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TCU hitters make life easy on pitchers in rout of Rio Grande Valley

TCU’s Ryan Merrill beats the tag of UT Rio Grande Valley catcher Austin Douglas to make it 7-0 in the third inning Tuesday night.
TCU’s Ryan Merrill beats the tag of UT Rio Grande Valley catcher Austin Douglas to make it 7-0 in the third inning Tuesday night. Special to the Star-Telegram

Elliott Barzilli and Luken Baker each drove in three runs to back the pitching of freshman starter Dalton Horton and two relievers in TCU’s 13-0 victory over UT Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium.

The victory was the seventh in a row for the seventh-ranked Horned Frogs (7-1), while Rio Grande Valley fell to 3-6 on the season.

TCU scored twice in the first, including Cam Warner’s first career home run, a solo shot, then added seven in the third and four in the fifth inning. TCU’s runs came on 10 hits and four Rio Grande Valley errors.

The Frogs put up another big inning in the fifth, scoring four runs. Baker’s double cleared the bases, and he later scored on Trent Franson’s single to finish the scoring.

“Anytime you are scoring runs and you hit balls hard and they fall in or you hit the ball not so hard and they end up falling in, it’s easy to have confidence from that,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said.

Rio Grande Valley loaded the bases and no outs in the sixth, but Drew Gooch produced a strikeout and induced a flyout before giving way to Dalton Brown, whose strikeout ended the threat.

TCU has homered in six straight games, and its bullpen hasn’t given up an earned run in 27  1/3 innings this season.

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