No. 12 Frogs lose 10-2 at home to UT Arlington

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    Despite coming off a four-game winning streak and head coach Jim Schlossnagle’s 500th win, the No. 12 TCU baseball team lost at home Tuesday night to UT Arlington.

    Junior pitcher Jordan Kipper, who got his second start of the season for the Frogs (6-2), allowed a hit in the top of the first inning but was able to pitch around it to keep the game scoreless

    The Mavericks (2-5) came into the game looking for their first win in regular time. Their only previous win of the season came Friday against McNeese State, a contest that took 19 innings to be resolved.

    Junior center fielder Cody Jones got the lead off hit for TCU in the bottom of the first. Jones then advanced to third base off a sacrifice fly to right field by senior right fielder Dylan Fitzgerald.

    Unfortunately for the Frogs, juniors Boomer White and Kevin Cron struck out on consecutive at-bats to end the inning.

    After Kipper retired three straight batters, junior designated hitter Jerrick Suiter reached first off an error by Mavericks shortstop Travis Sibley. Once again, TCU was unable to score as two straight batters grounded out.

    UT Arlington pitcher Brad Vachon made hits tough to come by for the Frogs’ offense. The previously 0-2 senior allowed only six hits and one run in 6.2 innings pitched.

    The game busted loose for Mavericks in the top of the third when center fielder Derek Miller hit a single. UT Arlington then hit three straight doubles to take a 3-0 lead.

    Mavericks catcher Greg McCall drilled a home run with two runners on base to extend UT Arlington’s lead to six before the Frogs were finally able to end the inning. McCall scored four RBIs for the Mavericks in the win.

    Despite the horrendous third inning, Kipper stayed in the game until the fifth inning. He finished the night allowing eight hits and seven runs in only four innings pitched.

    In the bottom of the third, Jones was unintentionally walked. This time, he was able to score as Fitzgerald hit a double into center field, putting the game at 6-1 Mavericks.

    Jones has nine hits, 11 runs and eight stolen bases for the Frogs this season.

    Kipper allowed two more hits and his seventh run of the night in the top of the fourth as TCU’s deficit got back up to six runs. He was finally pulled for sophomore Alex Young at the start of the fifth inning.

    After a scoreless fifth inning, Young hit Miller with a pitch and then allowed a single by designated hitter Matt Shortall. Miller would advance to third with two outs in the inning after a wild pitch by Young.

    Shortall, who tied with a game-high three hits in the win, then stole second base.

    Ultimately, it was all for naught though as J.M. Twichell, a senior right fielder from Dallas, lined out to keep the Mavericks from extending their already large lead.

    Cron and junior third baseman Derek Odell would get their first hits of the night with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but Suiter popped up at second base to keep the Frogs off the scoreboard once again.

    Odell and Cron have a combined 17 hits on 47 total at-bats this season.

    Junior second baseman Connor Castellano made it to third base in the bottom of the seventh after he hit his second double of the year and junior pinch hitter Jeremie Fagnan mustered up a single.

    Vachon’s night was over after Fagnan’s single as Chase Weaver came in as a relief pitcher.

    As was the theme all night though, TCU couldn’t reach home plate when it mattered most as Vachon retired two straight Frogs batters to keep TCU trailing 7-1.

    UT Arlington poured it on in the eighth inning, riding several singles and capitalizing off several TCU errors to increase the lead to 10-1.

    The Frogs managed to score a run in the bottom of the eighth after a Suiter double but still trailed by eight runs heading into the ninth.

    With the game almost completely out of reach, sophomore catcher Dylan Delso struck out and then Jones flew out to center field in consecutive at-bats. Fitzgerald then flew out to right field for the final out of the game and the Mavericks won 10-1.

    The Frogs will head to Houston this weekend for the Minute Maid Tournament. They’ll face Sam Houston State on Friday afternoon, Rice on Saturday night and the University of Houston on Sunday night.

    First pitch for TCU’s contest with the Bearcats is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. CT from Minute Maid Park.