TCU baseball shut out for fourth time this season, loses to San Francisco 3-0

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    TCU’s three-game win streak ended Saturday evening as the Frogs were shut out, 3-0.

    San Francisco’s two pitchers held TCU to a season-low two hits. Starter Alex Balog struck out three Frogs, while right-handed reliever Abe Bobb struck out one.

    Although the Frogs' bats couldn't heat up, some Horned Frogs reached base throughout the game via four walks and some hit-by-pitch batters. 

    TCU (14-17, 3-6 Big 12) had a bases-loaded situation in the fourth inning but could not put a run on the board.

    “We had the bases loaded against [Balog], had him on the ropes and just had a really bad at-bat,” head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “That’s been the story of our season at this point. We put ourselves in position, but we don’t capitalize.” 

    Schlossnagle said his team is not playing up to its standards, but has a chance to improve before it's too late.

    “To this point, we’ve tried everything,” he said. “Eventually we’ve either got to get new players or they’ve got to get better. We’ve still got a ways to go. We still have an opportunity to turn things around." 

    TCU starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan gave the team a scoreless three innings before Trevor Seidenberger came in for relief.

    Schlossnagle said pulled his starter early because Finnegan “rolled his ankle somewhere during the first inning.” Schlossnagle also said he was concerned Finnegan might try to over-compensate for his ankle and possibly get hurt.

    In his three innings, Finnegan allowed two hits, one walk and struck out one batter during his time. 

    Seidenberger (1-2) was given the loss after allowing two runs to score in the sixth inning, including a solo home run from San Francisco designated hitter Zachary Taylor.

    Senior right-hander Justin Scharf came on for the last three innings of the game, and allowed the final run in the seventh on an RBI fielder’s choice from the center fielder.

    Offensively, the Frogs saw second baseman Paul Hendrix's hitting streak end, although Hendrix continued his streak of reaching base safely to 10 games with a walk in the second.

    Center fielder Cody Jones saw his 13-game streak of reaching base end as well.

    TCU first baseman Derek Odell, who has a seven-game streak of reaching base safely, said the batters are focusing on small things in their at-bats.

    “The game’s played in 90-feet increments, so we try to play the 90-feet game as best we can,” he said. “And try to get as many 90-feets as we can and try to keep the other team from getting 90 feet as much as we can.

    Schlossnagle said tomorrow is a big game for the team to try to win the series headed into Big 12 Conference play again next weekend against Oklahoma State.

    Andrew Mitchell will be on the mound for the Frogs with lefty Christian Cecilio starting for the Dons in the last game of this weekend series.

    First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.