Frogs come from behind again, edge Oklahoma State 6-5 for series win

No. 5 TCU overcame yet another deficit to emerge victorious Saturday night at Lupton Stadium, defeating Oklahoma State 6-5 to secure the three-game series against the Cowboys.

FORT WORTH – No. 5 TCU overcame yet another deficit to emerge victorious Saturday night at Lupton Stadium, defeating Oklahoma State 6-5 to secure the three-game series against the Cowboys.

The Horned Frogs squandered an early 4-0 lead when Oklahoma State struck for five runs in the sixth inning, but the Frogs immediately knotted things back up when center fielder Nolan Brown brought home first baseman Luken Baker on a fielder’s choice in the bottom half of the frame.

TCU regained the lead at 6-5 one inning later when catcher Evan Skoug hit a two-out single off Oklahoma State reliever Cole Hearrean, scoring right fielder Austen Wade as the go-ahead and winning run. It was the eleventh come-from-behind win of the season for the Frogs.

TCU freshman starting pitcher Nick Lodolo held the Cowboys scoreless through the first five innings before things unraveled in the sixth, as Lodolo was pulled after walking the bases loaded with no outs. Lodolo finished the night with six strikeouts, walking three batters while allowing three hits and three earned runs on his way to a no-decision.

The Frogs got on the scoreboard first when second baseman Cam Warner connected for a one-out single off Cowboys starting pitcher Jonathan Heasley in the third inning, scoring Wade from second.

The third inning scoring had just begun for the Frogs. Three batters later with runners on first and second, left fielder Josh Watson brought home another run with an RBI single of his own. Two more runs scored on the ensuing at-bat when a fielding and throwing error were committed on a ground ball by Brown, capping off a four-run inning for TCU.

The Frogs, however, encountered trouble when the sixth inning rolled around, as Lodolo allowed a leadoff single to Oklahoma State second baseman Ryan Cash before walking third baseman Garrett Benge and hitting center fielder Garret McCain to load the bases with no outs. TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle turned to reliever Charles King to limit the damage, but King allowed a two-run single on the first batter he saw.

It was just the start of a long top half of the inning for TCU. After just one batter faced, Trey Morris relieved King, only to walk the bases loaded again, still with nobody out. Morris would get the first out on a force at home, but a pinch-hit triple on the next at-bat by Cade Cabbiness knotted the game up at 4 all. Morris then surrendered the lead on a two-out single to Colin Simpson that completed a five-run frame for the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State’s lead, however, would not last long. The Frogs answered the bell in the bottom of half of the inning by putting runners on the corners with no outs before Watson hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Baker to tie it at 5.

After Morris escaped a two on, one out situation in the top of the seventh, the Frogs completed their mini-comeback by putting three straight runners on with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. After Wade drew a two-out walk, Warner singled before Skoug came up clutch with the game winning single that brought Wade across the plate for a 6-5 TCU lead.

With the lead back intact, Haylen Green pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning in relief for the Frogs before Durbin Feltman recorded the three out save in the ninth, staying a perfect 15-15 all time in save opportunities. Morris was credited with the win, his first of the season, as the Frogs secured the series win over the Cowboys.

TCU will go for the sweep on Sunday when the Frogs face Oklahoma State for game three of the weekend series, with the first pitch set for 1 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. Brian Howard will be sent to the mound for TCU.

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