Neither of the top seeds performed near their expectation, as both TCU and Tech expected to be a national seed and seem more concerned with getting ready for that side of the postseason.
The true issue to take from Wednesday is just how bad Sean Wymer and Cal Coughlin were - the two best and most consistent bullpen arms all season for the Frogs.
After four scoreless innings, TCU was able to steal a base in the seventh and get Zach Humphreys into scoring position. Austen Wade smacked an RBI single to tie the game at three. However, the Jayhawks would respond and go up by one in the eighth by the bat of Devin Foyle. In the same inning, the Jayhawks added insurance runs with David Kyriacou's sacrifice fly RBI and Brett Vosik's two-run single. Kansas scored four runs in the eighth for the victory.
Nick Lodolo was really good after an inconsistent start, retiring ten straight Jayhawks to close his day. But the rest of the pitching let the Frogs down, as did the lack of timely hitting by their best bats.
“They had a guy that pitched really well today, and we didn’t do a good job of making adjustments,” Wade said. “But I’m confident in one through nine, and all of our guys, whoever comes off the bench, is going to swing the bat well.
“Today was just one of those days that we didn’t have it. Usually, late in games, we’re able to put good swings on baseballs and dive back into the game. But today was one of those days we didn’t have it.”
Justin Rogers announces May 31st, and with that, several other key dominoes could fall.
Five unsigned recruits that TCU needs to sign: D’Shawn Jamison, Justin Rogers, Terrace Marshall Jr., Slade Bolden and Ja’Marr Chase
Having wide receivers such as Terrace Marshall or Ja’Marr Chase could amp up the momentum on offense. Slade Bolden's versatility in playing multiple positions could not only prove helpful with him in a slot receiver position, but help him at either running back, quarterback or defensive back. Having him, Chase and Marshall as receivers would be beneficial and powerful for the Frogs when it comes to scoring. Also on that side of the ball would be Justin Rogers. The four-star dual-threat quarterback makes his decision on May 31, and if he decides on TCU, receivers may shortly follow.