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Texas offense roughs up TCU pitching to even series

The TCU baseball team lines up for the anthem before the game. The Texas Longhorns played the TCU Horned Frogs in Big 12 baseball Friday, Mar. 22, at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth.
The TCU baseball team lines up for the anthem before the game. The Texas Longhorns played the TCU Horned Frogs in Big 12 baseball Friday, Mar. 22, at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth. Special to the Star-Telegram

A night after the highest of highs, TCU baseball hit a low.

The Texas Longhorns, who saw the Horned Frogs rally from a two-run, ninth-inning deficit on Friday night, left no doubt on Saturday at Lupton Stadium.

Texas jumped on starter TCU Jake Eissler in the first inning and never let up en route to a 13-1 win. Zach Zubia, who had a two-run homer robbed by TCU center fielder Johnny Rizer in the fourth inning on Friday, also left no doubt on a two-run homer to left to start the scoring.

“We’re looking for a lot of answers on the pitching staff outside of about four or five pitcher,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “Every time you think someone shows you a little bit of a bright spot they don’t throw strikes when they come in.”

The Longhorns kept adding on, too, no matter who the Frogs threw at them. Eissler was charged with six runs on six hits in two innings. Of the six TCU pitchers, only two had scoreless stints. Matt Rudis allowed five earned runs on three hits in a fifth inning that felt like it took two hours as the Horns built a 12-1 lead. TCU pitchers combined for eight walks, including three by Rudis.

Texas starter Blair Henley held TCU to one run on five hits in six innings of work. Jack Neely pitched two innings of scoreless relief, and Donny Diaz closed it out for the Longhorns, who improved to 17-9 and 3-2 in the Big 12. The Frogs dropped to 14-7, 1-1.

“This happens about one a week or every 10 days with this pitching staff,” Schlossnagle said. “The only saving grace is each time it’s happened, we’ve responded pretty well the next day.”

The teams meet in the rubber match at 1 p.m. Sunday at Lupton Stadium. Left-hander Brandon Williamson starts against Texas right-hander Coy Cobb.

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