Offense struggles continue for TCU baseball in loss to No. 16 Dallas Baptist

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Freshman Caedmon Parker (3) gave up three runs in three innings pitched on April 12, 2022. (Photo courtesy of gofrogs.com)

By Charles Baggarly

After a near two hour lightning delay, TCU soundly lost to No. 16 Dallas Baptist 6-1 on Tuesday night. 

Freshman Caedmon Parker started on the mound for the Frogs. He had a tough 1st inning, giving up a walk and a home run to Patriots left fielder Jace Grady to start the ballgame.

After a scoreless second, designated hitter Reed Spenrath cut the lead to one with a solo home run to left center field in the 3rd.

Dallas Baptist quickly regained their two run lead in the bottom half on an RBI single from centerfielder Ryan Wrobleski.

In Parker’s last four starts, he has given up 11 runs in 12.1 innings pitched.

Taylor made a spectacular play in foul territory to end the inning, with runners on the corners. Catcher Kurtis Byrne didn’t see the pop up, so Taylor sprinted over and was barely able to make the grab.

To start the 4th, the Frogs made a call to their bullpen, and sophomore Cam Brown took over on the mound. 

Saarloos has said throughout the season that in order for Cam Brown to have success, he needs to be confident in himself. After a four pitch walk, shortstop Tommy Sacco and catcher Kurtis Byrne made a trip to the mound to talk to Brown. He then settled down, escaping the inning unscathed. 

Brown was looking solid until he gave up an RBI triple with two outs in the 5th. The next batter hit a high, catchable fly ball that left fielder Porter Brown couldn’t handle, leading to another run. 

In the 6th, centerfielder Elijah Nunez got a leadoff infield single, setting the Frogs up nicely to chip away at the lead.

The next at bat, Taylor hit a deep fly ball that was caught by Wrobleski. Wrobleski bobbled the ball while transitioning, and chaos ensued. Nunez did not know that Taylor was called out and ran to second base. The Patriots secured the double play after throwing to first. 

The play was reviewed and confirmed. 

The Frog’s woes continued in the bottom half of the 6th. Drew Hill replaced Brown and immediately gave up a solo shot to left field to make it a five run ballgame.

Gray Rodgers ended the inning with a clever play, letting the ball drop on purpose to secure the double play.

TCU’s offense couldn’t get anything going the rest of the game, and they fell 6-1.

The Frogs ended the game with only one walk, five less than their average.

TCU (21-12) will play No. 4 Texas Tech this weekend at Lupton. The upcoming games, due to their rough month, have become increasingly important for the Frogs to win in order to have a shot at making the College World Series.