In the biggest at-bat of his season, TCU catcher Kyle Bacak squared to bunt with two runners on and an out in the ninth inning of a tie game Monday against Pepperdine. But it shouldn’t have come as much of a shock that the Horned Frogs went for — and succeeded — with the suicide squeeze.
TCU has fine-tuned the art of small ball this season on its way to a berth in the College World Series. The Frogs have stolen 89 bases, more than double last year’s total of 38, while laying down 60 sacrifice bunts.
A pitching staff with a 2.19 ERA lends itself to manufacturing runs on offense. TCU certainly doesn’t need a flurry of runs often. But the park in which TCU plays also dictates what the Frogs can and can’t do.
The fences at Lupton Stadium were moved in about 10 feet before last season, but with batters usually facing a stiff south wind the field still favors pitchers; sometimes, a few runs is enough.
“Offensively, our whole mindset is to just scrap and get whatever runs we can for our incredible pitching staff,” Bacak said before TCU’s practice Wednesday...