No. 5 TCU Baseball powers past No. 20 UCLA 6-3 to capture series win

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(Source: TCU Athletics)

 

 

By Ray Cartwright

Frogs Today Senior Writer

 

 

FORT WORTH – It was a super sports Saturday on TCU’s campus as the Frogs hosted three sporting events on Saturday.

TCU Baseball held their end of the bargain. After TCU Men’s Basketball defeated Cincinnati, TCU Baseball defeated No. 20 UCLA 6-3 to take the weekend series from the Bruins. The Frogs are 6-0 on the season for the first time since 1994.

A Kurtis Byrne three run home run in the sixth inning was the difference in the game.

Byrne doesn’t have a chance to essentially win the game for Frogs if it wasn’t for Logan Maxwell. After a Brody Green double to start the sixth, Maxwell laid down one the best bunts you will see all season.

The bunt was perfectly place just pasted the pitcher on the first base side, the only play the pitcher had was to try to scoop and toss the ball out of his glove to first. Maxwell’s speed was able to leg it out bringing Byrne to the plate with two on.

Braedon Sloan recorded his first win of the season and looked fantastic in his two and two-thirds innings of work.

Sloan came in, in the fifth inning with runners on first and third with TCU clinging to a two one lead and preceded to strike out the final two batters of the inning.

Sloan finished with six strikeouts in his two plus innings of work on the day.

“Braedon Sloan in middle part of the game was huge-huge difference maker,” coach Kirk Saarloos said. “In terms of giving us momentum and keeping momentum.”

Chase Hoover was brought in, in the ninth and recorded his first career save as a Frog. Hoover was used as Ben Abeldt was unavailable for TCU after throwing 30 plus pitches on Friday night.

Saturday afternoon’s game was another error-free game by the Frogs. The defense has been all weekend for TCU. Defensive miscues was a talking point headed into the weekend series with the Bruins, but TCU has quieted that talk with their clean play.

Kole Klecker got the start for the Frogs on Saturday. Klecker was much improved from his first outing of the season that saw him give up three homers to Florida Gulf Coast. Klecker threw four and third innings of work, recorded three strikeouts and only allowed one run to score.

“Kole [Klecker] was way better to me this week than he was last week,” Saarloos said. “I thought the mechanical changes that he made were significant.”

Zach Cawyer was called upon again for the Frogs after pitching on Friday. It was the first time Cawyer has thrown in back-to-back games as a Frog, something coach Kirk Saarloos made note of afterwards as a positive for Cawyer and TCU is trying to find defined roles for their relievers.

Transfer Jack Basser started at designated hitter in place of Payton Tolle, who was given the day off to rest after pitching Friday night.

Basser stood out in his four at bats going one for three in the game and drawing a walk. Every ball that Basser put in play was made with good contact.

TCU UCLA conclude their three game series on Sunday with Frogs looking to sweep the Bruins. First pitch is schedule for 1 p.m. and can seen on ESPN+. Transfer Zack Morris will get the start for the Frogs.

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