UT Arlington and pitcher Brad Vachon sent a message in unison Tuesday night.
The Mavericks are better than their record.
Vachon was 0-2 before he struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings, and the Mavericks were 1-5 before they banged out 13 hits in a 10-2 victory against TCU.
Darien McLemore, Matt Shortall and JM Twichell doubled consecutively, and Greg McCall hit a three-run home run, all in a six-run third inning, against TCU right-hander Jordan Kipper (1-1).
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It was the most runs given up by the Frogs (6-2) this season, nearly matching their total of 11 allowed in the previous seven games.
“We all knew that UTA had a much better team than their record indicated,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “They had a really successful season last year, had a lot of veteran players back. They got very, very healthy tonight.”
Vachon allowed only one run on six hits and walked one. Schlossnagle said Vachon’s performance against a TCU team that came in hitting .285 was the key to the game.
“He’s their opening day starter, and he’s had two rough starts,” Schlossnagle said. “He’s obviously a very, very good pitcher.
“They felt like he was their best pitcher going into the season. That’s why he started opening day. So I would expect him to build on that outing and have a great year.”
For the Frogs, Kipper did not match the masterful performance he had last week against Northern Colorado. Instead of keeping the ball down, he was high in the strike zone and it cost him on a rare night with the wind blowing out.
“They got him in the stretch; they were all off-speed pitches.” Schlossnagle said. “Give them credit, they did a great job with it.
“On a normal Lupton Stadium night, one or two of those would have been fly ball outs. But tonight, they did a good job of taking advantage of the conditions, and their pitcher did a heck of a job keeping the ball down and away from us.”