TCU baseball loses to Oklahoma in extra innings, 4-3

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    The Oklahoma Sooners took a 4-3 walk-off win in the 10th inning to sweep the TCU Horned Frogs – marking the third time TCU has been swept this season. 

    TCU began the year with a road sweep loss to Ole Miss and a home sweep loss to Cal State Fullerton.

    Sunday’s 10 inning game was the second extra innings loss TCU participated in over the weekend, leaving the Frogs 1-3 in extra inning games this season.

    Sunday’s game saw junior righty Andrew Mitchell return to the starting rotation for the first time since the NCAA regional after he started the year as a closer. Mitchell went for 4.2 innings, allowing one run on six hits. He also walked one and struck out six.

    Junior right-hander Nick Frey came in for 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on five hits. Freshman righty Riley Ferrell got the loss after he allowed one run on one hit in a third of an inning.

    Sooner first baseman Matt Oberste had a lead-off single in the top of the 10th, moving to third on a sacrifice and a passed ball. Left fielder Hunter Haley drove him in with a single to center to end the game with a 4-3 Sooner walk-off win.

    A couple free bases set up the Horned Frogs’ scoring. Junior catcher Kyle Bacak, the first batter, was hit on the arm before sophomore center fielder Cody Jones worked an eight-pitch walk, putting two on base. Freshman left fielder Boomer White hit a sacrifice to advance both runners. Senior third baseman Jantzen Witte then hit an RBI sacrifice fly to right field.

    A two-out single from junior second baseman Paul Hendrix brought around Jones for the second run and gave Hendrix a career-high third hit in a game.

    After TCU got into to a two-out hole in the top of the fourth, junior right fielder Brett Johnson had an infield single to reach base safely. Bacak had a single through the right side that ended in a throwing error from Sooner right fielder Max White that sailed into the Sooner dugout allowed Johnson to score from first.

    TCU had a 3-0 lead after the fourth inning, before Oklahoma started its offense. A lead-off single, sacrifice and another single in the fifth allowed Oklahoma to get its first run on the board.

    The Sooners came back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. After a single and a hit batter, catcher Anthony Hermalyn doubled to left center to bring both runners home with one out. Frey struck out the next batter and forced a ground out to end the inning.

    TCU falls to 9-14 overall and 1-5 in league play. The Frogs return home briefly for a Tuesday night match-up against Dallas Baptist.

    Game time against the Patriots is set for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.

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