The No. 9 Houston Cougars could not find a way to silence the bats of the No. 13 TCU Horned Frogs and dropped a heartbreaker by the score of 10-1 in the final game for both teams in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston, Texas on Sunday, February 28, 2016. The Cougars left Minute Maid Park with an 0-3 record in the tournament and dropped their season record to 4-3. TCU heads back to Fort Worth posting a 3-0 record for the weekend and a 6-1 mark in 2016.
The Horned Frogs’ bats erupted in the third inning when they scored five runs on three hits and one Houston error. Shortstop Mason Hesse scored from third base when right fielder Conner Wanhanen reached base on a fielder’s choice. Wanhenen then scored on an Evan Skoug single, making the score 2-0 in favor of TCU. After Luken Baker and Josh Watson both reached base, left fielder Josh Watson hit a monster home run to deep right field, to give the Horned Frogs a 5-0 lead.
The Cougars finally got on the board in the fifth innings off a Jose Reyes single. The starting shortstop smashed the ball through the left side of the infield, sending Derek Dickerson home from third base. The first baseman doubled to get on base in his second bat of the night and reached third base off a passed ball. They had a chance to tie the score in the fifth inning with the bases loaded, however Joe Davis struck out swinging and Justin Montemayor grounded out to second base.
TCU added four more runs in the sixth inning when Cam Warner singled through the left side, allowing Mason Hesse and Wanhenen to score from third base and second base respectively. Baker connected up the middle on a 2-1 pitch for a single; sending Warner and Evan Skoug home for the scores. One insurance run was added for TCU in the seventh inning
The Cougars will have one day of rest to prepare for a Tuesday, March 1 game against UT-San Antonio with a 6:30 p.m. CST first pitch. TCU will play UT Rio Grande Valley on the same day with a 6:30 p.m. CST start.