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TCU Horned Frogs Outlast Oklahoma Sooners 4-3 In Extra Innings

Rich DeCray

After taking a series over a top ten program this past weekend, the Oklahoma Sooners looked to keep things rolling against the No. 4 TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth. Unfortunately, things would not pan out as OU had hoped on the road eventually falling 4-3 in extra innings.

The Sooners entered the game with an all business mentality. Collecting a few hits, Sheldon Nuese drove in Taylor Alspaugh from second to plate the first run of the evening in the top of the first inning. Assuming the defense would hold, the offense appeared ready to tackle any challenge before them.

After three scoreless innings, things slowly turned sour for pitcher Jeffery Curran who loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth with two outs. Looking for the final out, the lefty walked in a run to even the score. The senior finished the evening after 4.0 IP with three runs on five hits and two walks.

On the flip side of the equation, Tyler Alexander settled into a rhythm on the mound for the Horned Frogs. The effort produced three hitless innings allowing the home team to gain control of the game. Building a bit of momentum off the defensive performance, Cody Jones of TCU sent one over the fence to take a one run lead. Before Curran finished the day, Texas Christian found themselves clinging to a 3-1 lead at the end of the fifth. All eyes turned toward Alexander and how long his arm would last.

Dipping into the bullpen in the eighth inning, TCU pulled Trey Teakell to the mound as Oklahoma once again found their offense. The reigning player of the week, Kolbey Carpenter starting things off with a single followed by a blooper from Alspaugh. A sac-bunt and error scored Carpenter while putting runners on the corners. Under the pressure, Teakell was called for a balk sending Alspaugh home knotting up the score at 3-3 in the top of the eighth with no outs. Yet, no more damage could be done.

The game entered extra innings as Alspaugh made a diving catch in right center to give Oklahoma another opportunity.

The Sooners had the chance to strike first in extras with a two out rally. Now with Nuese and Anthony Hermelyn on base, Tyler Coolbaugh stepped up to bat. After four hard hit balls, a grounder to first ended the threat allowing the Horned Frogs to take over.

Behind a single and an error, TCU managed to put runners on the corners with a single out in the bottom of the 10th inning. All it took was a well placed ball up the middle to end it. The folks from Fort Worth certainly got their money's worth in a game full of drama.