TCU MEDIA RELATIONS:
ARLINGTON – Five runs in its final two at-bats helped No. 1 TCU improve to 4-0 with a 7-2 victory over UT Arlington Tuesday night. Evan Skoug’s two-run blast in the eighth put the Horned Frogs up for good.
For the third straight game, TCU found itself facing an early deficit. The Mavericks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on a trio of hits. Quintin Rohrbaugh put UT Arlington in front with a 1-out base hit and Brady Cox pushed the lead to two with a base knock.
TCU cut the deficit in half in the third, picking up a run on two hits. Nolan Brown singled to lead off the inning. Two stolen bases later, he was standing on third for Ryan Merrill, who doubled to make it a 2-1 game.
Brown made it happen in the fifth as he used his speed to tie the game at two. He singled with one out, stole second and moved to third as the throw sailed into center. Zach Humphreys hit a shallow fly ball to left and Brown beat the throw home for a 2-2 game.
The Frogs finally grabbed the lead in the top of the eight. Austen Wade worked a one-out walk. Evan Skoug launched an opposite-field home run over the left field fence to put the Frogs up 4-2.
UTA put together a threat in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with only one out. Noah Vaughan hit a fly ball to right. The runner at third tagged up and had the throw home beat, but he missed home, allowing Humphreys to gather the ball and tag the runner before he touched the plate to end the inning.
TCU added a trio of runs in the ninth. An errant throw by the second baseman allowed Cam Warner to score. Humphreys doubled home the second run of the frame and scored on a Wade base hit to account for the final score.
Jake Eissler (1-0) picked up his first career win with 1 1/3 shutout innings. He allowed two hits and struck out one. Mitchell Traver started and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits. Charles King pitched three shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout. Durbin Feltman got two outs to end the eighth and Sean Wymer struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth.
Stat of the Game
5 – TCU tallied five runs in its final two at-bats to break a 2-2 tie in the ballgame.
• TCU is 4-0 to start a season for the first time since the 2015 season.
• It’s the third time under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle the Horned Frogs have opened the season 4-0 (2010; 2015).
• TCU has allowed a first-inning run in three straight games.
• TCU has homered in three straight games.
• TCU stole five bases in the contest. The Frogs have 11 stolen bases in their last two games played.
• Nolan Brown has hit safely in all four games this season.
• Brown a career-high three steals in the match. It’s his second career multi-steal game.
• Brown notched his second multi-hit game of the season and the 20th of his career.
• Evan Skoug collected his first multi-RBI game of the season and the 27th of his career.
• Skoug tallied his first home run of the season and the 17th of his career.
• Zach Humphreys tallied his first career hit, an RBI-double in the ninth.
• Humphreys tallied his second career multi-RBI game.
TCU (4-0) will open a four-game homestand Friday night when it plays host to Arizona State. First pitch for Friday’s series-opener is set for 6:30 at Lupton Stadium.