The Horned Frogs (19-10) entered the game against the Texas squad ranked just 19th in the Baseball America poll, but the game was much bigger in terms of postseason implications. TCU entered the game with the second-best RPI in the nation, according to BoydsWorld.com.
For the second consecutive Tuesday, the ‘Horns turned to Johnny Allstaff, and the results proved to be successful.
Sophomore right-hander Cole Green got the starting nod after throwing just 41 pitches on Sunday afternoon. Green tossed two scoreless innings, scattering two hits and a walk.
Austin Dicharry, the team's normal midweek starter, followed Green and had one of his best performances of the season. After allowing two first-inning singles, Dicharry settled down to retire 11 of the final 12 hitters he faced. In all, he kept TCU off the board for four innings, walking none and striking out five.
"I thought Dicharry was the difference [in the game]," said TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle. "He was outstanding. He threw three pitches for strikes, kept us off-balance, and he really did a great job with their game. I knew we couldn't get down much against that kind of pitching staff."
The Longhorns were able to put TCU in an early hole by scoring all six runs in the first five innings.
Texas chased Horned Frogs starter Greg Holle with a big rally to open the third inning, as they got four consecutive hits. Centerfielder Connor Rowe led off with a double before Travis Tucker, Michael Torres and Brandon Belt all followed with singles.
Belt's run-scoring single was one of his two hits on the night. The junior first baseman was making his return to the lineup after being hit in the eye by a ball in practice last week.
TCU followed the starter with two of its top pitchers, Taylor Cragin and Tyler Lockwood. But, believe it or not, the Longhorns bats were just too much.
Cameron Rupp began the fourth with a leadoff single, and then Kevin Keyes hit an opposite-field home run to deep right-center field, putting the ‘Horns up 4-0. The Torres-Tucker duo helped put Texas up by five later in the frame, as they notched back-to-back singles for the second time in the game.
Texas scored its final run of the evening on a Kevin Keyes RBI single in the fifth, plating cleanup hitter Russell Moldenhauer.
Carrying a 6-0 lead into the top of the sixth, the Longhorns went to their bullpen, relying on Stayton Thomas, Taylor Jungmann and Brandon Workman to close it out. The trio did just that, holding TCU scoreless in the final three innings and leading to the club's sixth shutout of the season.
After his club's most complete game of the season, Head Coach Augie Garrido was clearly pleased with his team's effort, particularly from the suddenly resurgent offense.
"What I think is most rewarding and encouraging from my point of view is the consistency of the offense," Garrido said. "We're playing total offense, we're getting good baserunning, we're taking our walks now, and we're hitting with more confidence.
"If this thing can shift around from the offensive side of it, and we get this total offense working -- we saw some power tonight because they're getting a little more rhythm, a little more timing, a little more confidence. And as it warms up, Texas players are warm weather friendly."
Horns Blank Horned Frogs 6-0
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