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TCU pitchers stretch scoreless streak with fifth win in past six games

TCU pitcher Sean Wymer, shown here earlier in the season, allowed four hits and no runs in six innings Wednesday against Dallas Baptist. Twice DBU's Devlin Granberg led off innings with singles only to have Wymer pick him off each time.
TCU pitcher Sean Wymer, shown here earlier in the season, allowed four hits and no runs in six innings Wednesday against Dallas Baptist. Twice DBU's Devlin Granberg led off innings with singles only to have Wymer pick him off each time. Special to the Star-Telegram

Opposing teams can't seem to score against TCU lately.

Although, because of a slow start to the season, the Horned Frogs are going to need every victory they can squeeze out if they hope to make a late-season run to a fifth consecutive trip to the College World Series.

On Wednesday night, coach Jim Schlossnagle's club picked up its fifth win in the past six games by shutting out Dallas Baptist 7-0 at Lupton Stadium.

For the first time in school history, fans were allowed to purchase beer in the venue at a university sporting event. While some were probably hoping for a high-scoring affair, TCU pitchers Sean Wymer, Augie Mihlbauer and Cal Coughlin ensured that the visiting team never got on the scoreboard.

In fact, in their last 25 1/3 innings, the Frogs have not allowed a single run.

"I think when the starting pitcher goes out there and kind of starts a game off hot, it shows everyone that I can keep us in the game, and guys can have confidence in that and go out there and do their thing," Wymer said.

Wymer's been a bit inconsistent this season. Coming into tonight, he'd made 10 appearances (8 starts), compiling a 3-3 record and 4.36 ERA. Of the the team's three primary starters, opponents also had the highest batting average against him (.259).

But in his start against Dallas Baptist, Wymer was reasonably efficient, throwing just 75 pitches (52 strikes) in six innings of work. More importantly, he allowed four hits and zero runs en route to his fourth victory of the season.

Once Wymer exited the gamer, the Frogs' bullpen picked up right where he left off.

Mihlbauer has been a model of consistency all season. In his first 17 appearances this season, he's recorded a 1.04 ERA and 24 strikeouts. And that was before the freshman tossed two innings of shutout relief on Wednesday.

In the ninth, right-hander Cal Coughlin finished the shutout.

TCU's offense got off to a slow start, producing just one run through the first six innings. But in the seventh and eighth frames, the bats came alive. By the end of the night, the Horned Frogs tallied 7 runs on 13 hits. The top of the TCU order — Coby Boulware, Josh Watson and A.J. Balta — combined to go 8-of-11 with four runs scored and four RBIs.

"Because of our injuries and where we are in the season, we're not an elite offense anyways. So we have to be an opportunistic one" said Schlossnagle.

On Friday night, TCU will look to continue its winning ways with the start of a three-game weekend home series against Lamar. After that, the Frogs are idle until they host West Virginia for a critical Big 12 series starting Friday, May 11.

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