It may seem hyperbolic to underline the importance of two swings of the bat two weeks into the season, but there’s no way around it for TCU.
Run-scoring hits by Kevin Cron and Cody Jones, who both entered Tuesday night’s game at Dallas Baptist batting below .150 through the Horned Frogs’ 0-6 start, could not have come at more necessary moments or for two players in need of timely hits.
Cron’s RBI double in the first inning and Jones’ RBI-single in the second gave junior Trevor Seidenberger, making his first career start on the mound, all the room he needed as TCU beat Dallas Baptist 6-1 at Horner Ballpark. It’s the Frogs first win against DBU in the last six meetings, and more importantly, their first victory this season.
“It feels really good,” said Cron, who drove in his first three runs of the season. “My job is to drive in runs, whatever it takes. In this situation, you need somebody to come out to pitch and say, ‘It stops here.’ Trevor just went out and threw strikes and let his defense work for him. He really pitched his butt off for us.”
The left-hander held the Patriots hitless over six-plus innings. The only blemishes were a leadoff walk in the fourth and an error at second that allowed the leadoff man aboard in the seventh. The error chased him from the game, but his dominating performance, which included six strikeouts and one unearned run, allowed the Frogs to build a 5-0 lead.
“To break a losing streak you’ve got to have a starting pitcher that just goes to the mound and shuts them down,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “He was outstanding and we got some breaks, but I think we’ve earned the right to get some breaks.”
Jones had three hits, matching his total before Tuesday, and scored two runs. Derek Odell and Brett Johnson each had two hits. Johnson drove in his first two runs of the season with a single to right in the Frogs’ three-run sixth.
DBU (4-4) scored an unearned run in the seventh after Ronnie Mitchell reached on an error. Trey Teakell replaced Seidenberger and allowed a single and an RBI double by Mansfield High ex Michael Miller before Odell atoned for the error by snaring a line drive and doubling up Miller at second.
“It wasn’t just me,” Seidenberger said. “It was our offense, and our defense was there to help me out whenever I needed it. I just came out to play ball and get a win.”