Skoug homers twice as Frogs squeak by ‘Horns 11-10 in extras

first_imgBranson Nelson Branson is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoys writing about all sports and plans to go to law school after graduation. ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Branson Nelson Twitter Women’s golf heads to Oklahoma for chance at first Big 12 title Twitter Branson Nelson Facebook ReddIt Iqbal leads women’s golf to fourth-place finish at Big 12 Tournament A COVID-19 Charles Schwab Challengecenter_img printThe No. 7 Horned Frogs moved to 5-0 in extra-inning games this season as they overcame a strong comeback effort by Texas to win 11-10 in 11 innings on a walk-off sacrifice fly from Connor Wanhanen.“Great at-bat from Wanhanen, considering his at-bats in the second half of the game weren’t nearly as good as the first half,” said TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle.TCU led the Longhorns 9-4 in the seventh inning, before Texas ran off six unanswered runs from the seventh through the tenth innings to take a 10-9 lead into the bottom of the tenth. Horned Frog catcher Evan Skoug launched his second homer of the day, number 11 on the season, to leadoff the bottom of the tenth to even the game at 10.“I knew in the back of my head that I owed it to everyone on the bench and everyone in the game,” Skoug said. “I owed them that run because I caught a very poor game today. I really wanted to do what I could to get my team back in it.”Cal Coughlin struck out the 7-8-9 hitters of the Texas lineup in order in the top of the 11th, before TCU loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning for Wanhanen. After falling behind in the count 0-2, Wanhanen hit a fly ball to deep left center to bring home pinch-runner Evan Williams from third and take game one from Texas.“Any game one victory in conference, any victory in conference for that matter, is big,” Wanhanen said, “especially now, coming down to the wire and to the end, just as things are about to start getting crazy.”The TCU lineup touched the Big 12’s leader in ERA and strikeouts, Morgan Cooper, for seven runs in just three innings. Cooper, who entered the game 6-2 with a 1.45 ERA, had not given up an extra-base hit in 38.1 innings of conference play before the Horned Frogs hit four doubles and a home run in the first three innings against him.After UT pushed a run across in the top of the first, Austen Wade led off the bottom of the inning against Cooper with a double to left center, extending his on-base streak to 32 games. A hit batter, a strikeout and a walk set up Cam Warner to single hard back up the middle to put TCU ahead 2-1.In the second, TCU broke out for four runs on three hits and a walk. Ryan Merrill walked with one out ahead of Wade’s second double in as many innings, putting two in scoring position. Luken Baker followed a strikeout with a two out, two run double down the left field line to make the score 4-1. Skoug then laced a two run homer to center field to extend the lead to 6-1.Texas scratched a run across in the top of the third off of TCU starter Nick Lodolo, but Merrill got the run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single.Cooper was pulled after the third inning, having given up seven runs on eight hits and three walks. The seven earned runs were two more than he had given up in conference play all season, and it raised his overall ERA to 2.27.Lodolo was pulled after giving up two straight singles in the top of the fifth, as his pitch count had risen to 88. Charles King entered out of the bullpen, but allowed both Longhorns to score to make the score 7-4.Lodolo finished the night having tossed 4+ innings with eight strikeouts. He gave up four runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batter.TCU answered the UT two-run inning with one of its own to make it 9-4 as eight and nine hole hitters Elliott Barzilli and Merrill each hit a solo home run. Both players are tied for third on the team with five home runs.The bottom third of the Horned Frogs lineup, Josh Watson, Barzilli and Merrill combined to go 8-14 at the plate on Friday. The trio added four walks, three RBIs and three extra-base hits.Texas roared back into the game in the seventh as they scored four runs off King. UT opened the inning with four singles in five batters, pushing King out of the game in favor of Haylen Green. Green entered with one out in a 9-6 game and issued a four pitch walk to load the bases. Wymer came on and struck out the first batter before giving up a two run single up the middle to cut the TCU lead to 9-8.TCU got a single and a walk in the bottom of the seventh, but stranded both runners.After getting the final two outs of the seventh, Wymer returned for the eighth and set down the Longhorns in order with two strikeouts. Wymer continues to be the most reliable Horned Frog reliever, as he leads the team in appearances (20) and ERA (1.54).TCU closer Durbin Feltman came in for the ninth looking for his 12th save in 13 tries, but UT pushed an unearned run across to tie the game at nine. A leadoff single, a passed ball and two sacrifices scored the run to complete the comeback. The blown save was just Feltman’s second in 22 career attempts, but it was his second in the last three weeks.The Frogs had the top of their lineup up in the  bottom of the ninth, but three straight ground outs to shortstop put them down in order.Feltman returned for the top of the tenth, but a single, a walk and a catcher’s interference loaded the bases with two outs for Texas. The Longhorns took the lead on a single, but Watson threw out a second runner at the plate to end the inning and keep the score at 10-9.With the runs in the 10th and 11th, the Horned Frogs were able to secure a pivotal series-opening victory over Texas, distancing themselves by 1/2 game from both Texas Tech and West Virginia who had their Friday game postponed. Those two teams will play a double header on Saturday in Morgantown. TCU leads Texas Tech by  1.5 games and WVU by 2.5 games in the Big 12 standings.TCU and Texas square off in game two on Saturday at noon at Lupton Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN 2. 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Trustees postpone boundary discussion

first_imgLocal News Trustees postpone boundary discussion With only four of seven members attending the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting, those attending approved tabling a discussion of rezoning middle and elementary school boundaries until the full panel was present.Nelson Minyard, Delma Abalos and Ray Beaty were not in attendance.Rezoning was to be discussed Tuesday due to overcrowding at some campuses and projected growth.At the elementary level, the far north schools such as Jordan and Buice, are not only overcrowded but are in high-growth areas.During a March 6 work study session, trustees discussed the idea of reconfiguring some elementary schools to grades prekindergarten through second and grades three through five and pairing those schools inside one boundary zone.In other business:Trustees heard an update on progress being made by schools on improvement required status under state accountability standards. ECISD has eight campuses on IR status. Zavala and Noel elementary schools and Ector Middle School are in their fifth year of improvement required.If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.Annette Macias, director of assessments, shared test results from the most recent administration of district testing. The tests were a released STAAR exam.She presented a look at how this year’s scores compared to last year’s standards-based assessment given around the same time. It is not an exact comparison because the tests are from different sources but it is an indicator of which areas are improving, which are not, and which ones need attention before state testing begins, the board recap said.Following this presentation, Goliad Elementary gave a quick overview of its results comparing the recent assessment scores with last year’s tests.Approved board constraints which were:The board will not allow its primary time or focus to be on anything other than student performance.The board shall not violate any board- adopted policy or board operating procedure.And the board shall not perform any responsibilities delegated to the superintendent.Approved the consent agenda which included the 2018-19 Gale Pond Alamo year-round school calendar; a request to add diesel tech and teaching pathways to the career and technical education dual credit matrix; and approval of a low attendance waiver.The board also recognized Odessa High School for being revalidated as an AVID National Demonstration School.This distinction goes to only about 1 percent of the 5,600 AVID schools located in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 countries and U.S. territories. As a demonstration school, OHS will continue to be a place for other schools and school districts to visit, observe, and learn how AVID works, the board recap said.AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination and is a college preparation program. Twitter Previous articleWOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Shelton State defeats Odessa College at NJCAA National TournamentNext articleShooting threat reported at Ector Middle School admin Twitter Pinterest By admin – March 20, 2018 WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more