For the past four seasons there has been a game during TCU's season when the Horned Frogs, perhaps after hitting a low of futility, regrouped and carried a winning swagger into the postseason.
This year the Frogs hope that was Tuesday's 10-inning, five-error loss at UT Arlington. Of course, that pivot point needs to be followed by a victory. TCU's 4-2 win Friday against UNLV in front of 4,198 at Lupton Stadium could be the fresh start the Frogs needed.
TCU held on despite two late errors, including one in the ninth, which contributed to two UNLV runs and nearly ruined the Frogs' first night home game after a nine-game road trip and an overall defensive gem by the Frogs.
"The difference in the game was we played good defense," TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "We're trying to restart our season right now."
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After building a 4-0 lead in the fourth, TCU (13-10, 5-2 in the MWC) converted three double plays to scuttle rallies in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The biggest mess came in the seventh, after starter Stefan Crichton, who otherwise had pitched six solid innings, left with the bases loaded with no outs.
Justin Scharf got a strikeout and induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. In the eighth, Scharf worked out of a jam after a leadoff walk and throwing error put two on with no outs.
Again, he got a strikeout and a 5-4-3 double play, started by Jantzen Witte, who played third for the first time since January surgery.
Witte and Kevin Cron, who is also recovering from an injury, each had two hits and scored a run.