 Norrie capped off his career with a nearly unstoppable performance at the top spot by downing Dougaz, 6-1, 6-0. Florida State took a straight-set win on court three for its lone point of the match before the Frogs took straight-set wins on courts five and two to get the victory. Stalder won his fourth straight match on court five while No. 20 Alex Rybakov won his 20th straight match with a 6-2, 7-5 win on court two.

TCU takes care of Rice 4-0 | Go Frogs

The women are advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament out in Palo Alto, and will take on Stanford next.

The Frogs (14-9) used a strong doubles performance against the Owls (18-6) to win their first round match for the third straight season. The No. 19 pair of Donika Bashota and Olaya Garrido-Rivas paired up for the first time in over a month to take their seventh straight win and fifth over a ranked opponent with a 6-4 victory. Alexis Pereira and Sofiko Kadzhaya finished off the doubles point with a 6-4 win on court two.

In singles action, TCU nabbed the first set on five of the six courts as No. 61 Seda Arantekin got her second win over a ranked opponent this season with a 6-1, 7-5 win over No. 84 Lindsey Hodge on court one. Kadzhaya followed on court two with a straight-set win of her own to put the Frogs up 3-0 in the match. Fellow senior Caroline Wegner would finish out the sweep as she took a tiebreaker in the opening set on court six before breaking Alison Ho in the second set for the 7-6 (6), 6-1 victory.

Baseball:

Martinez's walk-off lifts OU past TCU, ties series | Norman Transcript

It’s easy to look at Durbin Feltman and pass him the blame for yet another blown save, but the reality is the defense let the bullpen down as well. Plenty of blame to go around for a game that TCU had won multiple times, mostly on the strength of Evan Skoug’s unbelievable offensive performance, but found themselves on the wrong end of after allowing three home runs including the walk off blast.

The senior catcher’s two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth gave the Sooners a 9-8 walk-off win Saturday over fifth-ranked TCU at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

OU recovered from an icy start at the plate, rallying after trailing 4-0 through three innings. Martinez’s sixth home run this season tied the series at one game apiece, setting up a rubber match for 1 p.m. Sunday.

TCU slugger Luken Baker sustains ‘significant’ injury to left arm | The Star-Telegram

Plenty of rumors swirling as to what the injury actually is - broken, dislocated, being replaced with robot parts - but the true story likely won’t come out until early next week. Schloss is notoriously secretive about injuries (wonder who he learned that from?) - we’ve been told Wade was coming back all weekend but have yet to see him play. So we may never get the whole depth of what’s going on.

This season, he is hitting .317 with a .528 slugging percentage and 41 runs batted in. He has hit eight home runs, eight doubles and one triple and leads the team in walks.

Baker was hurt on a play with Oklahoma’s Brandon Zaragoza batting. The Sooners shortstop singled to the pitcher, and the collision at first allowed two runs to score that tied the game in the eighth inning.

A reporter at the game tweeted that the play reminded him of a play in which OU player Austin O’Brien sustained an elbow ligament injury that caused him to miss four weeks.

Football:

TCU receiver signee Jalen Reagor wins Texas state title in long jump | USA Today

Freak athlete doesn’t begin to describe Jalen Reagor, who finished his high school career with Texas State gold.

He posted the nation’s best jump at 26 feet in the area meet, but then took a small step back with a jump of 22-10 in the region meet.

“I feel like that was a sign,” Reagor told the Morning News. “My coach and I kind of took it for granted that I was just going to go in and jump big, and that humbled me. Now I get to go down there and show what I’ve been working on.”