BIG FIRST INNING PROPELS NO. 11 TCU OVER MAVERICKS
March 3, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas - The No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs baseball team scored six runs in the opening two innings and added five runs late to knock off UT Arlington 11-3 on Tuesday night at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington. Despite a 4-for-5 performance from sophomore center fielder Michael Choice, the Mavericks fall to 4-5 overall on the season while TCU improves to 6-1 overall.
UT Arlington starter Ryan Robinson made his season debut on Tuesday allowing six runs on six hits in three innings of work. The game started with Robinson hitting the first two batters and then allowing back-to-back hits which was followed with an error by Mavericks' shortstop Tim Steggall. All five of the base runners would score as the Horned Frogs took a commanding 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the first.
Choice led the Mavericks offense which tallied nine base hits, four belonging to Choice. The Mavericks scored runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings, as the first run scored on an error and the second and third runs were drove in by senior designated hitter Matt Otteman.
Choice, the Southland Conference leader in RBI (14), recorded singles in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings for UT Arlington. He scored the Mavs' first run of the game in the third when TCU center fielder Corey Steglich dropped a fly ball with two outs.
Otteman extended his hit-streak to nine games with a single to center field in the seventh inning, scoring lead-off hitter Jay Pitschka who singled down the right-field line to start the inning. Otteman also drove in Steggall with a sacrifice fly to right field in the fifth inning.
TCU sophomore right-handed pitcher Greg Holle (2-0) picked up the victory pitching a predetermined four innings, allowing three hits, one run, two walks and striking out three batters.
The Horned Frogs were led by catcher Bryan Holaday (2-for-3, 3 RBI), Jason Coats (2-for-4, 2 runs) and Matt Carpenter (2-for-3, 2 RBI).
UT Arlington will play a non-conference game on Thursday, March 5, hosting NAIA Iowa Wesleyan for a 5 p.m. first pitch at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington.