Team notches 20 runs after weekend losses

A Monday night road win against Dallas Baptist University brought the Horned Frogs above .500 for the fourth time this season following a 20-run offensive surge.

Last night’s 20-3 victory gave the Horned Frogs an 11-10 record before today’s doubleheader against Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Last weekend the team saw its record go from 10-8 to 10-10 after finishing on the losing end of their first Mountain West Conference series.

The Horned Frogs’ first conference opener started with a bang but fizzled down the straight as the team dropped the next two games and the series against New Mexico.

Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said the team’s start to the season over the weekend has been tough and its early record was unexpected. But, he said, there is plenty of time left in the season, and he expects things to improve.

“We anticipate being a better club, but we have to start playing like it, versus talking about doing it,” Schlossnagle said.

In the first game of the series Thursday against the Lobos, the Horned Frogs capitalized on numerous mistakes by the Lobos in the field, opening the weekend series with a 10-2 victory.

TCU dropped the second game Friday 7-4, with the loss credited to freshman Greg Holle, who gave up four runs in five and one-third innings, falling to 1-2 on the season.

The Lobos used back-to-back two-run innings in the sixth and seventh to seal the win.

In the deciding game of the series Saturday, the Horned Frogs struggled to take advantage of scoring opportunities and fell 5-3.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, sophomore Bryan Holaday singled between shortstop and third base to give the Horned Frogs their first hit of the game against New Mexico’s Stephen Smith, who was not expected to make the start. But junior Matt Carpenter then grounded into a double play to end the inning. The team would ground into three double plays on the day.

“Tip your hats to New Mexico,” Schlossnagle said. “They had a pitcher who wasn’t expected to start and he did a good job of pitching down in the zone. We couldn’t get good swings with runners on base and they made the plays.”

TCU had a chance to come back in the late innings, but the effort fell short. With the Horned Frogs down two runs, New Mexico pulled their starter, who gave up three runs and eight hits in eight innings of work. Junior Hunt Woodruff then singled over third base to bring the potential tying run to the plate, but junior Corey Steglich hit into a double play to end the game.

“It’s really frustrating,” Holaday said. “A lot of guys are hitting these balls hard, but right at people. We need to make an adjustment and start winning more games.”