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Baseball falls at No. 7 TCU

Preston Beck hit his first home run of the season in the eighth inning.

 
Preston Beck hit his first home run of the season in the eighth inning.
 

March 8, 2011

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FORT WORTH, Tex. - Michael Guerra and Preston Beck both hit home runs, but No. 7 TCU halted UT Arlington's four-game win streak by defeating the Mavericks 7-3 Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium.

The Horned Frogs (8-4) scored four runs in the first three innings and the Mavericks (6-6) were never able to draw even after falling behind in the second.

"We can't give free passes," UTA coach Darin Thomas said. "We walked seven guys and hit a guy trying to bunt. You're not going to win when you do that and that's what we talked about. We have to do a better job of controlling the game and controlling the tempo on the mound."

After Beck's home run pulled UTA to within a run, TCU answered with three runs in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI groundout, a run-scoring wild pitch and an RBI double.

Guerra's second home run of the season gave the Mavericks the early lead when he blasted a solo home run over the left-field wall. He finished the day 2-for-3 with the homer and two RBI.

TCU answered in the home half of the inning when Jason Coats' triple drove in Taylor Featherston. The Horned Frogs scored again in the second on Joe Weik's sacrifice fly.

Weik followed his RBI with a sensational play in the top of the third. With two outs and the bases loaded, Greg McCall blistered a line drive down the first-base line. Weik dove to his left and snared the liner, ending the Mavericks' threat.

Featherston led off the bottom of the third with a home run to left field and the Horned Frogs added another run in the frame, taking a 4-1 lead.

The Mavs had a chance to cut into the lead in the fifth when Philip Incaviglia led off with a double and Ryan Walker followed with a bunt single. However, TCU reliever Trent Appleby picked Walker off from first. Guerra lifted a sacrifice fly to score Incaviglia, but the Mavs only scored the one run.

The Mavs also had a runner picked off in the eighth when the potential tying run got picked off first.

Appleby (1-1) picked up the win in relief. UTA starter Chase Weaver took the loss in his first collegiate start.

TCU scored four runs in the first three frames. After that, UTA relievers Calan Pritchard and Michael Morales shut the Horned Frogs out over the next four frames.

Guerra extended his hit streak to 12 games. Walker extended his streak to 11 and Beck reached safely for the 32nd consecutive game.

"I thought we competed well," Thomas said. "I thought we had good at-bats against some good arms."

UTA plays again Friday when it opens Southland Conference play with a three-game series at Sam Houston State. Friday's first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

 

 

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