TCU offense explodes for seven runs in the fourth, tops UTA 11-4

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TCU’s Cody Jones and Paul Hendrix each drove in three runs as the Horned Frogs beat UT Arlington 11-4 Tuesday at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Frogs (17-20) collected six of their 12 hits in a seven-run fourth inning as 11 batters went to the plate. TCU’s first four batters in the inning singled against UTA starter John Beck, including Derek Odell’s two-run single to right. An error helped prolong the inning for the Frogs. Kyle Bacak worked a two-out walk after falling behind 0-2 to set up Jones’ two-run double, which made it 6-0.

“That was clutch,” Jones said of Bacak. “For him to walk and give me the opportunity to get a hit and get some more runs in, that really set the table for us.”

Boomer White, who had two hits in the inning, drove in Jones for the seventh run.

“It was probably our best offensive inning of the season for sure,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “A lot of good things happened in that inning.”

The Mavericks (20-16) tagged TCU starter Stefan Crichton for three runs in the bottom of the inning after the first four batters reached. Greg McCall’s single to right scored Ryan Walker. Two more runs scored on a sacrifice fly and Crichton’s wild pitch. Trey Teakell replaced Crichton with two outs and ended the inning by forcing an infield pop up.

Teakell (2-0) held the Mavs to three hits over the 3 1/3 innings to earn the win. Teakell hasn’t allowed an earned run in 13 2/3 innings out of the bullpen this season.

“That was big [for Teakell] to come in and limit the damage,” Schlossnagle said. “They loaded the bases and he got us out of it. He’s been a life-saver because Nick Frey has not been available lately.”

Hendrix’s three-run opposite-field homer off Sam Hansen in the eighth extended TCU’s lead to 10-3. TCU had 12 hits, the most for the Frogs since March 30. The 11 runs are their most since TCU scored 13 March 13 against Northwestern State.

“That’s where my power is mainly at, right-center, so I try to stay with that approach,” said Hendrix, who has hit all three of his home runs to right. “It was an inside fastball and I just hit it inside out.”

Beck (1-4) took the loss after allowing seven runs (three earned) on seven hits, including six in the fourth inning.

“It all starts on the mound. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, if you’ve got a guy pitching well your team plays better behind him,” UTA coach Darin Thomas said. “We’ll be OK. We’ve got to shake it off and play well on the weekend because we’re tied for first place in the [Western Athletic] conference.”

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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