ORU Falls to TCU in Regional Opener
The loss sends ORU (36-21) into a loser’s bracket matchup with Oklahoma at 2 p.m., Saturday. TCU faces Dallas Baptist in the winner’s bracket at 7 p.m.
Mitchell stymied ORU’s offense, limiting the Golden Eagles to just two hits during his time on the mound. The freshman right-hander walked one and hit a batter and was in complete control when he exited after the seventh.
The Horned Frogs gave Mitchell plenty of offensive support. TCU (43-17) took an early 1-0 lead on Joe Weik’s RBI single in the bottom of the first. The Horned Frogs broke the game open in the bottom of the second by scoring four runs. TCU recorded three RBI singles and another run scored on an error. When the dust settled the Frogs owned a 5-0 lead.
Reliever Dan Martony came on for starter Alex Gonzalez (8-6) to begin the third and kept TCU off the board over the next three innings. But in the sixth, TCU’s bats came alive again. A sacrifice fly by Zac Jordan made it 6-0 and a two-run single by Jantzen Witte gave the Horned Frogs an 8-0 advantage.
TCU’s lead swelled to 10-0 when Brett Johnson connected for a pinch-hit two-run home run in the eighth.
ORU put together a rally in the top of the ninth, getting an RBI single from Cam Schiller and a bases loaded walk by T.J. Bennett to get within 10-2. But the Golden Eagles got no closer.
Jared Schlehuber had two of ORU’s four hits, while Schiller and Brandon King had the others.
Gonzalez allowed five runs on seven hits (all singles) to suffer his first loss since mid-April.
Witte led TCU by going 3-for-4 with three RBI.