TCU’s bats came to life in a big way on Thursday afternoon as the Frogs defeated Oklahoma 15-3 to eliminate the Sooners from the Big 12 tournament. Meanwhile, TCU now moves along in the elimination bracket, surviving for at least another day.
The Frogs used a 14-run fourth inning, yeah you read that right, to establish an insurmountable lead. Here’s how the inning broke down.
Let's go inside the fourth inning:— TCU Baseball (@TCU_Baseball) May 23, 2019
1⃣8⃣ men to the plate
3⃣ home runs
Josh Watson 2-for-2 with 4 RBI
Conner Shepherd 2-for-2 with 2 RBI
Zach Humphreys 2-for-2 with 3 RBI#GoFrogs
TCU batted around TWICE in the inning, during which every person in the lineup reached safely and scored at least once. Josh Watson hit a grand slam, while Johnny Rizer and Zach Humphreys both hit two-run shots.
The Frogs scored five runs before the first out, four more with one out, and five more with two outs.
The Frogs also made Oklahoma pay for multiple mistakes. TCU walked three times and watched the Sooners commit two errors, as the Sooners went through three different pitchers in the inning.
All in all, this inning broke multiple Big 12 records and tied a couple others. Here’s the list:
Records BROKEN for an inning courtesy of @TCU_Baseball— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) May 23, 2019
⚾️ Runs: 1⃣4⃣
⚾️ RBIs: 1⃣4⃣
⚾️ Hits: 1⃣1⃣
In addition, the Horned Frogs tied the record for Home Runs in an inning (3⃣) and At-Bats (1⃣5⃣)‼️ #Big12BSB pic.twitter.com/rVorOqs2jm
The guy who benefited from all this scoring the most? Starting pitcher Charles King. King went 5.2 innings, allowing just one run on seven hits, and was probably the most relaxed guy at the ballpark today after the Frogs walloped Oklahoma in the fourth.
Spencer Arrighetti and Augie Mihlbauer (both of whom have fewer letters in their last names than the Frogs scored runs in the fourth inning) closed out the game for the Frogs, with Arrighetti allowing two runs (one earned), and Mihlbauer recording the final out.
Mercifully, for Oklahoma at least, the game lasted just seven innings before the Big 12 Tournament run-rule kicked in.
The Frogs will now play Friday night at 7pm, and face the loser of tonight’s Baylor-Oklahoma State matchup. First pitch for the Bears and Cowboys is scheduled for 7:30, but thus far the second game of each session has started much later than the scheduled time.
Brandon Williamson is the likely starter for TCU on Friday.