TCU Baseball, fresh off of their three game sweep of the University of Texas, saw the good news keep coming in as two of their players were recognized with Big 12 Conference honors Monday afternoon.
Battery mates Brian Howard and Evan Skoug were named the Big 12 Pitcher and Player of the week, respectively, after dominating performances by both against the Longhorns.
Skoug, who went 4-12 with three home runs and a double - while catching all 30 innings of the weekend - plated six runs and tied up the game twice, helping the Frogs to victories. His two home runs Friday, including the tying run in the tenth, allowed TCU to stave off the Horns in 11 innings after UT closed an early five run gap. On Sunday, his two out double brought the Frogs back from 3-0 in a game they eventually won 4-3 in ten innings.
Senior Brian Howard was masterful Saturday, pitching eight frames of one hit ball, shutting out the Horns with four strikeouts and setting the side down in order four times. The Frogs allowed UT to score in the ninth, but won the game 8-2 on the strength of their starter’s impressive performance. TCU needed a big performance from the righty after using six pitchers Friday night, and he more than delivered.
Skoug joins Luken Baker and Austen Wade as Frogs to be named player of the week by the conference, while Howard just Jared Janczak - a two time honoree - on the pitching side. TCU holds a two game lead in the Big 12 over Texas Tech with each team having one conference series remaining.