TCU Trips at UTA, 5-3
Feb. 12, 2002
ARLINGTON, Texas - Despite plating three runs in the first two-plus innings of the game, TCU's baseball squad was stymied by Texas-Arlington's bullpen in the Horned Frogs' 5-3 loss at the hands of UTA Tuesday at Allan Saxe Stadium.
UTA opened the scoring in the first on Daniel Ortmeier's RBI triple into the gap in right-center field, giving the Mavericks a 1-0 lead. The score marked the first time this season a TCU opponent was on the board first.
After the two teams traded single runs in the second, TCU grabbed the lead with a pair of runs in the third. Frogs Chris Meeks (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood/Eastfield J.C.) and Will Lewis (Texarkana, Ark./Texarkana/Seminole J.C.) opened the rally with back-to-back doubles, the latter scoring Meeks to tie the game at two. Lewis then advanced home on two-straight balks, chasing Maverick starter Mark Lowe and giving the Horned Frogs the 3-2 advantage.
However, UTA (4-3) scored one run each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to reclaim a 5-3 lead. Darrell Preston's fifth-inning home run to right field, his second of the year, highlighted the Maverick outburst.
The Horned Frogs threatened in each of the final two innings, as two runners reached base in each stanza. But Maverick pitchers Charlie Coffey and Chris Minissale worked their way out of the jams in the eighth and ninth, respectively to seal the UTA victory. Minissale faced one batter to record his first save of the season.
TCU hurler Clint Mokry (Taylor, Texas/Taylor) was handed the loss, allowing three hits and two runs (one earned) in two innings. With the setback, Mokry falls to 1-1 on the season.
UTA reliever Mike Snapp led four Mavericks out of the bullpen, allowing just one hit in four innings of work. Overall, the Frogs were only able to muster three hits and no runs in seven innings against the UTA pen.
Meeks led the Frogs at the plate, collecting three of TCU's eight hits. He also notched a double and a run scored, while raising his batting average to a lofty .462, tops among Horned Frog starters.
TCU will look to get back on track this weekend at the Southwest Texas Challenge at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The Frogs face Southwest Texas on Friday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, and will battle Texas Tech Saturday at noon.