Horned Frogs Routed By UTA, 13-1
March 3, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - Texas-Arlington jumped out to a 6-1 lead after just two innings and cruised to a 13-1 victory over TCU Monday afternoon at Lupton Stadium and Williams-Reilly Field. The setback was the Horned Frogs' second-straight and third in five games versus UTA this season, marking the third-straight year TCU has dropped the season series to its Metroplex rival.
In the midst of a grueling seven-games-in-eight-days stretch, the TCU lineup consisted of just three players who had made starts this season, combining for only 11 starting nods between them. UTA starter Ricky Stover took advantage of the inexperienced Frogs, catching the game's first two base runners off first base to quell any Horned Frog scoring chance in the first inning.
The Mavericks, designated as the home team in Fort Worth for the second-straight day, gave Stover all the support he would need by plating five runs in the bottom of the first to take a 5-0 lead.
TCU designated hitter J.J. Estrada (Guatemala City, Guatemala/Independent) tried to get the Frogs back in the game in the second, belting his first-career home run to left field, cutting the deficit to 5-1.
That would be as close as TCU (9-6) would get, however, as the Mavs added another run in the bottom of the frame to push their lead back to five runs at 6-1.
UT-Arlington (8-8) added three runs in the fourth and four more in the eighth to account for the final margin.
Stover pitched five solid innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out three to up his record to 2-0. TCU freshman Zach Duncan (Marshall, Texas/Marshall) had the shortest outing on the mound of his young career, going just two-thirds of an inning. He allowed five runs on four hits and walked three as his record fell to 0-2.
The Horned Frogs will look to get back on track when they travel to Norman, Okla. Tuesday for a showdown with Oklahoma. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at OU's L. Dale Mitchell Park.
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