TCU thumped Texas Tech (and got help from 14 walks by Tech pitchers) 12-2 in a 7-inning game shortened by a run rule. A big second inning put TCU ahead to stay, as the Frogs cruised to the second round of the tournament. TCU is now 3-1 against Texas Tech this season.
The Frogs scored six runs in the second inning, including four runs against starting pitcher Ryan Sublette, who was replaced without recording an out in the second inning. He allowed just one hit but walked five, including a bases-loaded walk to Adam Oviedo that pushed across the first run. Conner Shepherd’s two-run single made it 3-0 and A.J. Balta’s bases-clearing double to left-center field made it 6-0.
The Frogs take on the Mountaineers in round 2, tonight at 7:30 pm.
For the first time, all four lower seeds won their matchups in the opening day of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship. In the second session, No. 7 West Virginia collected an 8-5 win over No. 2 Oklahoma State, while No. 6 TCU upended No. 3 Texas Tech, 12-2, in seven innings. TTU and OSU will face off in an elimination game on Thursday at 12:30 p.m., while WVU and TCU play at 7:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
TCU’s bats will be the main story, after the Frogs scored 12 runs in 7 innings, but TCU’s pitching also contributed to the run-rule.
Lodolo (7-4) limited the Red Raiders to just two runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked four. Charles King fanned four and allowed just three hits in two innings of work. Trey Morris came on and recorded the final out of the game.