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TCU hitters find groove in 8-0 streak

TCU first baseman Elliott Barzilli gets a warm welcome back to the dugout after a solo home run in the sixth inning Sunday against Texas. It was the second home run of the season for the sophomore from Los Angeles.
TCU first baseman Elliott Barzilli gets a warm welcome back to the dugout after a solo home run in the sixth inning Sunday against Texas. It was the second home run of the season for the sophomore from Los Angeles. Star-Telegram

In matching a season high with an eight-game winning streak, TCU appears to be hitting as well as it has all season.

The Horned Frogs scored 24 runs in a three-game sweep of Texas over the weekend and averaged 6.6 runs in the 8-0 run.

Elliott Barzilli homered twice in the streak, and Cody Jones once.

In the past six games against Santa Clara, Incarnate Word and Texas, the Horned Frogs have averaged 7.5 runs, matching their most productive six-game stretch. They also averaged 7.5 runs in starting the season 5-1 against Southern Illinois, UT Arlington and Arizona State.

“We’re hitting a lot better,” Barzilli said. “We’re getting more extra-base hits, harder contact. It’s really good for our pitchers, too. It takes the stress off their backs, because they’re really carrying this team with great pitching.”

The Horned Frogs led the nation in ERA last week, and Sunday’s 7-1 victory against Texas was the 19th in which they allowed a run or less.

In all games, TCU continues to lead the Big 12 in hitting (.293) and ERA (2.21). Connor Wanhanen leads the conference with a .402 average.

“Everyone is playing for each other,” said pitcher Alex Young, third in Big 12 ERA at 1.65. “We’re stringing together hits. Guys are really starting to buy in and get their pitch, what they need. From a pitching standpoint, there are some things we need to work on — getting ahead in counts; we walked a lot of guys. But I think a lot of guys played awesome.”

After today’s game at Dallas Baptist, the Horned Frogs resume Big 12 play with a three-game series at West Virginia starting Friday. They’ll be off for exams next week and then start another Big 12 three-game series at home against Kansas.

Dallas Baptist, of the Missouri Valley Conference, is ranked No. 2 in the nation in RPI, which measures a team’s strength based on record and win percentage. TCU is No. 7 in RPI.

The teams played on April 7 in Fort Worth, and TCU won 6-2.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407

Twitter: @calexmendez

No. 5 TCU at No. 16 Dallas Baptist

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Horner Ballpark

Mitchell Traver (6-1, 1.93) vs TBA

Records: TCU 34-8; Dallas Baptist 32-9

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