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Texas' sweep of TCU puts Horned Frogs into postseason bind

Texas' Kody Clemens holds (No. 2) and Brandon Ivey (46) hoist the Big 12 championship trophy after the Longhorns swept TCU with a 7-3 win Saturday at Disch-Falk Field in Austin. The Horned Frogs finished in fifth place at 10-13 in the Big 12, their first losing conference record since 2000.
Texas' Kody Clemens holds (No. 2) and Brandon Ivey (46) hoist the Big 12 championship trophy after the Longhorns swept TCU with a 7-3 win Saturday at Disch-Falk Field in Austin. The Horned Frogs finished in fifth place at 10-13 in the Big 12, their first losing conference record since 2000. Austin American-Statesman

This is not what TCU needed.

The Horned Frogs were swept by No. 19 Texas at Disch-Falk Field in Austin on Saturday afternoon and finished with their first losing conference record in 18 years.

The Horned Frogs were in dire need of a series win to close out the regular season with some momentum and more importantly, an improved ratings percentage index rating.

The Frogs are No. 65 according to one live RPI site after Saturday's 7-3 loss.

That means TCU (30-22, 10-13 Big 12) is likely to be forced to win the Big 12 tournament next week to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA field of 64. At the very least, it seems, the Frogs would need to reach the championship game to earn an at-large bid.

The Big 12 tournament begins Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

The selection committee could still give TCU a nod based on its reputation, which includes four consecutive trips to the College World Series and 13 NCAA tournament appearances in coach Jim Schlossnagle's 14 previous seasons.

The only year TCU did not earn a berth was in 2013, the Frogs' first season in the Big 12. They went 29-28 overall and 12-12 in the conference that season.

Their 10-13 conference record is their worst in the Big 12 and first losing league record since going 12-18 in the Western Athletic Conference in 2000.

The Longhorns (37-18, 17-7) clinched the Big 12 regular-season title with the sweep, finishing a game ahead of Oklahoma State, which was swept at home by Texas Tech.

Texas scored twice in the first inning against TCU starter Haylen Green on Kody Clemens' two-run homer. Clemens homered twice in Texas' Friday night win, including a two-run, walk-off homer in the ninth inning.

The Frogs tied it at 2-2 with runs in the third and fourth inning but the Horns scored five in the bottom of the fourth to rebuild a five-run lead. The first three batters reached on a double, single and triple to start the fourth, which chased Green from the game.

Duke Ellis' two-run double to left against Caleb Sloan capped the scoring and made it 7-2.

Green took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits in three innings.

Clemens had three home runs, six RBIs and scored four runs in the three-game series.

TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle wasn't happy with how the Frogs played Friday in a series opener vs. West Virginia. The Frogs are 8-10 in Big 12 play.

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