OKLAHOMA CITY — Josh Watson hit a grand slam in TCU’s tournament-record 14-run fourth inning and the Horned Frogs routed Oklahoma 15-3 in seven innings Thursday in the Big 12 Tournament at Bricktown Ballpark.
The Horned Frogs (30-25) will likely need to win out in Oklahoma City to reach the NCAA Tournament.
Zach Humphries and Johnny Rizer also homered in the fourth inning, when TCU set the tournament mark for runs scored in a single inning. The Sooners threw over 70 pitches in the fourth, and 11 of the 18 Horned Frogs who batted got hits.
“At that point, we were fighting to get back in it,” OU outfielder Blake Brewster said about how the Sooners felt after TCU’s fourth-inning eruption. “One swing isn’t going to do it. We were just trying to have quality at-bats and get back in the game.
“At that point, it’s about pride, it’s about attitude and it’s about playing for the jersey on your back. If you can play up 24 runs, then you should be able to play down 24 runs.”
Nathan Wiles (8-4) took the loss for the Sooners (33-23). Wiles was tagged for nine earned runs in 3⅓ innings.
Now the Sooners await the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field with hopes they did enough to be included.
“We live in a reset age,” coach Skip Johnson said. “All these guys play video games and it’s not like these guys have lost any confidence. It’s been like that all year, but all of a sudden, we struggle and then all of a sudden, we play good. That is a part of the reset age that we play in. If you weren’t playing good in a video game, then you reset it and they are really good about doing that.
“Our first season was the regular season, our second season is the Big 12. We are truly the Big 12 and we are truly the No. 2 conference in the nation. Our pitching staff can put up with a lot of people. Our confidence is really good from one to nine.”
TCU 15, OKLAHOMA 3 (7 inn.)
OU 010 000 2 — 3 8 2
TCU 000 (14)10 x — 15 14 2
Wiles, Prater (4), Olds (4), Matthews (5), Ruffcorn (6) and Lindsly; King, Arrighetti (6), Mihlbauer (7) and Humphreys. W: King (5-3). L: Wiles (8-4). HR: TCU, Watson, Rizer, Humphreys.