TCU unravels with 5 errors in loss to Lamar in final home game, tuneup for Texas Tech

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle talked about his team going into Big 12 play.
TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle talked about his team going into Big 12 play. Special to the Star-Telegram

The TCU baseball team’s performance against Lamar on Tuesday night was not quite the tuneup for the Texas Tech series and the Big 12 Tournament that Horned Frogs coach Jim Schlossnagle was hoping for.

Three errors in the first four innings put the Horned Frogs in a hole and TCU dropped the final home game of the season to Lamar 10-5 in a nonconference matcup at Lupton Stadium.

Schlossnagle was ejected with two outs in the top of the eighth inning for arguing about the strike zone.

Lamar (17-33, 8-19 Southland) started quickly against Jared Janczak, who got the mid-week start for TCU (28-22, 10-11 Big 12).

Two singles and a throwing error by Janczak, on a sacrifice bunt attempt, loaded the bases.

Then a wild pitch followed by two consecutive RBI groundouts to second gave Lamar a 3-0 lead before the Horned Frogs came to bat.

The Cardinals made it 4-0 in the third when J.C. Correa doubled in Cole Girouard, who had doubled off the wall in right center earlier in the inning. Two errors and a passed ball by TCU in the fourth plated Lamar’s fifth run.

TCU center fielder Johnny Rizer got the Frogs on the board in the bottom of the fourth with his team-leading ninth home run of the season to lead off the inning. Rizer has four homers in the Frogs last seven games.

With two-out in the fourth, two Lamar pitchers walked five consecutive TCU batters and the Frogs cut the lead to 5-3.

Conner Shepherd, Adam Oviedo, and Zach Humphreys got free passes to load the bases. Josh Watson and Jake Guenther both had runs batted in on free passes.

Guenther’s walk extended his consecutive on-base streak to 50 games, which is the second-longest in the nation. The junior has reached base in every game this season.

The Cardinals answered with a run in the top of the fifth, three more in the eighth and one in the ninth.

The ninth inning run came on TCU’s fifth error of the game. The five gaffes tied a season high.

Humphreys singled and scored later on a wild pitch in the eighth. Watson followed with a walk and scored when Austin Henry blooped a single to center cutting the lead to 9-5.

But there was no Lupton Magic this night.

TCU has won five of its last eight and travels to Lubbock to end the Big 12 regular season with games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday against the Red Raiders. Texas Tech has won 11 of its past 12 games.

The Big 12 Tournament runs May 22-26 at Bricktown in Oklahoma City.

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