TCU junior lefty Alex Young (4-1) had his worst game as a starter. He gave up six runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched. He also had two walks, a wild pitch and a balk in his first loss of the season.
With two outs in the top of the third, Oklahoma State hammered Young for six runs, all of them unearned thanks to two errors by TCU’s senior third baseman Derek Odell.
The Frogs had a bad day in the field. TCU senior shortstop Keaton Jones had his first error of the season in the top of the seventh. That made it three errors in the game for the Horned Frogs.
On Odell’s second error, TCU sophomore first baseman Elliott Barzilli got hit in the arm by the runner and came out of the game. He was replaced by senior Jeremie Fagnan. Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle said that he wasn’t sure what happened out there.
“He did something to his shoulder or elbow in that collision. He’s pretty sore right now,” Schlossnagle said. “He’ll get to see the doctor tomorrow and we’ll have him evaluated.”
TCU sophomore righty Brian Howard came in for Young in the top of the third and did well for the Frogs. He pitched the next 4 1/3 innings and gave up zero runs on two hits. He also had two strikeouts on the day.
The loss makes the Frogs 17-4 on the season and 4-2 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma State moves to 16-7 and 2-1 in the Big 12 thanks to a dominant performance from their starting pitcher.
Oklahoma State senior lefty Michael Freeman (4-0) dominated the Frogs from the beginning to the end. He pitched a complete game and gave up two runs, one unearned, on six hits. He also recorded nine strikeouts. Schlossnagle gave credit to his performance after the game.
“You got to tip your cap today to Freeman. He was outstanding,” Schlossnagle said. “He’s made a really good adjustment since we faced him in the conference tournament last year.”
TCU combined to hit 6-of-33 on the day, which is one of their worst offensive performances of the season.
On the other side of things, OSU junior center fielder Corey Hassel had three hits and three RBI’s to lead the smoking hot Cowboy offense.
Next up for the Frogs is a game against Oklahoma on Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. Then they have a three game series this weekend against Wichita State in Fort Worth.
Keaton Jones says that the Frogs are ready to bounce back from this series and play well moving forward.
“We know we’re a better team than how we played this weekend. We still have a lot of confidence,” Jones said. “This team is a very experienced team, so we know how to come back from losses.”