Baseball's Skid Reaches Five Games With 15-1 Loss to UTA
April 23, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas- Texas-Arlington scored in all but two innings and posted multiple tallies in five different frames as it extended TCU's season-long losing streak to five games, dropping the Horned Frogs 15-1 Tuesday afternoon at TCU Diamond. The margin of defeat was TCU's largest since suffering a 17-3 setback at Rice on May 18, 2001.
UTA got on the board early and often, plating two runs in the first inning, single tallies in the second and third and three more in the fourth to jump out to a 7-0 lead.
After TCU (20-22) was finally able to hold the Mavericks scoreless in the fifth inning, UTA exploded for three more runs in the sixth to take a commanding 10-0 advantage.
The Horned Frogs notched its only run of the game in the bottom of the stanza, thanks to an RBI groundout off the bat of Ryan Weems (Roswell, N.M./Goddard/New Mexico St.).
However, UT-Arlington (21-21) answered with five more runs over the next two innings to account for the final tally.
In all, the Mavs roughed up seven TCU pitchers for 15 runs on 17 hits. The Horned Frogs committed a season-high five errors, which led to seven unearned runs.
Like in last weekend's three-game sweep at Tulane, perhaps the only bright spot for the Frogs was right fielder Terry Trofholz (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior/Creighton) who extended his TCU season-best hitting streak to 15 games with a third-inning double. However, with a 1-for-3 effort, the junior's league-leading batting average actually fell three points, from .477 to .474.
While Trofholz's run was extended, the Frogs' only other double-digit hitting streak of the campaign was snapped as Marshall Wilson (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) saw his streak end at 10 games.
UTA starter Aaron Pullin upped his record to 6-0 with the win, while TCU's Aaron Tims (Fort Worth, Texas/Eastern Hills/Grayson J.C.) picked up the loss to fall to 0-3 for the season.
TCU will look to snap its skid this weekend when it visits first-place Louisville for a pivotal three-game Conference USA showdown. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. (CDT) Friday night at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky.