Hot-hitting squad takes on Sooners

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    The baseball team is holding even in the standings for control of first place in the Mountain West Conference following its weekend sweep of Brigham Young University. The Horned Frogs now enter the second half of the two-game break from conference play against the University of Oklahoma.

    TCU beat the Dallas Baptist University Patriots last night 6-4, extending the current four-game winning streak.

    For the second time this season, the Horned Frogs (11-4, 27-13) will take on the Sooners, this time in Norman, Okla. In the first contest, the Horned Frogs rallied late and plated three runs in the ninth inning to tie the game 4-4. The two teams would battle through scoreless 10th and 11th innings before the Sooners finally broke the silence with a game-winning run in the top of the 12th to which TCU was unable to respond.

    TCU’s three game sweep of BYU puts the team in a tie for first with the University of New Mexico, which has an identical 11-4 conference record.

    Although their records match on paper, the Lobos’ series win over the Horned Frogs in March is the difference in the team’s head-to-head record.

    TCU has won four consecutive games since falling to the Sooners on April 15.

    The Horned Frogs exploded offensively against the Cougars, winning 16-5, 13-4 and 11-7 for a 40-16 run advantage in the series.

    Senior center fielder Clint Arnold contributed to the Horned Frogs’ offensive melee, hitting .615 in the series with six RBIs.

    Junior second baseman Ben Carruthers also went on a tear during the series, batting .470 with five RBIs and a home run.

    Pitching was also strong against the Cougars, particularly from the starting rotation.

    Sophomore Tyler Lockwood (4-0) started game one for the win, throwing for six innings and giving up three runs on seven hits.

    The game two starter, freshman Sean Hoelscher, got the win after six innings and four earned runs.

    In last year’s two-game series against Oklahoma the home team won each game. After Oklahoma won the first game at Lupton Stadium in 2008, the Horned Frogs will have to take tonight’s game up north to equal the series success of last year.