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TCU Upends DBU on the Road

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The Frogs bounced back after a tough weekend to shutout the Patriots on their home field.

Melissa Triebwasser

Evan Skoug's two run shot in the fourth turned out to be all the offense TCU would need in a rain-shortened affair in Dallas Tuesday night, as three Horned Frog pitchers combined to shutout Dallas Baptist at their place Tuesday night.

On a night where neither team could get much going on offense, TCU sophomore Evan Skoug provided the difference maker, as he launched one over the fence to give the Frogs a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The two run dinger is his seventh long ball of the season and accounted for his 37th and 38th RBIs of the season.

It was definitely encouraging to see TCU's pitching return to form, as Rex Hill started the game, but exited after holding DBU scoreless and without a hit through two frames. Hill's night likely ended early due to the news that came down earlier in the day; Friday night starter Luken Baker is being evaluated on a week to week basis after leaving his last start with a muscle strain. With Baker likely out this weekend against Texas Tech, Schloss will either restore Hill to the weekend rotation or use him as part of a pitcher by committee approach at some point against the Red Raiders. Jared Janczak picked up where Hill left off, hurling 4.1 innings of scoreless ball himself, but did surrender three hits and a pair of walks - both on hit batters. Janczak got a little help defensively from Josh Watson, who appeared to make a diving stop to end the third inning with a runner in scoring position. But the umpire ruled the ball had hit the ground, so the DBU baserunner bolted for home. Watson alertly rose and fired one to the dish, getting the runner out at the plate and keeping the goose egg on the scoreboard.

After an hour and a half lightning delay that started in the eighth, closer Durbin Feltman came on in a two on, one out situation, and got a quick two outs to end the inning and the threat. With the storm bearing down, the game was called, and the Frogs headed out with win #29 on the year, and a bit of redemption against their cross-town rivals.

Next up is the conference leading Red Raiders, who will make their way to Lupton for the weekend. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 8:00pm, but be sure to keep an ear out for weather-related changes. Be safe out there, Frog fans.