FINAL No. 2 Texas Baseball over No. 23 TCU, 7-3 to win series

AUSTIN, Texas - FINAL - Texas Baseball over powered TCU 7-3 for the win the series.

Texas vs TCU Game 3 Lucas Gordon Starting Pitcher
Texas vs TCU Game 3 Lucas Gordon Starting Pitcher (photo courtesy Texas Athletics / graphic Horns Illustrated)
Texas Baseball lined up for National Anthem
Texas Baseball lined up for National Anthem (photo courtesy Texas Athletics)

Texas: 7 | TCU: 3

Official Attendance: 7106 -
Total Series: 21,911 - 4th most for a three game series at Disch-Falk Field

Game Summary

Texas had 12 hits, one home run, seven RBI, three doubles, only four strike outs, and left six on base. Six Texas batters had a productive day at the plate. Austin Todd went 3-4 with one RBI, Silas Ardoin went 3-3 with a double, Ivan Melendez went 2-4 with a home run and three RBI, Douglas Hodo III wen 2-4 with a double and one RBI, Skyler Messinger went 1-4 with one RBI, and Murphy Stehly went 1-4 with a double.

Texas used four pitchers. Lucas Gordon started the game and wen five and two-thirds innings, faced 23 batters, threw 97 pitches (61 were strikes), struck out 4, and gave up two runs. Travis Sthele got the win after taking the mound for Gordon. He faced only four batters, threw 20 pitches (11 were strikes), and struck out one. Justin Eckhardt pitched one inning, faced six batters, threw 32 pitches (16 were strikes). Coy Cobb started the ninth inning on the mound and faced four batters, threw 16 pitches (11 were strikes), and struck out one, Elijah Nunez.

Cobb looked determined to strike out Nunez. You could see it in the way he looked and focused on Nunez. Cobb threw (KSFBFBS) to {STRIKE OUT} Nunez to end the game.

No. 7 Texas Baseball now 24-10 overall, 5-4 in Big 12 conference, and 13-3 at home. They play one more game at home against Stephen F. Austin on Apr 12. (TUE) at 6:30 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Click Here To Get Tickets.

See Inning by Inning breakdown on next page.

Inning by Inning

Texas Baseball Fans at the game making memories - photos by Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated

9th Inning

#45 Right hander Coy Cobb on the mound for Texas. Boyers doubles to right. Spenrath at plate...flies out to right field. Brown flies out to left field. Elijah Nunez at plate...Coy Cobb {{STRIKES OUT}} Nunez to end the game.

Final Strike of the game
Coy Cobb throws final strike to end the game, Texas over TCU 7-3 (photo Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated)

Bottom of 8th

Silas Ardoin walked (BBBKFB). TCU changes pitches, brings in left hander River Riding. Austin Todd at plate...hard shot back to Riding, picks it up, hurls it to second while falling forward, ball goes into center field. Ace Whitehead pinch running for Todd. Ardoin advances to 3rd, Todd safe on 1st. Skyler Messinger hits hard single off second baseman's glove into center. Ardoin scores, Whitehead to 3rd. Mitchell Daly popped up to shortstop (1 out) Trey Faltine at plate... (1 out) hits deep ball to right field (OUT) scores Whitehead. Dylan Campbell at plate....mile high pop up to shortstop for out # 3.

Big inning for Texas

8th Inning

#56 Justin Eckhardt on the mound for Texas. Elijah Nunez at plate...grounds out. Braydon Taylor home run over fence in right center. Bishop grounds out, Rodgers walked (BBKFBB), Tommy Sacco walked (KBKBBB). Byrne high popup to 2b. Daly and Faltine bump shoulders with Daly catching ball. [WHEW. Oklahoma would have been all over that if they had dropped the ball.]

Bottom of 7th

Mitchell Daly (2b) leads off...grounder to 2b, out at first. Faltine at plate...(BBBB) walks. Dylan Campbell at plate...high bouncer almost over the head of first baseman 20 feet behind first base, jumps and snags it, then barely makes the bag for the out. Faltine advanced to 2nd. (2 outs) Douglas Hodo III at plate...MASSIVE LINE SHOT off the wall in left field. Faltine scores, Hodo III doubles. Iven Melendez at home Hodo III. {{{ YES }}}. Murphy Stehly at plate... strikes out.

7th Inning

Luke Boyers {STRIKES OUT} Reed Spenrath at to right field. Pinch hitter #27 Porter Brown at plate...(1 out) grounder to Texas shortstop Trey Faltine, toss to Mitchell Daly at 2b (OUT #2), throw to Melendez for (OUT #3 DOUBLE PLAY).

Bottom of 6th

Ivan Melendez leads off...line shot to shortstop (OUT). Right fielder Murphy Stehly hits a double down left field line. Silas Ardoin singled through left side, Stehly advanced to 3rd. (runners at 1st & 3rd, 1 out), [TCU changes pitchers. Right hander Luke Savage on the mound. Austin Todd at plate... solid single to center (Texas scores). Skyler Messinger at plate...(runners at 1st & 2nd, 1 out)...hits into a double play.

6th Inning

Lucas Gordon still on the mound...Brayden Taylor hit an easy ground right along first base line. Melendez scoops, takes three steps and (OUT) David Bishop hard LINE SHOT to Skyler Messinger on 3rd for (OUT). Gray Rodgers single through left side. (2 outs) Sacco doubles, [Texas brings in Sthele to pitch] Byrne grounds out to Ivan Melendez.

Bottom of 5th

Leading off Trey Faltine...called strike three. Dylan Campbell at plate...popup to shallow right (OUT). Douglas Hodo III strikes out swinging 3⬆️3⬇️

5th Inning

DH Reed Spenrath leads off...shot toward Mitchell Daly, scoops the ball on the run, takes a step, stops and rifles to 1b Melendez for the (OUT). Left fielder Garrison Berkley at plate...slow grounder to Mitchell Daly, scoops, (OUT) at first. Top of the order, Elijah Nunez a plate... {STRIKES OUT}

Bottom of 4th

Silas Ardoin leads off...singled to center. Austin Todd at plate...lays down the PERFECT bunt. Everyone safe! Skyler Messinger at plate (no outs) bunts a popup to pitcher (crowd whispers "oh, Skyler") Mitchell Daly grounds to 3b Brayden Taylor who step on bag for out #2, rifles to 1bDavid Bishop for double play leaving 3 runners on base.

4th Inning

David Bishop singled through left side, Gray Rodgers grounds out, Tommy Sacco walks (Gordon's first walk BSKBFBB) (runners on 1st & 2nd, 1 out) . Kurtis Byrne at plate...line shot to right center (OUT), Bishop tags and advances to 3b. Luke Boyers at plate...Gordon's pitch bounces HIGH off the front of the plate, WILD PITCH, TCU runner Bishop scores from 3rd. Sacco advanced to 2nd. Boyers grounds out to 1b Ivan Melendez dives and slides to tag first base.

1b Ivan Melendez has to dive to first base to get the out on TCU
1b Ivan Melendez has to dive to first base to get the out on TCU (photo Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated)

Bottom of 3rd

Trey Faltine leads off and hits a liner to deep center that is caught (OUT). Dylan Campbell grounds out to shortstop. Douglass Hodo III hits a blooper to short center, he's on a first. (2 Outs) Ivan Melendez at plate...{{ HOME RUN }} 401 ft over left-center. BOOM. He's back! 14th HR of season. Murphy Stehly flies out to left.

Photo Gallery of Ivan Melendez Home Run by Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated

3rd Inning

Garrison Berkley flied out to center fielder Douglas Hodo III. Elijah Nunez at plate...flied out. Taylor flied out. {{ HOME RUN }}

Bottom of 2nd

Murphy Stehly at plate...slow grounder to 3b, (OUT). Silas Ardoin at plate...shot up left-center, almost to the warning track...Ardoin jumps off the plate like he was not stopping until he gets to 2nd...and he did DOUBLE. Austin Todd at plate...hits bouncing grounder that almost went into center, but stopped by second baseman Gray Rodgers, but could not throw it to first time. SAFE at first. Skyler Messinger strikes out. Mitchell Daly at plate...popup foul (OUT)

2nd Inning

Gray Rodgers at plate...{STRIKES OUT} Tommy Sacco at plate...solid shot to center, hits inside Bevo, single. Kurtis Byrne at plate...hits a blast to deep center, off the wall DOUBLE. Sacco scores. Luke Boyers {STRIKES OUT}. Reed Spenrath at plate...{STRIKES OUT}

Texas Lucas Gordon: 8 batters faced, 3 {STRIKE OUTS}

Bottom of 1st

Leading off Dylan Campbell (had 2 HR's in game 2)...grounder to 2b (OUT). Douglas Hodo III at plate...flied out to center field. Ivan Melendez hit what looked like a HR, but got hung up in the atmosphere and dropped (OUT) 3⬆️3⬇️

1st Inning

Elijah Nunez lead off for TCU, grounder to Mitchell Daly who backhands the ball, throws to Melendez who stretches and gets the out. Brayden Taylor at plate...line shot directly to Mitchell Daly (OUT). David Bishop at plate...grounder to Skyler Messinger thrown to Melendez (OUT). 3⬆️3⬇️

Terry Middleton

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