TCU Stays Unbeaten While Houston Wins Late Night Thriller in Extras

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Is there anything better than cold beer and baseball? It’s a combination that is hard to beat during the season. No matter what kind of beer you drink (or how many), let’s look at some of the best action on the Big 12 baseball diamond from Sunday with a nice six-pack.

Best Game

Houston vs Louisiana-Lafayette

The Astros Foundation College Classic was a wild tournament. I felt like every single game was close and of course this tournament had to end with some drama. Both Houston and Louisiana came into the day without a win, as both teams were hungry.

 

Houston was able to jump out to an early 3-0 lead after a blast from Jonathan French.

However, that lead didn’t last long as Louisiana put up a four spot in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. Thankfully for Houston, Justin Murray tied the game with his clutch hit.

The Cougars would recapture the lead in the eighth inning thanks to French, but the Cajuns ended up trying the game in the bottom of the ninth to send this one to extras.

Neither team would score in the tenth, but Houston finally broke the game open as they put up five runs in the top of the eleventh inning.

Louisiana would once again make things interesting late, but Houston was able to hold on to not only get their first win of the weekend in this tournament but for the Big 12 as well. It was a wild game that didn’t end until about 12:30 am central time, and my crazy self stayed up for it because I am a sicko. We saw over 20 runs and 20 pitchers in this game, and the sprinklers even went off at one point.

This game was completely drunk and I loved every minute of it.

 

Best Win

#5 TCU over USC

For the second time this weekend, TCU took on USC in Arlington. The Horned Frogs jumped out to a big early lead thanks to a five-run second inning. It started when Sam Myers drove in a run, and then Karson Bowen and Luke Boyers came up with big hits as well. While USC did start to make things interesting later in the game, the Horned Frogs were able to hold on for the win and stay undefeated. TCU is now 12-0 for the first time in school history.

Worst Loss

Texas

After dropping the first two games in the Astros Foundation College Classic, Texas needed to get a win on Sunday. At one point, they were up 11-3 against Vanderbilt, and they somehow blew it.

 

Their pitching completely melted down as the game went on, and their bats cooled off in the final five innings. It’s not often you see a team blow a lead that big, but anything can happen in college baseball. This was a back-breaking defeat, and it was a rough way to end a bad weekend for Texas.

Sunday MVP

Oklahoma State RF Carson Benge

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone because Carson had himself a performance to remember. He started in the first inning with his two-run blast before hitting a grand slam that you will see very soon. Carson ended up with a whopping seven RBIs on the day.

Pitcher of the Day

Oklahoma State RHP Janzen Keisel

After his teammate Brian Holiday won my award on Saturday, I decided to go with another Oklahoma State pitcher. Janzen Keisel was fantastic on the mound against Central Michigan as he went five innings and allowed just three hits on the day. Janzen didn’t allow a single run, and he struck out six batters on Sunday.

Best Home Run

Oklahoma State RF Carson Benge

You know why Carson is here. The man hit a grand slam and to me there is no better home run in baseball outside of a walk off. Carson absolutely crushed this one.

Full Scoreboard

Western Kentucky: 4, West Virginia: 3

#9 Vanderbilt: 14, #15 Texas: 11

Cincinnati: 14, Northern Illinois: 1

Kansas: 11, Texas Southern: 1

UCF: 1, South Florida: 1

Baylor: 11, Oral Roberts: 7

Oklahoma State: 19, Central Michigan: 0

Kansas State: 10, UMass Lowell: 1

#18 Texas Tech: 9, Gardner-Webb: 5

Ohio State: 4, Oklahoma: 3

#5 TCU: 9, USC: 5