TCU’s domination at the Shriners Hospital For Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston , Texas continued on Sunday afternoon with a 10-1 win over the University of Houston Cougars. Through three games, the Horned Frogs scored 27 runs on the strength of 34 hits. Sunday’s win extended TCU’s win streak to six straight games.
Houston starter Mitch Ullom started off strong but like most starting pitchers to take the hill against TCU in this tournament, the freshman left-hander didn’t last long. The former Sweeney alum lasted into the third before the Horned Frog hitters roughed him up and sent him to the showers. In his two and two-third innings of work, Ullom surrendered five earned runs on six hits. Cougars reliever Bubba Maxwell didn’t fare much better giving up three more runs in his two and two-thirds innings of work.
The scoring third for TCU started with a sinking line drive off the bat of Mason Hesse that fell for single in front of Cougar’s right fielder Clay Casey. Eight batters later the inning was over with the Horned Frogs leading 5-0. The big blow of the inning a three run shot off the bat Josh Watson with two outs.
A four run sixth for TCU put the game out of reach. Second baseman Cam Warner and clean-up hitter Luken Baker had key two run singles and helped the squad from Fort Worth get deeper into the Cougars already overused bullpen.
Meanwhile TCU starter Rex Hill scattered four hits over four innings. Houston’s lone tally came in the fifth on a Jose Reyes RBI single.
TCU scored the game’s final run in the eighth on back-to-back doubles from Evan Skoug and Ryan Johnson.
The Horned Frogs pitching staff limited the Cougars to one run on six hits. For the tournament, head coach Jim Schlossnagle’s staff hurled 25 innings of two run baseball posting a 0.72 ERA. At one point te TCU staff threw 17 innings of scoreless baseball.
The offensive attack for TCU in the tournament was led by Luken Baker’s .444 batting average with four RBI’s, four runs scored, three walks, and three extra base hits. On the mound, the freshman three six innings of shutout baseball with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Thirteenth ranked TCU returns home to Lupton Stadium for a 6:30p.m. CDT match-up against UT Rio Grande Valley on March 1, 2016.
Houston began its final appearance in the College Classic falling in a hard fought 3-2 loss to Texas Tech before being routed by Arkansas and TCU. The Classic will feature a themed tournament next season pitting the Big 12 (Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech) against the SEC (Texas A&M, LSU, and Mississippi).
The Cougars will be at home on Tuesday March 1, 2016 against UTSA. First pitch is slated for 6:30p.m. CDT.