Make that seven wins and counting. TCU dominated tonight's game from start to finish. They only really found themselves in trouble in the top of the sixth when UTRGV when they loaded the bases but were unable to get a run across. By that time, TCU was already up 13-0. Schloss had said that he wanted to get innings for a lot of guys tonight, but he only needed three pitchers tonight due to the fact that the Tuesday night run-rule ended the game after 6 1/2 innings.
Dalton Horton pitched well in his first collegiate start tonight, going four full innings while striking out two, walking two and allowing three hits and no runs. After Dalton left the game Drew Gooch came on and struck out two in the fifth, facing only four batters. The next inning he walked the first two batters he faced and gave up a single to load the bases. It looked like the TCU bullpen's perfect ERA was in trouble, but he struck out the next batter for a big first out and caught a line drive hit straight to him for the second out. After that the other Dalton, Dalton Brown, came on and got a strike out to end the fifth. Brown came back out to finish the game throwing a perfect seventh inning that ended with his second strike out.
The scoring started almost right away for the Frogs as Connor Wanhanen led off the game with a walk and Cam Warner followed that up with his first career home run to right center, bringing the score to 2-0. The Frogs have now homered in their last six games. That 2-0 score held up until the third inning when the show really started.
Warner opened up the third with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Skoug was then walked and both he and Warner advanced on another wild pitch. Warner tried for third and should have been out, but the short stop's throw went off the third baseman's glove allowing Warner to score. That was the first of four errors for UTRGV, who gave the Frogs way more help than they needed. After two straight walks to Baker and Watson, Barzilli tripled off the wall in left field. Another error caused a second bad throw to third which allowed Barzilli to score on the play as well. Merrill reached base on the Vaquero's third error of the inning and after a strike out, a hit batter and a groundout ended up stealing home on a play where he should have been out but avoided the tag on the slide.
After all that it was 9-0 Frogs and it was complete and utter domination. The Frogs would add four more runs in the fifth inning before calling it a night. This program has relied so much on their pitching for years, so two run-rule victories in the last three games is baffling but very enjoyable. This team hits a ton, but it's not like they rely on their offense either. Over the last four games our pitching staff has allowed two runs, and as I said earlier our bullpen still has not given up a run. Good teams, bad teams, we're crushing everyone right now. It will be interesting to see if we can keep our win streak going with a sweep of Gonzaga this weekend. After that the homestand continues with a mid-week contest against UTA and the home series against USC looming largely next weekend.