Unlike the Horns, TCU brought the wood, bombing UT starter Ray Clark for eight runs, all earned, on nine hits in just 3-2/3 innings. The Frogs jumped on Clark from the first pitch, scoring five runs on six hits in the bottom of the first. Will Lewis and Jake Duncan, who transferred to the Fort Worth school after spending last season in Austin with the Horns, delivered back-to-back homers in the inning.
"A five-run punch hit us square on the chin and staggered us in the first round," Augie Garrido said. After that, the head coach added, his players simply "tried too hard," swinging in front of most pitches and ending up with just four hits and 15 ground ball outs.
TCU added three runs in the fourth, all charged to Clark, with the help of two balks from reliever Eugene Espineli.
UT never threatened home plate until the eighth when the Horns finally managed to push a run across. With one out in the frame, LF Eric Sultemeier singled home CF Kalani Napoleon, but any chance for a big Longhorn inning and the beginnings of a possible comeback evaporated quickly with consecutive two-on strike outs by C Ryan Hubele and 1B Jeff Ontiveros.
"I think we came in more excited than nervous," Clark said. "We wanted to have a good showing so now we'll have to bounce back tomorrow to show we're as good as we think we are."
Texas (2-1) will get that chance Saturday night at 7:30 at Enron vs. Houston.