A.J. Balta gave the Frogs the lead on Senior Day, and TCU never looked back en route to an 8-5 win.
Balta’s two-run blast came in the bottom of the third and gave TCU a 4-2 lead. The Mountaineers (26-23, 8-13 Big 12) quickly responded with an inside-the-park home run, but were unable to ever tie the game up after Balta’s go-ahead dinger.
Sean Wymer came in for five innings of relief pitching, and managed to hold the tying run in scoring position in a critical moment of the game.
Sean Wymer (5-3) stranded the tying run at third with his fourth strikeout of the game. He finished the game with six strikeouts in his five innings of work.
Track & Field
Scotty Newton set the top mark in the country for the triple jump this year on his way to his second Big 12 title in the event. Meanwhile, TCU’s 4x4 absolutely obliterated the competition.
TCU’s 4x400m tandem of Darrion Flowers, Derrick Mokaleng, Emmanuel Ogwo, and Kevin McClanahan won the title with a convincing 3:03.79 mark, defeating Texas Tech’s 3:05.28 mark. Texas Tech and Baylor came into the conference meet with the Big 12’s top two marks.
TCU swept Oregon to make it to the round of 16.
The Frogs (20-4) picked up win No. 20 on the season over the Ducks (18-10) by dominating every court across singles and doubles. The No. 6 pair of Guillermo Nuñez and Alex Rybakov made quick work on court one to start the match by getting their 13th straight victory over the season with a 6-1 win over No. 53 Thomas Laurent and Cormac Clissold. The doubles point was wrapped up for TCU on court two with Trevor Johnson and Reese Stalder picking up the 6-2 victory.
TCU continued to cruise in singles action by scoring the first set on the top four courts. No. 21 Rybakov was nearly unstoppable against No. 22 Laurent at the top position with a 6-1, 6-0 victory to put the Frogs up 2-0 in the match. Senior and No. 114 Nuñez capped off her four-year career at home with a straight-set win on court three in his final match on the TCU purple courts as the Frogs moved to within one point of the win. Stalder finished off the victory with his ninth straight win with a 6-4, 6-3 win on court four to send TCU into the next round.