Horned Frog offense erupts in 11-6 win over Texas


    It seemed like it would be a back-and-forth game for the No. 5 TCU baseballteam and their conference rival Texas in the second game of a doubleheader. That is, until the seventh inning rolled around.

    TCU (33-8, 9-5 Big 12) saw their offense erupt for six runs in the bottom of the seventh thanks to an error by Texas’ shortstop C.J Hinojosa. All six of those runs were unearned because of the error, and they all came with two outs already recorded.

    The second and third run of the seventh inning for the Frogs were walked in by senior lefty reliever Kirby Bellow with the bases loaded and two outs. Bellow finished the game only pitching for two-thirds of an inning and gave up six runs on two hits.

    The Longhorns (22-21, 8-9 Big 12) then brought in sophomore lefty Jon Malmin who gave up a double to TCU third baseman Derek Odell, which cleared the bases and gave TCU a 10-3 lead.

    Odell had an up and down day, going 1-for-3 with the one hit being the three RBI double, but also had two errors.

    He had one error in the first game of the doubleheader, as well, which brings his season total to a team-high nine errors.

    Starting pitcher Tyler Alexander (3-2), had a fairly rough outing. The sophomore lefty went five and two-thirds innings and gave up three runs, one unearned, on 10 hits.

    One run was a homer by Texas second baseman Brooks Marlow to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning. Alexander also struck out six batters on the day.

    He was relieved by sophomore righty Brian Trieglaff who came on with the bases loaded and two outs. Trieglaff struck out Texas shortstop Hinojosa to get out of the inning.

    Trieglaff ran into some trouble in the top of the eighth, giving up two doubles and two runs. He pitched two innings, gave up two runs on three hits and came out with the win.

    Texas’ starter, junior lefty Ty Culbreth (3-3), had just about the exact same outing as Alexander. He pitched six innings, gave up 10 hits and four runs, one of which was unearned. He also struck out six batters in the loss.

    Both teams had great offense, combining for 17 runs on 28 hits, but also bad defense, combining for five errors.

    “Not very often this ballpark plays like this,” TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “Pretty offensive day, but we didn’t play very good defense all day long.”

    “We battled… I don’t think we pitched very well, I don’t think we played very good defense, but we really competed at home plate.”

    Part of the reason for that was the help of TCU’s designated hitter, freshmanConnor Wanhanen, having a huge day from behind the plate. He scored center fielder Cody Jones on two different occasions; once in the bottom of the first on a single to right field and then also in the bottom of the third on a single up the middle.

    Wanhanen finished the day going 4-for-5 with two hits and a run.

    The attendance for the game was at 5,198 fans, good enough for the eighth-most ever at Lupton Stadium.

    TCU looks for the sweep tomorrow. Junior lefty Alex Young will be up for the Frogs and he will take on Texas’ junior righty Chad Hollingsworth.

    First pitch is at 1 p.m. from Lupton Stadium.