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Frogs Tournament Run Ends in 9-3 Loss to Texas

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TCU did what it needed to in OKC, but falls short of the tourney title none the less.

Josh Watson’s throw down was the highlight of an otherwise uninspiring game Saturday night.
Melissa Triebwasser

You always want to win every game you play, but for TCU, even a weekend that ends in a loss feels a little like a win. The Frogs won three games behind four solid starts before falling to Texas one game short of the Championship Game.

Haylen Green was called upon to start game number five, and struggled through a long first inning on his way to digging a three run hole. Green, who was so good in his first career start just over a week ago, had control issues from the get go, as he would ultimately surrender three runs on three hits, and hit two batters in 2.0 innings of work. He was relieved by Charles King, who labored as well but was effective until the fifth, when a base hit, an error, and a three run home run put TCU in a 6-2 hole.

The best moment for TCU came on a play in the top of the third, when Travis Jones, who was hit to start the inning, tried to score from second on a hard hit ball to left. Josh Watson wasn’t having it, making a pin point throw to Evan Skoug to cut him down easily.

In all, five pitchers took the bump for TCU; Green went two frames allowing three runs on three hits, Charles King followed and surrendered three runs of his own - on a three run home run - and six hits allowed, Eissler left the bases loaded on two hits and two walks befoee Dalton Brown walked in a pair in his inning of work, and Durbin Feltman allowed a home run and a triple before settling down and getting three solid outs. a mixed bag overall, to say the least.

The Frogs managed just 5 hits against Texas in a game that sent the Longhorns to the Championship and one step closer to hosting a Regional. TCU, meanwhile, probably did enough in OKC to lock up a National Seed, and should feel good about their pitching overall after Nick Lodolo, Jared Janczak, Brian Howard, and Mitchell Traver all turned in quality starts and post season worthy performances.

TCU now awaits news of their post season fate, as they hope to stay in Fort Worth through Super Regional play.