Right-hander Sean Wymer will start Wednesday night for No. 9 TCU against UT Arlington, becoming the fourth freshman to start a game for coach Jim Schlossnagle this season.
“I want to see him go through the routine of a start,” Schlossnagle said. “I won’t leave him out there very long, I just want to give him a chance.”
Wymer, of Flower Mound, has made five scoreless relief appearances covering eight innings, striking out 11 and walking three. He has allowed one hit.
Freshman left-hander Dalton Horton made his first weekend start Sunday at Wichita State and went six innings, allowing a run on two hits. He had made four weekday starts.
Freshman right-hander Luken Baker has made seven starts as part of the weekend rotation. Freshman right-hander Devon Roehdal started Feb. 24 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
UTA bats hot
UT Arlington scored 34 runs in winning a series at Georgia State over the weekend, and first baseman Colton Turner was 4-for-9 with three walks and an RBI in his first action in three weeks. He was out with a hamstring injury.
“Getting his bat back in the lineup was a big plus,” UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said.
Even without Turner, who hit 13 home runs and drove in 99 runs in two years at Weatherford College, UT Arlington is hitting plenty. The Mavericks are 11th in the country in hits with 318. (TCU is 34th with 294).
“If we can keep him healthy and get him going, that’s a big key,” Thomas said.
TCU originally scheduled games against UT Arlington and Louisiana-Monroe this week.
“The coach from Louisiana-Monroe and I had a conversation a couple of weeks ago and just felt like that was going to be too much for their schedule and ours,” Schlossnagle said. “We postponed that game until maybe next year.”
TCU begins a three-game Big 12 series at Kansas on Friday. Louisiana-Monroe starts a three-game series at UT Arlington on Friday.
Barzilli moves up
TCU third baseman Elliott Barzilli, hitting .455, moved to fifth in the batting order last week, and Josh Watson moved to sixth. That broke up a left-right-left-right-switch-right combination at the start of the lineup, but Schlossnagle thought it was worth it.
“Just to try and make it a little bit tougher on the opposing coach when he’s trying to make decisions on who he’s going to pitch to,” Schlossnagle said. “Not that Josh is easy to pitch to, either. But at some point, we’re going to have back-to-back righties anyway. Both of those guys are handling left- and right-handed pitching well.”
Barzilli’s.455 batting average ranks fifth in the country. He went 12-for-25 with two doubles, two triples, eight walks, a sacrifice fly and six RBIs during the recently completed seven-game road trip.
Schlossnagle said senior outfielders Nolan Brown and Evan Williams will redshirt this season, getting a chance to spend a year in recovery from their injuries. Brown had surgery in January for a broken hamate bone in his hand. Williams was hurt in a car accident on the way to the Alamo Bowl in January.
TCU vs. UT Arlington
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, FSSW Plus