Baseball set for Tuesday tilt with Oklahoma


    The No. 4 TCU baseball team looks to get back on track Tuesday night when it hosts Oklahoma at Lupton Stadium.

    TCU (17-4, 4-2 Big 12) lost two of three games over the weekend to No. 19 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys used a six-run third inning in Sunday’s finale to claim a 7-2 win in the rubber match.

    TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said his team looked out of sorts over the weekend.

    “It really was an uncharacteristic weekend for us,” Schlossnagle said. “When you’re playing a good team and you’re in a great conference in the country and you play like that or pitch like that you’re not going to win many games. We’re fortunate to win the game we won.”

    Over the three-game series the Frogs committed five errors and walked 12 batters.

    Oklahoma (17-9, 2-1) is coming off a series win over No. 10 Texas Tech.

    Junior Kolbey Carpenter was named Big 12 player of the week after a 5-11 weekend with four RBIs against the Red Raiders over the weekend. His three-run home run in Saturday’s matchup erased a 2-0 deficit en route to a 5-2 Sooner win.

    Oklahoma head coach Pete Hughes was pleased with his team’s performance against Tech.

    “It’s a good way to start conference play, especially at home,” Hughes said after the Sooners win on Sunday. “That’s a good team over there and Texas Tech is going to win a lot of games. We used a lot of guys, played in tight spots, and rebounded after a game one loss where we got thumped. A lot of good things happened this weekend. It was a good character win.”

    TCU and Oklahoma split the season series in 2014. Oklahoma won a Tuesday non-conference tilt in Norman, 8-5.

    TCU claimed a 2-1 conference series win at home later in the season.

    Sophomore Tyler Alexander earned the win in the 2014 series finale, throwing 8 innings and allowing only one run.

    Alexander (1-1) is scheduled to pitch in Tuesday’s matchup at 6:30 p.m. The Sooners will turn to left-hander Jeffrey Curran against the Frogs

    Tuesday night’s contest will not affect the Big 12 standings. The league has agreed that conference foes can play select midweek games as nonconference matchups in order to increase each school’s RPI.

    TCU shortstop Keaton Jones says that there is no panic with the Frogs following the series loss last weekend.

    “We know we’re a better team than how we played this weekend,” Jones said. “This is an experienced team so we know how to bounce back from losses.”