The Frogs’ power surge wasn’t enough.
TCU opened the scoring in the top of the second. Alex Isola singled and moved to second on a walk to Conner Shepherd. Adam Oviedo single to center to drive in Isola for a 1-0 lead. Dallas Baptist responded in the bottom of the inning, picking up a run on two hits. The Patriots first run scored on a wild pitch, followed by an infield single that made it a 2-1 lead. Isola put the Frogs on top, 3-2, with a two-out base hit in the third only to see the Patriots tie the game again in the bottom of the fourth as a lead-off double eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. Conner Shepherd’s two-out home run in the fifth gave the Frogs a 4-3 lead, but again the Patriots had an answer. A bases-loaded wild pitch brought home two runs and a base hit followed to cap a three-run inning that gave DBU a 6-4 lead. Back-to-back home runs from Josh Watson and Jake Guenther tied the game, but again, the Patriots responded. With two outs, a bases-loaded hit batter put the Patriots back on top. A dropped fly ball cleared the bases and Dallas Baptist was up 10-6.
Sounds like everything is hunky dory in CowTown.
Dixon doesn’t like talking publicly about job openings at other schools, and maintained that policy in an extended conversation Tuesday afternoon. But Dixon made it clear that he is pleased to still be coaching at TCU.
“I’m very happy,” said Dixon, who planned to spend Tuesday evening with assistants Ryan Miller and Duane Broussard and their families.
“We’ve always been happy. That’s the thing -- we’ve been happy the day we got here. We’ve been happy for three years now and nothing’s changed.
“I didn’t need to be more happier, if that’s a phrase, but I think that fits best in describing it. We’ve always been happy and continue to be so, and look forward to be so.”
That East Coast pipeline is poppin’, apparently.
“Coach Thomsen is a great coach and really knows how to develop guys to not only make it, but dominate at the pro level,” he said.
In addition to TCU Barlow holds offers from Auburn and Virginia Tech among others. He recently visited LSU this past Friday. As for a decision, one could be coming very soon.
“I plan on announcing maybe in two weeks,” Barlow said.
Barlow is rated as the No. 50 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 12 overall player from the state of Virginia according to the 247Sports composite rankings. TCU currently has two commitments for their 2020 recruiting class which currently sits at No. 7 in the Big 12 and No. 57 in the national team rankings according to the composite ranking.
Banogu could be a good fit in Pittsburg alongside some of their other young, talented defenders.
Banogu (6-3, 250) had 17 sacks over his final two college seasons after transferring from Louisiana-Monroe. He was named first-team all-Big 12 as a senior last fall.
Banogu is expected to be selected in the middle rounds of the draft.
The Steelers have brought in 23 players for top-30 visits in the past week. They are allowed to bring in 30 prospects before the draft. All visits must be concluded by the end of next week.
This is why Turp wasn’t allowed to participate in TCU’s Pro Day apparently. Hopefully he gets things righted.
TCU did not allow him to participate in its Pro Day last month, and he held his own at Paschal High School afterward. Several of Turpin’s former teammates showed up in support.
Turpin impressed with his speed and agility, and is hopeful a team will give him an opportunity. Getting his legal issues resolved favorably is a must for him to pursue a professional career.
Turpin, a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands, is TCU’s all-time leader in return touchdowns. At 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, his size is not ideal for the pro level. That, coupled with the legal problems, leaves Turpin as a long shot to get drafted later this month.
But NFL teams covet speed, and have shown a willingness to take bring in players with red flags.
Turpin worked out for four teams at his own Pro Day, including the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins, and had a workout scheduled with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this month.
Dave Roditi has his guys rolling.
The two teams split first sets across the six singles matches as A&M secured straight set wins on courts two and three while TCU captured court six in straight sets. No. 40 Valentin Vacherot evened the team score at one-all with a 6-3, 6-4 win on court three over TCU’s Reese Stalder. The win was the 13th in Vacherot’s last 14 matches, including a perfect 10-0 mark against SEC opponents.
The Horned Frogs regained the lead, 2-1, as Fomba bested Schachter 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 on court five. Moments later TCU pushed A&M to the brink of defeat as Jong topped A&M’s Guido Marson 7-5, 6-4 on court six.
Facing elimination, A&M’s Barnaby Smith outlasted TCU’s Bertus Kruger 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on court four to pull A&M within one at 3-2. Smith has won nine of his last 11 matches and improved to 17-3 in dual matches this season, topping his 13 dual wins from a season ago.
A&M’s Carlos Aguilar, ranked No. 56, earned an impressive 7-6, 7-5 win over No. 20 Alastair Gray on court two to even the team match, 3-3. Aguilar defeated Gray for the second consecutive season after earning a 6-2, 6-4 victory last season in College Station. The win equaled Aguilar’s highest ranked win of his career, he topped then-No. 20 Emil Reinberg of Georgia last month.