The Frogs will still be a Top 8 seed, but Texas has passed them when it comes to the rankings.
After winning Game 1 - 5-4 - in a thrilla and after losing Game 2 - 2-1 - in a thrilla, the Longhorns demolished TCU 9-3 on Sunday in Game 3 to take the series 2-1.
More importantly, Texas (38-12, 15-6 Big 12) scored a head-to-head win over the Horned Frogs (34-12, 16-5) in a series that will likely impact top eight seeding (and the right to host a super regional) in the postseason.
“I’ll put our resume up against anyone else in the country,” Texas coach David Pierce said after Sunday’s win.
Texas pitching was elite over the weekend.
David Pierce’s team delivered in a series that the Texas coach presented as “truly an opportunity to play in a super regional setting and face the challenges going in on the road and seeing what we’re made of.”
Texas won 5-4 and lost 2-1 in the first two games. Then came the finale when Zach Zubia had two homers and drove in four runs and Pete Hansen delivered another dominant start.
Vongor finds another Power Five home.
Enter Atanza Vongor. However you characterize the Buffs’ depth on defense last year, TCU’s depth was the opposite of that. They were LOADED in the defensive backfield. Vongor, an imposing presence at safety, was stuck between two NFL Draft picks at safety for the Horned Frogs, and after an unexpected redshirt year in 2019 and spot minutes last year, he is seeking greener pastures.
The 6’2 thumper had offers from just about everybody out of high school in Texas, including Alabama. As a prospect, he was raw but showed unreal athleticism and a real nose for the ball. He comes to Boulder with much less established competition for playing time at safety/Buffbacker, with Lewis, Mark Perry and freshmen like Toren Pittman and Trustin Oliver vying for playing time.
Some good nuggets, as always, from JC.
Who are you most excited about on defense?
I really like the defensive line and the depth that it has. On paper, this could be one of the better defensive line groups in the Patterson era. They just have to put it on the field on Saturday’s. I think Khari Coleman is going to have another big season.
What do you think will be the most obvious offensive strategy change we as fans will see?
I think we will see more passes over the middle and more play action this season. In the limited time we saw Duggan in the “spring scrimmage” I definitely saw more passes over the middle and play action designs.