Frogs face UTA Mavericks, hopes for another doubling win

The Horned Frog baseball team hit and then fell below .500 over the weekend, dropping two of its last three contests, and now has its sights set on the University of Texas at Arlington, a team it doubled in scoring last season.

At 3-4, the Horned Frogs have a chance to pull their season record back to even against the Mavericks, whom they beat 14-7 in their last meeting a year ago.

Sophomore pitcher Steven Maxwell, who is 1-0 in two starts this season, had his one and only start last year in the UTA game. He only lasted 1 2/3 innings, surrendering three runs.

The Mavericks had an explosive second inning with six runs scored, but the Horned Frogs were able to overcome it with three innings of three or more runs.

TCU scored four in the fourth inning, three in the sixth and five in the seventh while holding UTA to six scoreless innings after its six-run second inning.

Junior first baseman Matt Vern, who is tied for the team RBI lead this season with seven, batted in two runs for the Horned Frogs against the Mavericks last year.

The Mavericks are 4-6 this season, and are coming off a win against the University of Alabama.

The Mavericks are led by senior Danny Slinkman, who is first on the team with 13 RBIs and second with a .393 batting average, and freshman Michael Choice, leading the team with a .405 batting average and 17 hits.

In last year’s game, Slinkman finished the day with three RBIs on 2-4 hitting.

In its third game of the season, UTA lost to Dallas Baptist University 4-3, a team TCU beat 6-1 in its fourth game of the season.

Today’s game is the first of a seven-game home stretch for the Horned Frogs, who will not leave Fort Worth until their second matchup of the season with Dallas Baptist on March 24.