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By Cassie Logan | @c4ssielogan
ARLINGTON, Texas – No. 6 TCU pounded out 16 hits and took advantage of three UT Arlington errors in a 17-4 win over the Mavericks on Tuesday night at Clay Gould Ballpark.
TCU (19-5) erased a 2-0 UTA lead with five runs in the top of the third and never looked back. In all, the Horned Frogs pushed across 13 unanswered runs between the third and fifth innings, with 15 of their 17 runs on the night coming with two outs.
The Mavs, who entered the night hitting .309 as a team struggled to muster much offense against four TCU arms, finishing with just four hits on the night while striking out a season-high 15 times.
"They (TCU) played very well and hit a lot of balls hard," coach Darin Thomas said. "That’s the most we've struck out in a game offensively. We walked a lot of people and didn't execute pitches. You play a good team and do those things, that’s going to be the result."
The meeting was the second of three this season and the only one in Arlington. The first came as a loss for the Mavericks at Lupton Stadium on March 8. UTA (14-12) is now 3-4 against Big 12 members this season.
Matt McLean went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run. Josh Minjarez was 1-for-2 with a double and one run for UTA. Christian Hollie, Brady Cox and Jerame Littell were hitless, but each record RBIs for the Mavs.
UTA Starter Brad Vassar (1-1) put up a pair of zeros in the opening two frames, but finished the night responsible for five earned runs on seven hits. He punched out three, along with a walk in 2.2 innings.
The Horned Frogs got 4.1 innings from starter Rex Hill, who took a no-decision despite punching out eight hitters on the night. Reliever Jared Janczak moved to 3-1 with the win, retiring both of the hitters he faced in the bottom of the fifth.
Offensively, all but two of the 12 hitters who received an at-bat picked up at least one hit, led by Cam Warner's 4-for-6 night that included three runs scored and an RBI.
In all the Mavs threw six arms on the mound with Logan Austin finishing as the only UTA pitcher to not allow a run. The freshman retired seven of the eight batters he faced in just his third appearance of the year, finishing with three strikeouts in tossing the final two innings of the night
After having the first three batters retired, the Mavs put something together in the bottom of the second to plate the game's first two runs. Quintin Rohrbaugh and RJ Williams picked up back-to-back singles and a wild pitch advanced both into scoring position with one out. Another wild pitch brought Rohrbaugh across while Darien McLemore walked. Jerame Littell's RBI groundout scored Williams to make it 2-0.
The Horned Frogs wasted no time erasing UTA's lead and scored five runs on two outs in the next half inning. A trio of singles and a wild pitch tied the ballgame at two before Josh Watson's home run to left cleared the bases and put them up 4-2. The Frogs would tack on another run in the inning, along with two more in the fourth before plating six unearned runs in the top of the fifth to break things wide open with a 13-2 advantage.
Minjarez gave the Mavericks some life in the fifth with a leadoff double. McLean beat out a hit to second base and raced to second on a wild pitch before Hollie's knock to short brought Minjarez home. McLean plated UTA's fourth run on a chopper to third for what would be the Mavs' final run of the night.
The Mavs will next jump back into Sun Belt Conference this weekend when they hit the road for a three-game set at Georgia State beginning Friday night in Atlanta.
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