The Frogs needed to win to play on, and they will do just that tonight against Kansas after blowing the Sooners away early and hanging late yesterday.
TCU got it rolling in the bottom of the second inning while Oklahoma's Jake Irvin gave up three walks and three hits that would give the Horned Frogs a three-run lead. Josh Watson started the rally with an RBI double.
In the sixth inning, TCU added on another run through a wild pitch. Evan Skoug built another run for the Horned Frogs by knocking a double to score Austen Wade.
The Horned Frogs would then reach home again twice in the same inning on a throwing error and an RBI single by Elliott Barzilli. The next inning, Evan Warner singled to left field to score two and bring the run total to nine.
A healthy Jared Janczak completely changes TCU’s postseason outlook.
TCU became a “much better club” Thursday. Jared Janczak pitched Thursday.
It’s simple math for coach Jim Schlossnagle, who watched the sophomore from Belton spin five scoreless innings to get the Horned Frogs rolling in a 9-4 victory against Oklahoma in an elimination game at the Big 12 tournament at Bricktown Ballpark.
“We’re obviously a much better club when he’s healthy and pitching for us,” Schlossnagle said. “That’s a good confidence booster for our guys.”
Umm... all of them?
TCU struggled in its kicking game last season, bearing witness to some rocky mishaps for special teams last season. This season, however, Jonathan Song is returning to the field and should be able to bring stability and consistency with his kicking game. But, Ryan Graf and Brandon Hatfield have the experience after filling in for Song after he injured himself in the spring. Will Patterson take his chances with Graf and Hatfield again or play with a healthy Song?
*** don’t forget about Michigan transfer Andrew David as well ***
Plenty of people have reacted to this news as if it was inevitable, but I for one believed Wooten would be the perfect backup to Shawn Robinson over the next several years. He had the physical tools, if not the ideal size, to be a reliable option, and absolutely had the ‘it’ factor and love for TCU. To me, what this comes not from the impending Justin Rogers announcement, but from the rise of Jordan Kitna. Don’t be surprised if we start hearing his name more this fall.
Wooten redshirted last season after enrolling early in January 2016 as 247Sports’s No. 4 pro-style quarterback in Texas.
He was not listed among the three quarterbacks on the TCU depth chart following spring practice. The likely order of the TCU quarterback stable is now Kenny Hill, Shawn Robinson, Grayson Muelstein and Jordan Kitna.
This is a massive young man out of the Houston area, who would be a large and exceptional pickup for the Frogs in 2018.
Syptak, a top-10 offensive tackle in the state of Texas' 2018 recruiting class, said he's also been in touch with TCU offensive line coach Chris Thomsen.
"He reached out to say they were interested in me and that they would be coming by my school during spring practice," Syptak said. "After they visited, we discussed me going up there for a camp and a tour of the campus and football facilities.
"I am really interested in TCU and seeing what they have to offer. Obviously they have a great football program, so it will be interesting to compare to some of the other schools I have visited lately."
The Frogs are digging back into the boot looking for more talented prospects. This defensive back holds a ton of offers, but has yet to be offered by LSU.
Smith, who plays both receiver and defensive back for Salmen, also holds offers from Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Tulane and others.
Despite being one of the state's most coveted prospects, he doesn't hold an offer from LSU as of now, but speaks to LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond a lot, Smith told The Times-Picayune earlier this month.
Smith recently said a top 10 list would be coming soon and confirmed to The Times-Picayune that Tennessee, Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma State and Oregon State will "definitely" be on his list, but he still needs to look into a few other schools before finalizing it.