First baseman Jake Guenther launched a three run shot into right field in the bottom of the first and three pitchers combined for six shutout innings out of the pen to back up freshman Dawson Barr, as the Horned Frogs won 6-2 over Rio Grande Valley Tuesday night.
Barr struggled early, allowing the Vaqueros to score once in each of the first two innings - but those would be their only runs of the game. After allowing back to back hits and a sac fly, Barr recorded consecutive strikeouts in his first inning of work. The Frogs answered in a big way in the bottom of the third off the bat of Guenther, who sent his third long ball of the season over the fence in right, scoring Watson (who doubled), and Isola (who was hit by a pitch). The Vaqueros got one back in the second, benefitting from a HBP and a wild pitch to score on a one out double. But that will be all for Rio Grande Valley in the game, as Spencer Arrighetti, James Notary, and Augie Mihlbauer combined to hold them to just four hits while recording eight strikeouts to close things out.
TCU added two in the fifth when Zach Humphreys led off with a walk and Watson (double) and Isola (single) strung together back to back hits. Humphreys gave the Frogs a little insurance in the seventh with an RBI double as well.
Watson was the only Frog to record multiple hits, as the Vaqueros pitching held the TCU offense to six runs on seven hits - though four of them were doubles. TCU struck out seven times and walked just three. Spencer Arrighetti earned the win with three scoreless innings in relief, as TCU Baseball moved to 16-7 on the year.
The Frogs will stay home for three more, welcoming in Big 12 rival Oklahoma State to Lupton for a conference series beginning Friday evening.