This was a must-win series for the Horned Frogs, who have been hanging by the slimmest of margins when it comes to the postseason. But after dropping the second game Saturday against Baylor, TCU’s likely only road to the Field of 64 will come via winning the Big 12 Tournament.
The Frogs fell behind 6-0 for the second consecutive game, as Baylor scored in four consecutive innings, starting with the third. It was a three run fourth that chased starter Sean Wymer, as Shea Langeliers homered for the second consecutive game to lead off the frame. Wymer allowed a pair of doubles around a fly out, and following that, a single and a sac fly made it a 4-0 ball game.
Unlike Friday night’s game, TCU actually got runners on base Saturday, collecting a hit in each of the first five frames. But, they didn’t threaten often early, when a Josh Watson double was sandwiched around a pair of walks. Unfortunately, the Frogs stranded all three runners when Michael Landestoy grounded out with two down to end the inning. The Frogs got on the board for the first time in the series in the seventh, when back to back doubles by Conner Shepherd and Coby Boulware broke the scoreless streak. They pushed run number two across on Josh Watson’s single to close the scoring.
Sean Wymer pitched just 3.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits (three earned), striking out two and walking one. Haylen Green came on in relief and allowed two runs (one earned) despite not allowing a hit, walking five in 2.1 frames and being dinged with an error. After James Notary faced one batter, issuing a walk, Cal Coughlin finished the final two innings. The Frogs had eight hits, four of them doubles, walked three times, and struck out five. Josh Watson was 4-4 with a double and an RBI, and Conner Shepherd had a multi-hit game as well.
The Frogs will try and salvage a win in Sunday’s finale, with Charles King taking the bump.