Friday night, the Texas Longhorns (36-18, 16-7) defeated the TCU Horned Frogs (30-21, 10-12) in dramatic fashion thanks to a walk-off two-run home run by Kody Clemens.
Contrary to last night, TCU was the first to get on the board tonight due to a bases loaded walk from Chase Shugart in the first inning. Later in the inning, a rare error from David Hamilton thrown to first base allowed two more purple frogs to score, bringing the score 3-0. The 34-pitch first inning from Chase Shugart highlighted the control issues he still has.
Despite his early struggles, Shugart got into a rhythm and retired nine batters in a row through the fourth inning. Texas was able to get one back in the bottom half of the fourth off a Masen Hibbeler single to center field to score Kody Clemens from third. However, that’s all Texas could get across as the Horns had the bases loaded stranded.
In the following inning, a Kody Clemens two-run homerun tied the game up at three and allowed the Longhorns to take back momentum in the ballgame. This gave the Texas junior 17 homeruns on the season, which leads the team.
Chase Shugart’s night was done after five, and despite that first inning, was really effective and honed in on his command. Josh Sawyer came in for relief as David Pierce continues to look for reliable arms out of the bullpen come post-season play. Shugart’s final numbers are as follows:
Chase Shugart – 5.0IP, 3R, 1ER, 4H, 3BB, 5SO, 92 pitches
The score remained deadlocked until the bottom of the ninth with two outs . . . and Kody Clemens up to bat. You know the rest.
The win was the 17th come from behind victory this season for Texas, and puts the Longhorns in a position that they haven’t been in since 2011 when they last took the Big 12 regular season crown. As of now, Texas is in a two-way tie with Oklahoma State with each team having one game left in the regular season.
Texas will be back in action tomorrow at 2:30 P.M. at the Dischas Texas will look to wrap up their regular season by throwing Blair Henley (5-6, 3.60) on the mound. You can catch the game on the Longhorn Network or listen to it on 104.9 The Horn.