The Frogs’ tourney hopes are on life support after their third straight loss... this makes road games at WVU and Texas must-wins.
Monday, the Cowboys overcame that lack of depth. They made seven of their first nine 3-point attempts, the latter four coming as part of a 16-0 run. Trailing 12-9, Likekele tied the game with a 3. Waters supplied another, then Dziagwa sank one. After Likekele drew a foul on a layup and made a foul shot, he later connected with Waters at the top of the key, where Waters buried another 3 and was fouled. The ensuing free throw gave OSU a 25-12 lead.
The Horned Frogs (17-9, 5-8) answered with nine straight points as OSU missed five straight 3-point attempts, but Demuth tipped in the last miss to end the TCU run.
Once more, a Dziagwa 3 pushed OSU’s lead to double digits, and the Cowboys took a 39-30 lead into halftime, their first time leading at the break since a Jan. 26 victory over South Carolina and their first time doing so in a Big 12 game since Jan. 23 against Oklahoma.
“We earned this W,” Dziagwa said.
The hitting was great, but man, that pitching has to have folks excited.
Lefthander Brandon Williamson, who on Sunday was the beneficiary of the offensive onslaught against Vanderbilt, said TCU wasn’t going to let Friday’s loss fester.
”Our motto for the year is ‘Something to prove,’” he said. “When you come out like that and get shut out right away, it said a lot about our team whether we were going to roll over or pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and get back after it. Not for once did we think we were out of it. We knew what we had and what we needed to do.”
Williamson, one of TCU’s key junior college transfers, combined with righthander Jake Eissler to shut down Vanderbilt’s potent offense. Williamson, who last year ranked No. 168 on the BA 500, struck out seven batters in 3.2 innings, and Eissler held Vanderbilt to one run on three hits and a walk in 5.1 innings to finish the game.
Williamson joins lefthander Nick Lodolo, a Preseason All-American, and veteran righthander Jared Janczak in what could be one of the best rotations in the country. He showed his potential on Sunday, throwing his fastball in the low 90s and mixing in a good slider.
Seeing the young guys succeed against top-flight opposition was a ton of fun.
“You can take a lot of confidence from a weekend like this when you have success,” Schlossnagle said. “The beauty of playing this kind of competition in this setting is you expose your team, anything you don’t do well, it’s going to get exposed. You learn more about your team than you would playing against a lighter schedule.”
The schedule eases up a bit from here as TCU heads home for four games against Abilene Christian and Grand Canyon.
”Kids today, they know who the good teams are, and they want to play the good teams and they want to play in the great venues,” Schlossngale said. “That’s part of the reason why they chose to come to TCU.”
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While on the visit Williams picked up an offer from the Frogs, giving him his first offer from the P5 program. For Williams, it was a complete shock.
“My thoughts were that like, it was so surreal, and it felt amazing,” Williams said. “Coach Patterson told me in his office and he told me that they’re offering me as a quarterback.”
TCU is a program that has caught Williams’ attention for several years for several reasons.
“I love TCU as a program; I have been a fan of them since [Trevone] Boykin went there,” he said. “I love their uniforms, and how the coaching staff has all been there for about five plus years.”