TCU Horned Frogs Run Away with Big 12 Baseball Championship

After clinching their first Big 12 baseball championship, it would have been natural for the TCU Horned Frogs to let up a little in their final two weekend games. But that is not in this teams DNA.

The Horned Frogs did this weekend what they do better than any other Big 12 team. They swept their Big 12 opponent for the fourth time this season, completing a three-game sweep against the downward spiraling Oklahoma Sooners.

Oklahoma entered the final weekend of the regular season as the only team with a chance to catch and pass TCU for the 2015 Big 12 crown in baseball. In order to pull off that feat, however, the Sooners would have had to take all three games in its home weekend series against the league-leading Horned Frogs. As it turned out, the Sooners couldn’t even take one of the three games.

Jun 17, 2014; Omaha, NE, USA; Virginia Cavaliers catcher Nate Irving (18) and TCU Horned Frogs infielder Garrett Crain (34) look to first base on a double play attempt during game eight of the 2014 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Virginia defeated TCU 3-2 in 15 innings. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The Sooners managed to score a lot of runs in the series against the Big 12’s best pitching staff, but the TCU run production was always a little better as the Horned Frogs took wins of 5-4, 11-9 and 4-2 to win the Big 12 baseball title going away. TCU finished the regular season 3 1/2 games better than second-place Oklahoma State and a whopping 5 1/2 games up over OU and Texas Tech.

The Horned Frogs closed out the regular campaign by winning 17 or their last 18 games and 14 consecutive weekend contests. TCU now moves into the Big 12 postseason tournament with the No. 1 seed. The Horned Frogs will start off their Big 12 Tournament defense against No. 8 Baylor. Only the top eight teams in the conference standings compete in the Big 12 Baseball Championship tournament.

In the other Big 12 league contests over the weekend, Texas  took two of three from Baylor, .the Kansas State Wildcats went on the road to archrival Kansas, where the Cats won their first two games in the series before dropping the final game on Sunday. The two losses left the Jayhawks in the league basement to finish the season and out of the postseason conference tournament.

West Virginia won two of three at home in its regular-season final series with Texas Tech.

Oklahoma State, which finished up its conference slate a week early, went out of the conference this past weekend, winning two of three at Michigan.