First the good news. The 7th ranked Frogs went into College Station Tuesday night and left with a 4-2 victory over the 6th ranked Texas A&M Aggies. It was Andrew Mitchell's 4th career start for TCU and he improved to 3-0 on the season after allowing only two hits and one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings. Mitchell has proven to be a capable Tuesday night starter and an excellent complement to TCU's "Big 3" weekend rotation of Winkler, Purke, & Maxwell. TCU improves to 26-11 on the season with a 10-2 record in conference and an impressive 7-2 mark against Big 12 teams.
Now on to the bad news:
Being linked to Dr. James Andrews is never a good thing for any athlete, especially a can't miss pitching phenom like Purke with a lot of money on the line. Purke turned down a contract with the Texas Rangers after being drafted in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft and instead opted to attend TCU. Hopefully this injury is nothing serious so that decision does not come back to haunt Purke in the end. As for TCU's CWS hopes, they appear to be at the whim of Dr. Andrews for the moment. Look for Andrew Mitchell to make the eventual move from Tuesday nights to Sunday afternoons.