Following their first Mountain West Conference series win against the Air Force Falcons, TCU faces Baylor University in the two teams second meeting of the season.
The Horned Frogs(19-12, 5-4) defeated the Bears (19-11, 6-6) 3-2 on April 1, the first win of its current five-game streak.
TCU’s streak is on-the-line today against Baylor. Freshman pitcher Sean Hoelscher said the Horned Frogs defense is doing enough to provide the team with wins.
“It’s all about the defense,” he said. “All the pitchers have to do is throw strikes with the defense that we got.”
Hoelscher, who started game two against Air Force, threw six innings to earn his second victory of the season, allowing one earned run and striking out six in TCU’s 6-3 win.
Since Baylor and TCU last met, the Bears have gone 3-1 and are coming off a conference series sweep against Kansas University including a 17-7 win in only seven innings of work Sunday.
It took three tries, but the baseball team locked up its first Mountain West Conference series victory Saturday before its eventual 3-0 sweep over the Falcons.
Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said the team’s slow start to conference play makes winning each game important.
“Because of the position we put ourselves in here in the first half of the season, any win is a good one for us right now,” he said.
Senior left fielder Steve Ellington said the team is playing with a sense of urgency.
“We realize no one’s going to give us any games. We’ve got to go out and take them,” Ellington said.
TCU’s five-game win streak is already the longest of its season, surpassing two four-game streaks it compiled earlier in the season.
TCU’s pitching staff was on target against the Falcons and Schlossnagle said sophomore pitcher Tyler Lockwood was great in his first game win.
“He’s like a little pitching machine out there,” Schlossnagle said. “He works quick, throws strikes and gives his team a chance to win.”