With the last conference series win coming against Kansas on March 29th, the Oklahoma Sooners are a team struggling to stay above the .500 mark. Only four games remain on the schedule (3 conference games) while OU has the potential to earn the sixth seed in the Big XII Tournament. However, they need some significant help.
Here's what happened over the weekend...
Game 1 | OU - 2, TCU - 10
Craig Aikin has come alive as of late and continued his ways getting on base as the leadoff hitter. With only one out, Sheldon Nuese stepped up to the plate. The result was a single putting runners on the corners. Oklahoma's heavy hitter, Mac James came through as well with a base knock to score Aikin. Finally, Austin O'Brien blasted a double into the outfield as James came charging in toward the plate. Unfortunately, he was thrown out at home but not before a run scored ahead of him. Jumping out to an early 2-0 lead after one inning, the Sooners appeared to be in the driver seat.
Then all went quiet.
While TCU threatened to score on several occasions, the damage was not done until the fifth inning. Pushing four runs across the plate, momentum swung in favor of the Horned Frogs who kept their foot on the gas. Despite giving up 10 hits, this ball club ousted their opponent by a final of 10-2.
Game 2 | OU - 7, TCU - 5 (11 Innings)
Determined to force a rubber match, the Sooners turned to freshman pitcher, Jake Elliot. The move produced a five inning outing while only giving up two hits before being pulled in a tied game at 0-0. Biding their time and playing solid defense, Oklahoma struck first before eventually building a five run lead in the top of the ninth inning.
When all hope seemed to be lost, the Horned Frogs found something to cling to. Against all odds, TCU tied the ball game at five a piece before the final out of the inning was record as fans were treated to a bit of free baseball.
Getting thing started in the 11th and decisive inning was Kolbey Carpenter who ripped a single to center field before advancing to second on a walk. Taylor Alspaugh had the potential to be the hero in this situation with one out and a runner in scoring position. Stepping up to the plate, Alspaugh knocked a single to right as Carpenter attempted to end the game. Instead, the toss beat Carpenter to the plate for the second out.
Eventually, the downfall of TCU's pitcher Ferrell would be a few wild pitches letting two Sooners cross the plate. Those two runs became the game winning runs as Nuese closed out the game on the mound behind a scoreless 2.2 inning performance to earn his first win.
Rubber Match | OU -1, TCU - 9
On Sunday, it was TCU and more TCU. Chasing Adam Choplick off the mound in the second inning, it became apparent that the Horned Frogs were here for the win. With the bases loaded and no outs, four runs crossed the plate during the action in the second. Defensively, the Horned Frogs played flawlessly behind the pitcher, Alexander. In 8 innings, Alexander surrender just five hits and one run with no walks.
Looking to take the series, TCU rattled off five more runs in the fourth inning to break the contest open.
Oklahoma returns to action against Dallas Baptist on Tuesday with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30 PM.