The Frogs got another series victory over another likely postseason team.
TCU scored all five of its runs with two outs and the bullpen tossed five scoreless innings as the Horned Frogs defeated Long Beach State 5-2 Sunday afternoon to claim the three-game baseball series at Lupton Stadium.
TCU (4-2) struck for two unearned runs in the first after Coby Boulware reached on an error. Zach Humphreys delivered a two-out, two-run triple to give the Horned Frogs the early lead.
After Long Beach State (2-5) tied the score at 2-2 with two fourth-inning runs, TCU answered with two in the bottom of the fourth as Adam Oviedo and Boulware had run-scoring hits.
I think the Frogs are off the bubble, and should they win Tuesday, are into the tournament, no matter what happens in Lubbock and KC.
TCU, which has Kansas State at home Tuesday night and at Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon, could finish at or over .500 for the first time in the Big 12 (and in any other conference) since 2005 in Conference USA. They’ve already won as many games in the Big 12 than they had in the two previous seasons combined.
”We lost some tough ones early but I like where we’re at, considering we lost a player who was playing 35 minutes a game,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said, referring to point guard Jaylen Fisher’s season-ending injury. “We’re in a good spot right now, we’re playing our best basketball. Everybody else is speculating. It’s fun. We look at [the tournament], we challenge our guys with it, but we also don’t want to feel like we’ve accomplished something because we’ve got more to do.”
The Lady Frogs are on the bubble for March Madness, but a win over the Cowgirls would certainly help.
Know The Foe• TCU leads the league in free-throw percentage (.762).• Amy Okonkwo is also tops from the line at 90.1 percent.
OSU vs. TCU ... The Series• OSU holds a 10-5 advantage in the series.• The Cowgirls have won three in a row overall and are 7-1 all time at home against the Horned Frogs.
I think we could see 3-4 freshmen/redshirt freshmen in the two deep for teh secondary after spring ball.
Biggest unanswered question: Before spring practices even get going, TCU looks pretty solid at safety. Niko Small and Ridwan Issahaku are virtual locks to start Week 1 while Innis Gaines and Vernon Scott battle senior Markell Simmons for Nick Orr’s old spot. Ranthony Texada proved to be among the best cornerbacks in program history -- and there should be a battle this spring to replace him. Jeff Gladney, Julius Lewis (if healthy) and Tony James are all contenders, but their natural talent ceiling may not be as high as incoming CBs Atanza Vongor and Trevon Moehrig-Woodard. Vongor, the 4-star out of South Grand Prairie, is truly gifted and already projects to place ahead of Gladney on the depth chart as a sophomore. He could probably start now. Vongor and Moehrig-Woodard are also working with a size advantage that Texada never did and stand taller than TCU’s other options.