Early-season midweek games are for at-bats and innings, and TCU got them and more in a 17-3 victory Wednesday night against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Lupton Stadium.
Freshman right-hander Devon Roedahl won his first college start, freshman left fielder Josh Watson went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and veteran third baseman Elliott Barzilli was 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs to continue a hot start.
But there was also a chance to see infield defense at work.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff began the game with two bunt hits, and Roedahl threw away a pickoff throw. The result was a 3-0 deficit for the Horned Frogs (3-1) before they rallied.
The good news is Roedahl didn’t walk anybody, the fact that he just kept throwing strikes and giving us a chance to play defense. He showed some composure in his first college start.
TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle, on freshman starter Devon Roedahl
“I thought both bunts were outstanding bunts,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “The disappointing parts of that inning were the misplaying of the first ball hit to short and then the pickoff move. Other than that, I didn’t have a problem with that first inning. The good news is Roedahl didn’t walk anybody, the fact that he just kept throwing strikes and giving us a chance to play defense. He showed some composure in his first college start.”
Roedahl went three innings, allowing two earned runs and an unearned run and striking out two.
Freshman left-hander Dalton Horton pitched two scoreless innings in relief in his TCU debut.
Ryan Burnett, Sean Wymer, Mitch Sewald and Dalton Brown finished the game with a hitless and scoreless inning each against the Lions (0-4) of the SWAC. Wymer and Sewald made their TCU debuts.
Third baseman Elliott Barzilli went 4-for-5, raising his average to .688, with three RBIs. He hit .250 with 12 RBIs last season.
It allowed Schlossnagle to keep his bullpen fresh for the Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston this weekend.
“We went into the game knowing we really wanted to try to get through the game without using Jared Janczak, Brian Trieglaff, Preston Guillory or Durbin Feltman, although it looked like it there in the middle innings we were going to have to,” Schlossnagle said.
The Frogs will start Brian Howard, Luken Baker and Rex Hill on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Dane Steinhagen added two hits for TCU.
Barzilli’s home run was his first of the season. He is 11-for-16 to start the season. Last year, he hit .250 (25-for-100) with two home runs and 12 RBIs.
Watson is 6-for-15 with a double and two triples.
“Obviously, Watson and Barzilli right now are seeing the ball well,” Schlossnagle said. “Glad to see Dane get some hits, because he’s been hitting so many balls hard.”