The TCU bats showed signs of life Friday night against Oklahoma State. But it still wasn't enough against starter Andrew Heaney.
The left-hander held the Horned Frogs to two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings, and Cowboys reliever Chase Stevens snuffed out two separate TCU rallies in the late innings as Oklahoma State took Game 1 4-3 in front of 5,205 at Lupton Stadium.
It's the No. 21-ranked Frogs' fourth consecutive loss, their longest losing streak since May 2004.
TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle, who was in his first year then, tried to laugh off the offensive struggles of his young team.
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"At some point the game is going to turn for us," Schlossnagle said. "We all know we're banged up, but the guys who are in there are playing as hard as they can play."
Andrew Mitchell (0-2) took the loss for TCU (2-6). He allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings. Two homers, including Zach Fish's two-run shot to left with two outs in the third, did Mitchell in. Nick Frey (3 2/3), Justin Scharf (1 1/3) and Kevin Allen (1 1/3) held the Cowboys (6-4) scoreless the rest of the game.
Josh Elander had three of the Frogs' eight hits, including a home run and a triple.
"When you don't win it doesn't mean a darn thing," Elander said.
Twice Jason Coats, TCU's best hitter, was the go-ahead run at the plate. He struck him out to end the seventh with runners on second and third and grounded out to end the game with a runner on first.
"I have a team full of guys playing hard, they're coach-pleasers," Schlossnagle said. "That's a good thing, but there are times when you over try and there are points in the game when I think we're doing that. We have to create our own luck."
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760