Schlossnagle reaches 600 wins as TCU walks off for sweep of Texas

On Sunday afternoon, Schlossnagle solidified his spot in Horned Frog lore, as No. 7 TCU overcame a 3-0 deficit to sweep the Texas Longhorns with a walk-off win in extra innings, handing Schlossnagle his 600th win as TCU head coach.

Prior to this weekend, TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle already had already etched his name into the Horned Frog baseball history books, taking the Frogs to three-straight College World Series appearances and holding the record as the winningest coach in program history.

On Sunday afternoon, Schlossnagle solidified his spot in Horned Frog lore, as No. 7 TCU overcame a 3-0 deficit to sweep the Texas Longhorns with a walk-off win in extra innings, handing Schlossnagle his 600th win as TCU head coach.

Luken Baker played hero for the Frogs in the 10th inning, connecting on a 1-1 fastball from Nick Kennedy for a one-out double that scored Ryan Merrill for the winning run. The win moved TCU to 35-11 on the season and was the second walk-off win for the team on the weekend, having defeated Texas 11-10 in extra innings in the series opener on Friday night.

TCU starting pitcher Mitchell Traver threw for 5.2 innings in the win, striking out seven batters while issuing two walks. Traver only allowed two hits and two earned runs in the outing, but the Frogs found themselves trailing for much of the contest – unable to make any noise against Texas starter Kyle Johnston until the seventh inning.

The Longhorns struck first in the contest with a sac-fly in the third inning before making it a 2-0 contest on Kody Clemens' home run in the sixth. A two-out walk three batters later ended Traver’s day on the mound, as Schlossnagle called on Sean Wymer out of relief. Wymer would stay in to finish the game for the Frogs.

Texas tacked on another run in the 7th inning after an erroneous throw set up a fielder’s choice, but the Frogs finally got on the board in the bottom half of the inning. Johnston was pulled after walking two runners on in favor of Chase Shugart, but Shugart issued three more walks in a span of four at-bats to give TCU two free runs and make it a one-run game.

One inning later, Connor Wanhanen singled up the middle to lead off the bottom half of the eighth, and Evan Skoug showed up at the plate once again with a two-out double to score Wanhanen and tie the game at three.

The Frogs were unable to make anything of a two-on, two-out situation in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the game to extras. In the tenth inning, Clemens singled off Wymer to lead things off, but was thrown out by left fielder Josh Watson trying to reach second base. Wymer quickly induced a ground-out and fly-out to end the frame.

In the bottom of the 10th, Wanhanen connected for a lead-off single on a 3-1 count from Kennedy, putting the winning run on base for the Frogs. A fielder’s choice on the next at-bat sent Wanhanen back to the dugout, but kept a runner on base for TCU with Merrill at first.

Moments later, Baker launched a one-out double to right, and the Frogs were celebrating a sweep over Texas, completing a perfect 6-0 record against the Longhorns in the three marquee men’s sports (football, basketball, baseball).

The win gave TCU its third sweep of Texas since joining the Big 12 in time for the 2013 season, while the Frogs simultaneously improved to 6-0 in extra innings this season.

The Frogs will return to action for regular-season conference play one final time next weekend when they travel to Norman for a three-game series against Oklahoma. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. CDT.

 

 

 


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