The Horned Frogs are riding a four-game winning streak as they head to Arlington tonight for a midweek showdown with the UTA Mavericks.During Spring Break, the team managed to work its way back toward a top-25 ranking and now resides with a No. 28 spot in the Collegiate Baseball polls. Helping lead the team through the break was the ace of the staff, junior pitcher Jake Arrieta (4-2). Although he was shelled for six runs in just under five innings of work in the loss to No. 8 Rice on March 9, he bounced back Friday against the Air Force Falcons, turning in eight shutout innings with 11 strikeouts.
Senior third baseman Steven Trout continued plugging away at his team-leading RBI count by knocking in five runs during the break bringing his total on the season to 22.
Although the March 13 matchup against the Texas Tech Red Raiders was canceled during the break, the Horned Frogs were able to pick up a game with the UTA Mavericks, where TCU (15-6) was able to put 11 runs across the plate en route to a victory against the nearby rival.
Sophomore infielder Ben Carruthers continued providing a spark from the bottom of the lineup by driving in three runs against UTA and kept his average at a respectable .264.
After dousing UTA, the Horned Frogs made quick work of the Falcons and completed a three-game sweep for the third straight home sweep of the season.
Tonight’s matchup against the Mavericks (9-14) will be the second time this season the two teams will face each other. The Mavericks were swept last weekend by their Southland Conference opponent, Lamar University.
With a win tonight, the Horned Frogs would have a season-high five-game winning streak before facing the BYU Cougars on the road in Provo, Utah.
Both teams are hitting more than .300 this season, but TCU is undefeated in Mountain West Conference play, while BYU is 2-1 in the conference.