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TCU News: Frogs big inning keeps season alive; talking SMU (again)

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The offense lit up the Sooners in OKC to keep the Big 12 Tournament run alive.

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Baseball:

A 14-run 4th inning — yes, 14 — carries TCU baseball past Oklahoma in Big 12 tourney | The Star-Telegram

That was nuts.

But the story of the day was the offensive barrage during the fourth inning. It broke the previous high of runs scored in an inning during the Schlossnagle era (2003 and on), a 12-run inning against Baylor in 2006. It’s not yet known whether the program had ever scored more than 14 prior to Schlossnagle taking over.

But the Big 12 announced the inning set conference records for most runs (14), most RBIs (14) and most hits (11) in an inning. To put it in perspective, TCU’s football team scored 14 or fewer points in four games this season.

TCU sent 18 batters to the plate in the inning, combining to hit for the cycle twice as a team (four singles, two doubles, two triples, three home runs).

Big 12 baseball: TCU overcomes injuries as lineup comes alive against OU | The Norman Transcript

OU was dealing with some injury/illness issues too.

TCU (30-25) likely needs to win the Big 12 tournament to make a regional. With that in mind, it wasn’t hard for players to stay engaged with a 14-run lead.

“Knowing we’re one loss away from our season potentially being doing, you’ve got to stay in it,” junior first baseman Conor Shepherd said.

• Down and out: OU pitcher Levi Prater wasn’t himself while surrendering five runs on three hits in just 1/3 inning of relief. He was one of several Sooners who caught a virus that swept through the clubhouse recently.

“He lost 15 pounds from it,” OU coach Skip Johnson said. “It was a big-time virus. We had 4-5 of those guys. Wyatt [Olds] was the same way.”

Football:

Should TCU football keep scheduling SMU? Here’s why it’s the Horned Frogs’ best option | Sports Day

I would like to see this become a 2-1 or an every other year series - but only if the Frogs schedule good teams to replace it. Dropping the Ponies - a historical rival with a century of history - for, say, UNT or Tulsa, does nothing for me. Get a Houston or an Air Force or Boise State on the docket? I am all in.

With all due respect to an improving SMU program, what is TCU’s incentive to continue scheduling the Mustangs?

Carlton: For one, it’s a historical rival, one with decades of history. It’s an easy trip for TCU and its fans when the game is in Dallas. And SMU normally plays one of its better games against TCU -- although the Horned Frogs have dominated the series recently. If TCU were to drop SMU, would there be a more interesting replacement? TCU already has games locked into the next decade with power conference opponents. It also usually has a tune-up game against a FCS opponent. That leaves one game for a group of five opponent, which has traditionally been reserved for SMU. If not the Mustangs, who? North Texas? UTSA? Rice? UTEP? Tulsa? Right now, SMU seems like the best option.