Featherston HR puts TCU on the board, 1-0
Featherson, who hit two homers May 9 against Utah, has provided some surprising pop for TCU all season from the top of the order and his fifth home run for the season.
But his homer Saturday night was important for the Horned Frogs as they hope to stay ahead of the Longhorns and keep Texas coach Augie Garrido from playing small ball and manufacturing runs. A key will be how effectively TCU pitchers are able to keep Texas leadoff hitters off base.
The Horned Frogs weren't intimidated in the first super regional in school history. Matt Carpenter followed Featherston's homer by flying out deep at the warning track in right field before Kevin Keyes made the catch for the second out. And Bryan Holaday flied out deep to the warning track in center field as Texas' Connor Rowe made a leaping catch against the wall.
Texas will be facing Kyle Winkler, who has limited opponents to two or fewer earned runs in his last five starts. It will be interesting to see how the Longhorns attack him considering they are in an early hole.