Last week at this time I felt like everything was going to be alright. I felt like this team was finally learning to put the pieces together and they would start playing up to the their potential on a more consistent level. OU is a good team and there’s no shame in dropping a series to them on the road, but I mean, come on. They got walked off two days in a row in one-run losses. Thats frustrating, and in light of what was at stake, and what has happened on the road so far this season, its concerning.
Traver regressed from his start last week by letting up back-to-back two out home runs in the first inning to give OU a 4-0 lead. He was pulled with one out in the third inning after giving up two more runs to make the score 5-0. Traver’s runs came on five hits, and he gave up two walks with three strikeouts. Eissler relieved Traver and he gave up a two run homer to give OU a 7-0 lead after three.
Even after that disaster of a start, the Frogs still managed to fight their way back into the game. TCU got four runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth. After a couple of one run innings for the Sooners that means that things were all tied up at 9-9 going into the ninth. Wymer was trying deliver stability in his second appearance of the weekend, but OU doubled to lead off the ninth and a few batters later singled him home to win it.
We've seen this TCU team come back from some bad situations. They have all the talent they need, but they just dont have the same feel as the teams from the last few years. Maybe we just don't have the pitching that we had then, but they don't seem to have the ability to win these tight games consistently. They don't seem to have the same resiliency we are used to seeing from Jim Schlossnagle teams.
They still have the ability to change my perception, and at this time last year we thought "well it's just not going to happen this year”. So we just don't know, but with Wade clearly still injured, Janczak out and now Baker likely out for the season, it's tough to feel good about where things are heading.
The Red Raiders play Kansas next weekend and unless they sweep TCU will still get a share of the Big 12 title. Kansas is pretty good too, so we may Even still win outright. Either way this team has a week in California planned so maybe a series win out there can exercise this teams road deamons that started on the last California trip. After that it is on to the Big 12 tournament and the postseason, where anything can happen for a team that gets hot at the right time. Especially a really good team, and these Frogs are still a really good team.