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TCU Drops Game One of Big 12 Tournament to Kansas

TCU is still searching for answers as they dropped to the loser’s bracket today.
Melissa Triebwasser

If it’s not one thing its another. The last Big 12 series we played against Oklahoma, we scored at will, but couldn’t get much done on the mound. Today, we got great pitching from Lodolo, and got eight hits, but our two best relief pitchers both threw at least 20 pitches in the eighth inning. That’s not a recipe for winning baseball.

And that’s how it’s been with this team. So much so that Schlossnalge actually mentioned it today during his mid-game dugout interview. This team hasn’t put together a solid three or four games of baseball all year long. By solid I mean, good pitching, good hitting, and error free. They’ve won 39 games because they have the talent to make up for most of their mistakes, but unless they can pull it together that won’t last much longer.

TCU put up two runs in the second inning to give Lodolo a 2-0 lead. Barzilli singled with two outs and Merrill followed that up with a single of his own. Humphreys singled in the next at bat to plate two, but Lodolo responded by giving up three runs and the lead on four hits in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the seventh the Frogs tied things up when Humphreys was hit by a pitch with one out and stole second to get in scoring position. Watson grounded out before Austin Wade singled to make it 3-3. TCU called to the bullpen at that point and asked Wymer to keep them in it, but he threw 21 pitches and gave up four runs on three hits before being pulled for Coughlin. Coughlin threw 21 pitches before he got out of the inning, but by then Kansas had a 7-3 lead.

TCU will resume play tomorrow at 12:30pm CT against the loser of the nightcap between Texas and Oklahoma.