Nine runs looks good from any angle.But even for TCU’s starved offense, the nine runs in its 9-2 victory against Northwestern State might have been short of satisfying.The Frogs needed the benefit of 11 walks - three with the bases loaded - and a bases-loaded balk to put up their third-biggest run total of the season. They never mashed the ball in big situations. Well, not never -` right fielder Boomer White sizzled a single to center with runners on second and third.But three pop-ups accounted for the outs in a three-run sixth, and a double-play from clean-up hitter Kevin Cron ended a four-run seventh.“It wasn’t a whole lot of what we did on offense as much as what they gave us,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “Offensively, we haven’t been a very solid team. We took advantage of what they gave us. But we also had opportunities with the heart of the order up.”When Northwestern (9-9) led 2-0 after the fourth, the Frogs were in a danger zone. They had scored two runs or fewer in 10 of their 14 games coming in.But Northwestern opened the door. Starter Andrew Adams’ throwing error to first base allowed a run to score, and catcher Kyle Bacak tied it 2-2 with a looping single to left field.In the sixth, another error helped get the Frogs (6-9) going. Third baseman Matt Burns mishandled an infield pop-up that fell fair, loading the bases, to fuel the inning that put TCU ahead for good.It was a little late to give Trey Teakell a chance at a win. The reliever-turned-starter from Weatherford gave the Frogs five innings in his first start of the year, allowing two runs on six hits. He had given up only an unearned run in four relief appearances coming in.“He’d earned it,” Schlossnagle said of the start by Teakell. “He’s been pitching pretty well all year.”Travis Evans (1-0) got the win with three innings, striking out two.
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