Sean Wymer looked like... well... Sean Wymer Sunday as the Frogs overwhelmed Kansas State to complete the sweep Sunday afternoon.
“I think it shows us how good we are and how good we can be when we just play fundamental baseball,” said TCU catcher Zach Humphreys said. “We weren’t playing very good, we had a lot of errors, we weren’t pitching it very well, weren’t hitting it very well. It just shows if everyone does their part we have a chance to be really good. I think it gave everybody a look into that. OK, we’re good baseball players. We can do this. If we just keep playing sound, fundamental baseball we can go a long way.”
Especially with this pitching staff, which is due to get reliever Cal Coughlin back this week from an injury.
The combination of Jordan Moore and a stingy TCU zone defense was too much for the Coyotes on their home floor Sunday night.
“TCU did a great job of mixing up their zone and playing I don’t know how many different zones in that second half — forcing us to just make reads on offense and switch up our offense every single possession,” Bradley said.
The Horned Frogs also got a big game from center Jordan Moore, who finished the game with 26 points on 11 of 13 shooting from the field.
“She was more than a handful for us,” Plitzuweit said. “She was a player that we just unfortunately could not compete with tonight — not from a lack of effort, but just from a lack of physical size and ability.”
The Frogs travel to Indiana next to play a Hoosiers team that has not yet had to travel during their NIT run.
“This is one of the toughest games we’ve had to play,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “We feel very fortunate to get out of this arena with a win. I think our team was able to feed of that energy.”
The Frogs (23-12) have never been this deep in the postseason. They reached the WNIT quarterfinals in 2008 when it took two wins in a 48-team bracket. They’ve won four games this season and are one win from advancing to the WNIT championship. West Virginia hosts Virginia Tech at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the other semifinal. The Mountaineers (25-11) finished a game behind the Frogs in the Big 12 standings.
GP has always been well-respected by Texas HS coaches, and he returns the favor.
“He’s a legend,” Patterson said. “He’s meant so much to Texas high school football. The way he’s always conducted himself. If you watch really closely you can learn a lot from him.”
Allen, who won 376 games (fourth-most in Texas), would come over to Fort Worth to visit with Patterson and the TCU coaching staff each spring. Allen, 68, was a head coach for 37 years, including stints at Ballinger, Brownwood and his alma mater Abilene Cooper.
”What can you say about a guy,” Patterson said. “[Highland Park] has always been a tough job because of different reasons and he’s always managed it really well. And he won championships. I wish him luck.”
Patterson, 58, has been coaching since 1982 when he was a graduate assistant at his alma mater Kansas State. He’s been the head coach at TCU since December 2000.