It took all of just 27 innings for Texas to right the ship and get their stature back near the top of the college baseball pecking order back where it belongs. And of course, leave it to the pitching to do that. Looks like Taylor Jungmann is going to be quite studly again, going 7.0 innings, giving up just four hits and with 10Ks to get the win on Friday night, 6-0. Yes, this is Texas… again.
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The [TCU] Frogs do it again, winning a series at Goodwin Field for the second straight season. Wow. That is a rarity… like Kohoutek’s Comet rare. Steven Maxwell (Friday) and Kyle Winkler (Sunday) were superb in the two wins. The only bummer was seeing super-frosh Matt Purke getting rocked in an early exit. But just imagine how awesome this team will be when he gets brought up to speed?
■ UT baseball beats Stanford again (Austin American Statesman)
The Longhorns are planning on switching things up a bit in the next few weeks.
Cole Green, who started Wednesday's victory over Dallas Baptist, will be in the bullpen today against Stanford. The idea is to get Green back in weekend rotation mode next week.
Austin Dicharry will take the mound for Texas today as the Longhorns go for the sweep. Texas might start freshman Hoby Milner on Tuesday against Texas Pan-American.
That would leave the Longhorns with all of their top experienced pitchers ready to pitch next weekend at the Houston College Classic.
■ Frogs' coach sees fast start as building block (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle wants to wait a little bit -- maybe until late May -- before he proclaims the Horned Frogs' 5-1 start to be big.
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"It's only a big deal if you finish out the rest of the way," Schlossnagle said. "You have to make it stand for something at the end of May by having a good season."
■ TCU baseball has a bash in opening sweep (American Chronicle)
Pitching may indeed be the strength of the TCU baseball team, but the offense looks primed to argue its case.The Horned Frogs walloped 18 hits, including three home runs, in a 15-2 win Sunday over Sam Houston State to sweep the three-game series at Lupton Stadium. The 11th-ranked Frogs scored 31 runs on 40 hits in the series.
[Freshman right-hander Matt Purke] is absolutely as advertised. He has hurt my hand a little bit. He throws hard, and he's got a lot of movement on his fastball, and he's got a lot of confidence on the mound. That's going to help him out, especially when he runs into trouble.
Noble is counting on three junior college players (right fielder/pitcher Matt Creel, third baseman Austin Gracey and second baseman Ryan Still) and one freshman (catcher M.P. Cokinos of Memorial High) to have a significant impact on the offense. They'll slide into a lineup that features holdover shortstop Blake Kelso (.335 last season), catcher Chris Wallace (team leading nine homers and .584 slugging percentage), left fielder Caleb Ramsey (.332 with a team-leading 46 runs batted in) and center fielder Zak Presley (team-best 17 steals in 23 attempts to go with .390 on-base percentage).
"I think we're finding out where guys need to be," he said after Sunday's loss. "The thing that I've got to figure out is where people are going to be best suited in the lineup. It's good to see Ramsey put a charge into the ball because we're going to need that guy in the lineup. He's been sick the past couple of days, but it looked like he was okay today."
And the starting pitching, while not great, was enough to keep the Cougars in all of the games. The problem was the bullpen and the lack of timely hitting. If Noble can figure out some fixes for the bullpen, and if they can figure out the whole-hitting-with-two-outs thing, then the team just might be able to recover from this slow start. If not, it might end up being a long season.