The Frogs did what they needed to do in taking the opener Friday night.
TCU scored three runs in the first inning and then answered No. 4 Texas Tech’s rally with two more in the bottom of the fifth to secure a 6-4 win over the Red Raiders in the opener of a three-game Big 12 series at Lupton Field on Friday.
Nick Lodolo started and lasted into the fifth inning for TCU (21-17, 7-8 Big 12) but the win went to Sean Wymer who pitched one-hit ball over 3 2/3 innings, striking out five.
A.J. Balta led the assault at the plate with two hits, including a two-run homer in the key fifth inning that put TCU back on top 5-4.
Wymer went back to the pen, and back to his old ways. That’s a good thing for TCU.
So, as the Frogs and Red Raiders were knotted up at 3-3 in the fifth inning with Tim Tadlock’s Tech team seizing the momentum, TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle decided to shake things up. The Frogs had to escape the inning without major damage. The solution? Insert righthander Sean Wymer and hope he returns to his old form.
Though Wymer allowed a sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run to start his relief performance, he was phenomenal the rest of the way, and the Frogs got a two-run home run from AJ Balta and another run in the eighth in a 6-4 win over Texas Tech.
“His breaking ball early in his outing was closer to what it was last year,” Schlossnagle said. “It didn’t get there late, but I thought the life on his pitches was a lot better for the most part. The goal was not keep him in the bullpen moving forward. The point of it was to put him back out there and remind him of who he is.”
Noteboom joins one of the youngest, most promising teams in the NFL.
The 6-foot-5, 306-pound Noteboom said he was excited about joining the Rams and playing for coach Sean McVay.
“It’s fantastic just knowing all the pieces they’ve added, what a great young team it is,” Noteboom said during a teleconference. “And Coach McVay. I think it’s the perfect spot.”
Noteboom is expected to learn at the elbow of veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth, a Pro Bowl selection last season at age 35.
“I know a lot about Whitworth, watched a lot of him,” Noteboom said. “I’m excited. I’m taking everything he’s telling me. That’s perfect I learn from a pro bowler.”
TCU continues to try and stay ahead of the game when it comes to fan experience.
“If being in a Power 5 conference and being in the Big 12 is one of the most important things that we can do as a university, then how do you do that,” Donati posited. “Well, you win the national championship. That’s what Gary [Patterson] is setting out to do.
”What can I do to show a huge commitment to our football program? And that would be this. I tell people this all the time: I can’t guarantee this keeps us in the Big 12 but this is the best thing to ensure that we do.”
About 100 donors have combined to get Donati’s team to the $50 million mark. The lowest contribution one can donate for two of the lower end club seats is $12,500 over five years.
While some of the same, well-heeled names are involved, Donati said a new generation of TCU alumnus are stepping up and assuming a bigger donor roll.
”It’s great for TCU, great for the future of TCU,” he said. “If you’re a TCU alumnus you’ve got to be pretty excited about that. There’s a next generation of men and women in their 30s and 40s who will be called upon to be that next group and we’ve done a really good job of identifying those people and they’re participating. They’re making six- and seven-figure commitments that is really going to push this thing forward.”