No. 1 TCU baseball defeats UTA, 4-1

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    The No. 1 TCU Horned Frogs continued their dominant pitching in a 4-1 victory against the U.T. Arlington Mavericks Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. 

    Despite the cold and wet conditions, TCU (4-0) held the Mavericks (1-3) to just one run on six hits.

    Mitchell Traver (1-0) pitched six shutout innings, retiring the first 10 batters in order and striking out five.

    Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle said he was impressed by Traver’s ability to pitch with runners on base.

    “I thought he obviously came out great,” Schlossnagle said. “I wanted to see him just have a smooth night but at the same time, I wanted to see him challenged because pitcher’s show their metal when they have to pitch out of jams. He kept throwing strikes and they got some hits but he kept throwing strikes and gave the defense a chance to play and I thought that was a really good sign.”

    TCU has only surrendered two earned runs in four games.

    Closer Riley Ferrell gave up one of these earned runs due to three walks in the ninth inning.

    Senior Trey Teakell pitched two shutout innings in relief, striking out three.

    Offensively, the Frogs relied senior third baseman Derek Odell and freshman catcher Evan Skoug.

    Skoug went 1-for-3 with a two RBI single in the first inning.

    Odell also went 1-for-3 with a bases loaded walk in the fifth inning and an RBI double in the seventh inning.

    Schlossnagle said he was glad to see this kind of offensive production against the Mavericks crafty pitching led by freshman Kyle Laberge (0-1).

    “I was really pleased with our bats,” Schlossnagle said. “I’m glad we got that two run single in the first because those guys can keep you off-balance and you don’t see that much in Division 1 baseball. Even though we didn’t score a lot of runs, we hit a ton of balls hard.”

    But TCU’s pitching staff carried the team Tuesday night.

    U.T. Arlington Head Coach Darin Thomas said the Frogs pitching is the main reason for the Mavericks’ shortage of offensive production.

    “That’s good arms,” Thomas said. “We’re not going to see arms like that in our conference so that has a lot to do with our lack of offense.”

    Second baseman Darien McLemore was the only base runner to get home for the Mavericks, going 0-for-3 with a walk.

    Shortstop Travis Sibley went 2-for-3 with a walk, but was unable to score when he got on base.

    Sibley said was also impressed by TCU’s pitching staff.

    “Their pitching is what really does it for them,” Sibley said. “You go down the box score and day in, day out its 10 plus strikeouts. Every time you come here, you see good arms.”

    The Frogs pitching has been the primary reason the team carries the No. 1 ranking in the Collegiate Baseball poll.