Ever have one of those super-productive weekends?
TCU just did in baseball.
The Horned Frogs swept a regular-season-ending series at Oklahoma, won the Big 12 title to lock up the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament, got their top setup reliever the weekend off, hit five home runs and kept their momentum and confidence high.
Preston Guillory got the save in Saturday’s 4-2 victory, the ninth consecutive win for the Horned Frogs, their 11th in a row and conference and fourth straight sweep of a Big 12 team.
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“We won baseball games in a lot of different ways,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said of the weekend in Norman, which included a comeback 5-4 victory on Thursday night to clinch the conference title and an 11-9 victory on Friday night. “Thursday night, we got out-hit by a bunch. It was one of those deals where you kind of hung around and took advantage of a mistake late. Friday was like one of those football games where you were worried whoever had the ball last was going to win, the way the wind was blowing out; sometimes you have those days where everything you put in play becomes a base hit.”
Saturday, senior second baseman Garrett Crain went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in support of Tyler Alexander (5-2), who went eight innings.
The Horned Frogs won each game in the series without using setup reliever Trey Teakell, who will have had 10 days between outings by the time the conference tournament begins.
“We needed Alexander to pitch deep into the game. He did exactly that,” Schlossnagle said. “And then Guillory, he’s really been a nice find here the second half of the season.”
In addition, the Horned Frogs got first baseman Jeremie Fagnan back healthy and into the lineup after he missed two weeks with a foot injury. He homered on Friday during TCU’s run of eight home runs in three games, which included two from Derek Odell and a game-tying blast in the seventh inning on Thursday from Keaton Jones.
“The first day was a little rough, just getting his timing back,” Schlossnagle said of Fagnan. “He had a good weekend, played well at first base. That was kind of the story of the weekend, the way the older guys played. Odell swung the bat, Crain obviously and Keaton. And Cody Jones has been doing it all year.”
Saturday, all four runs scored with two outs.
“The guys are confident, feeling good about themselves,” Schlossnagle said. “We just need to get home, have a day to get rest and then head back up this way.”
TCU (43-9) opens the Big 12 tournament in Tulsa on Wednesday with a 12:30 p.m. game against the No. 8 seed, which could be Texas, West Virginia, Baylor or Kansas. The Horned Frogs swept all four teams.
TCU has a practice scheduled Tuesday at ONEOK Field. Schlossnagle considered staying in Oklahoma, but decided it was too much time away from home.
“We’re planning on being in Tulsa for the rest of the week. We didn’t need to be here two extra days,” he said.
No matter how good the weekend.
Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407