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Swept: TCU Baseball falls 4-3 to Baylor

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The Frogs haven’t been swept often in Big 12 play, but the struggled continued in Waco Sunday.

Melissa Triebwasser

TCU Baseball did something Sunday that they hadn’t done all series against the Baylor Bears - take a lead. But they were not able to hold it down the stretch, and the Frogs leave Waco as the victims of a very painful sweep with Sunday’s 4-3 defeat at the hands of the rival Bears.

The Frogs did a lot of things wrong against the Bears over the weekend, but once again, it was errors that loomed largest. TCU committed seven errors total across three games - two each by Coby Boulware, Adam Oviedo, and Conner Shepherd, as well as a throwing error by Charles King. They committed three of those errors in Sunday’s game, the big one coming in a two run sixth that gave the Bears a lead they would hold the rest of the way.

Shea Langeliers was a difference maker in the finale as well - the catcher who put two over the wall, one each in the first two games, was a long ball away from the cycle Sunday, going 3-4 and scoring two runs. Langeliers alone had more extra base hits the entirety of the TCU lineup, who had eight hits on the day, but nothing more harmful than a single.

TCU got on the board in the top of the first inning with two outs, as back to back singles by AJ Balta and Michael Landestoy, with the help of a wild pitch, got the Frogs started. Baylor tied things up at one apiece in the bottom of the third, after a leadoff single and a couple of sacrifice grounders put the a runner in scoring position for Wendzel, who delivered with an RBI base knock. The Frogs got back in business half an inning later, striking for a pair to get back on top. Back to back walks by Landestoy and Johnny Rizer preceded a Zach Humphreys single, loading the bases. Landestoy scored on Shepherd’s sac fly, and the second run of the inning came across on an Adam Oviedo walk/wild pitch. Baylor got back within one in the bottom of the inning when Langeliers tripled and scored on a ground out.

Chuck King went the first five frames, allowing two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out one. Jake Eissler relieved him and allowed a single and a double, charged for one of the two runs that came across in the inning. Cal Coughlin closed out the sixth, as the Bears pushed the winning run across after a throwing error on a fielder’s choice ball by Boulware. Durbin Feltman got some work in as well, pitching a three up, three down eighth.

Landestoy and Humphreys had two hits a piece for the Frogs, who got the tying run to third in the top of the ninth, but couldn’t get Boulware home after his leadoff single. It was a much better effort for TCU than the two first games of the series, but the Frogs still stranded eight runners and committed three errors. It was a bad series loss, a devastating series sweep, and puts the Frogs in a terrible position with just three conference series left to play.

TCU falls to 6-8 in Big 12 play, which puts them fifth in the conference, and 19-17 overall. They return to action Tuesday at Lupton Stadium as they host SFA.