Despite only coming up with five hits, TCU found a way to win a close 2-1 battle Tuesday night against the University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks.
“This was my favorite game of the season,” TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “I would’ve liked to get more hits, of course, but that’s our brand of baseball: pitching, defense and sound fundamental play.”
With the win, the Frogs complete a season sweep of UTA and improve to 26-25, their first record above .500 all year.
“We didn’t play like that in the first half of the season for whatever reason,” Schlossnagle said. “I’m very encouraged by how we’re playing.”
The game was tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning until junior catcher Kyle Bacak hit a sacrifice bunt to bring home junior pinch runner Kevin Daniels.
“Any time you get a chance to help get a run and put us in the lead, going into the ninth especially, it’s big time,” Bacak said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
TCU played six different pitchers during the contest, and none of them pitched more than two innings. They combined for 10 strikeouts and gave up only one run on 10 hits.
Mavericks infielder Travis Sibley hit an RBI-single in the 6th inning against junior pitcher Trevor Seidenberger, giving UTA their lone run of the night.
“Seidenberger had a chance to panic and didn’t, gave up one run and limited the damage,” Schlossnagle said.
The Big 12 tournament-bound Frogs are now going into their final regular season series of the year. They’ll play the University of Texas Longhorns this weekend in Fort Worth for the first time since 1995. TCU also has a chance to prevent the Longhorns from making the Big 12 tournament.
“We look forward to playing them,” Schlossnagle said.
First pitch at Lupton Stadium is scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 p.m.