ARLINGTON, Texas – Josh Watson drove in three runs and TCU held on for its ninth win in a row, topping UT Arlington 5-4 on Tuesday night.
TCU took advantage of a trio of walks in the first inning to open up an early lead. Watson put the Frogs on top with a one-out sacrifice fly.
A trio of unearned runs in the fifth helped TCU extend its lead to 4-0. With two on and nobody out, Cam Warner lined a base hit up the middle to drive in Zach Humphreys. A two-out, two-run double from Watson doubled the TCU lead.
UTA got on the board with a solo home run in the sixth, but the Frogs answered back in the top of the seventh. Warner doubled with one out and scored on a two-out double from Luken Baker to restore the four-run lead, 5-1.
The Mavericks climbed back into the game with a solo home run in the eighth and two runs in the ninth, but a running miscue on a ball in the dirt ended the game as Durbin Feltman preserved his eighth save of the season.
Mitchell Traver (1-0) made his return to the mound. In two innings of work, the right-hander allowed two hits and struck out four. Haylen Green tossed 2 2/3 innings of shutout baseball in relief. Trey Morris and Sean Wymer also saw action on the mound.
Stat of the Game
3 – Josh Watson drove in three runs in the game with a sacrifice fly and a two-run double in the fifth.
• TCU has tallied multiple runs in an inning 41 times this season.
• TCU recorded double-digit strikeouts for the 14th time this season.
• Cam Warner pushed his hitting streak to 12 games.
• Warner posted his eighth multi-hit game and the 31st of his career.
• Austen Wade has reached base safely in 16 straight games.
• Wade stretched his hitting streak to eight games.
• Evan Skoug and Cam Warner have reached base safely in 12 straight games.
• Josh Watson notched his fourth multi-RBI game of the season and the 18th of his career.
• Elliott Barzilli pushed his hitting streak to six games.
• Luken Baker stretched his hitting streak to nine games.
• Durbin Feltman improved to 17-for-17 in save opportunities.
TCU improves to 23-5 overall with the win. TCU returns home this weekend to host Murray State in a three game series. Friday’s first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.