TCU baseball’s Jim Schlossnagle talks opening of Big 12 play
Thompson, the Frisco Liberty product, had just turned in his best pitching performance in more than a month, leading the Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the Frogs on Sunday afternoon.
“He was awesome,” Schlossnagle said. “That’s why I went over and shook his hand. I’m a pitching guy at heart. I can appreciate an unbelievable outing like that. It was fun to watch. That’s what I told our pitchers. If you couldn’t see it from the bullpen, you may want to sit down and watch that video.
“He was … multiple pitches for strikes. He pitched with great pace. He had great mentality. He was aggressive. He was awesome.”
Behind Thompson, Seton Hall (15-17) avoided being swept by TCU. The Frogs (22-12) won the first two games as part of a doubleheader on Friday.
But TCU never got comfortable against Thompson.
Thompson retired 12 of 13 batters when TCU’s Austin Henry drew a one-out walk in the seventh. Henry eventually scored on a two-out double by Adam Oviedo to pull the Frogs to within 6-3.
Oviedo’s double ended Thomspon’s day after 6 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk against TCU, one of the nation’s top offenses.
It was Thompson’s best outing since he threw 8 1/3 scoreless innings at Virginia on March 2.
“Today was about their guy,” Schlossnagle said. “We could’ve pitched with him, but he was awesome. He needs to get every ounce of credit. That’s a real pitching staff. They walked some guys, but they had real arms.”
Seton Hall reliever Hunter Waldis entered and issued a walk to Bobby Goodloe, but then ended TCU’s threat by striking out Hunger Wolfe.
TCU actually brought the game-tying run to the plate in the eighth. Jake Guenther had a one-out double, followed by a single by Alex Isola and a walk by Johnny Rizer to load the bases.
But Seton Hall’s Ryan McClinskey induced an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play by Henry to end the threat.
Seton Hall’s Corey Sawyer pitched around a one-out walk to close it in the ninth.
As far as TCU is concerned, it was another frustrating day on the mound.
Starter Brandon Williamson went five-plus innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks. He threw 93 pitches, 55 for strikes.
Williamson gave up a solo homer to Seton Hall’s Steve Grober to start what became a three-run sixth inning, and Seton Hall scored one more run in the eighth.
“From day to day, we never know what we’re getting except for when (Nick) Lodolo pitches,” Schlossnagle said. “The only thing that is consistent with our pitching staff is inconsistency.”
Schlossnagle ripped the pitching staff following a loss at Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, and expressed similar frustration with after another “speed bump baseball” game.
“It’s miserable to watch,” Schlossnagle said. “You saw how quick and rhythmic the top half of the innings were and how horrible the bottom were. There’s always people on base. We’re always behind in the count. It’s just disappointing.”
But Schlossnagle emphasized that the storyline Sunday should be Thompson and how well he pitched for Seton Hall. Schlossnagle just hopes his pitchers took note of it.
TCU next faces UT-Arlington on Tuesday at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington. TCU right-hander Jared Janczak is scheduled to start with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.