The Frogs fought all the way back from a 3-0 deficit today, earning the sweep over a ranked Texas team with a walk off double by Baker in the 10th. TCU is now 6-0 in extra innings games this season. The win puts TCU at 35-11 overall and 15-6 in the Big 12. West Virginia beat Texas Tech in their series finale today to drop Tech to 39-13 on the season (13-8 in Big 12), and give TCU a two-game lead in the Big 12 standings.
Traver allowed a single to open the game, but kept things scoreless with three strikeouts through the first two innings. A lead-off walk and two bunt singles in the third loaded the bases with no outs, but Traver limited the damage to a 1-0 Texas lead with two strikeouts around an RBI sac-fly to end the inning.
Texas scored again on a solo homer to open up the sixth inning and after two strikeouts and a walk Traver was lifted for Sean Wymer. Traver delivered his longest and best outing of the season when his team needed him the most today. He threw 88 pitches, 53 for strikes, and went 5 2⁄3 innings, allowing just two runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
Traver’s start was so huge because Texas’ starter, Kyle Johnston, kept the Frogs baffled through 6 1⁄3 innings, giving up just two hits through 6 1⁄3 and not allowing a single run until the seventh. Both of the runs were actually walked in by Chase Shugart, who came on to pitch in relief of Johnston.
Those two runs left TCU still trailing 3-2 though, because Texas scored a run off Wymer in the top of the seventh on an error by Baker as he tried to throw out a runner at third and the ball got away into left field. Wymer recovered to earn the win though, throwing 4 1⁄3 innings and allowing just five total hits as he held Texas scoreless the remainder of the day.
TCU tied things up at 3-3 on a two-out double by Evan Skoug, and earned the 4-3 walk off victory in the 10th on another double by Luken Baker. Evan Williams got the start today on senior day for the injured Wade, who is out with a bruise on his leg and expected to be back for next week’s Big 12 finale at Oklahoma. Josh Watson, who narrowly missed a grand slam in the seventh, cut off what would have been a lead-off double by Texas’ Kody Clemens in left field and threw him out at second to keep Texas from getting a runner into scoring position in the top of the 10th.
Getting the sweep is big for TCU’s postseason resume too, as they have an RPI of 23 and are ranked No. 24 in the D-1 Baseball top 25. In their last regular season weekend playing at Lupton, the Frogs looked like a national seed, and they’re well on their way to ending their regular season with a big statement to the selection committee.