TCU baseball survives against Oklahoma State

TCU finished the first two weeks of its season Sunday. The Horned Frogs didn't so much play 10 games as they survived them.

The No. 22-ranked Frogs were in full survival mode against Oklahoma State in front of 4,414 at Lupton Stadium.

TCU (4-6) took two of three in the series after coming from behind to win 6-5 in 10 innings by scoring a run in each of the last two innings.

After allowing the Cowboys two unearned runs in the fourth inning, the Frogs finally took advantage of a huge Oklahoma State blunder in the ninth to tie the game. Davy Wright, on second after a walk and sacrifice bunt, scored with two outs when catcher Jared Womack dropped Jason Coats' harmless pop-up in front of the mound for what would have been the game-ending out.

Wright was hustling the whole play and had to step over the deflected ball before reaching home plate.

In the 10th, Wright's two-out double off the wall in left scored Jerrick Suiter from first for the winning run. Suiter singled to right to set up the game-winner.

"Some people will call that luck, but I don't think that's luck," TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "If we hadn't kept the game close, the catcher dropping the pop-up wouldn't have meant anything."

Oklahoma State (6-6) had the tying run at third with two outs in the 10th before Kaleb Merck earned the win by forcing two flyouts to right.

The Frogs, already without three starters, lost Kyle Von Tungeln after a pickoff throw hit his helmet in the first inning. Von Tungeln scored on the play after the ball caromed into the outfield.

Josh Elander also scored on a passed ball in the inning to give TCU a 2-1 lead. With Von Tungeln out, TCU was forced to shake up the outfield, moving Coats from left to center and Elander from catcher to right.

"We've got guys playing out of position all over the field," said Schlossnagle, whose team has won two in a row after its first four-game slide since 2004 and hosts Baylor on Tuesday. "If the leadoff spot had come back up we'd had the pitcher hit. We're running out of players fast, but hopefully we get some back in the next week or 10 days."

Wright said, "It hadn't been going our way lately, but Coach told us yesterday that somebody is going to get a big hit, something is going to happen, and everybody is going to take a deep breath."

Stefan Stevenson


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