“The arms of Texas (Christian) are upon you…”

That may not be exactly how the old song goes, but if TCU‘s Horned Frogs continue to display the pitching they’ve shown thus far in this young college baseball season, a lyric change may soon be in order.

Coach Jim Schlossnagle‘s Frogs improved their record to 7-1 Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over Texas Southern (4-5) as Mitchell Traver and two relievers blanked the visitors to Fort Worth to gain their 4th shutout of the year already.  Traver has now thrown 15 shutout innings to start the season — and that isn’t even the best mark on the team.

That statistic would belong to senior righthander Preston Morrison, who already owns a complete-game shutout over nationally ranked Arizona State this year — the fifth of his career.  Morrison has tossed 16 frames in 2015 without yielding a run.  He and Traver have combined to strike out 25 foes while issuing just 4 walks.  TCU has a team ERA of 1.27 (that’s not a typo) and is holding opponents to a batting average of .180.  Considering the Frog offense generates 6.1 runs a game, that’s a pretty good recipe for success.

The pitching prowess doesn’t end with starters Morrison, Traver, Alex Young, and Tyler Alexander, either — the bullpen includes five guys who haven’t given up a run yet, and that doesn’t even include closer Riley Ferrell, who actually has given up 1 run this season — but no hits, in four appearances.  The other reliever with four appearances, senior Trey Teakell, has thrown 6.2 innings of scoreless ball.  Considering Schlossnagle’s crew led all of college baseball in ERA last year, there’s no apparent reason why anyone should think that’s about to change anytime soon.

Traver was in complete command Wednesday, allowing just 2 hits and whiffing 11 to reach the 7th-inning stretch in a scoreless tie.  But in the bottom of the frame, designated hitter Evan Skoug belted his 2nd homer of the season, and TCU had the only run it would need.  Teakell sailed through the 8th in order (with 2 Ks) and Ferrell fanned 2 more in the 9th to earn his 20th career save, tying Sam Demel for the Frogs’ school record.

TCU, which made College World Series trips in 2010 and 2014, has generated just enough offense to complement its outstanding pitching.  Dane Steinhagen leads the way with a .409 average, and Cody Jones (.323) has the most hits with 10.  Derek Odell (.321) leads in runs scored with 6, and both Skoug (.250) and Zack Plunkett (.364) have 6 RBIs to top that category.  Garrett Crain (.333) and Keaton Jones (.258) have been solid, and Nolan Brown is a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases for the Frogs.

While much of Wednesday’s college action was canceled by poor weather throughout much of the country, there were a few notable contests played…

Texas State (2-5-1) retired the jersey of former Bobcat Paul Goldschmidt and then surprised Houston (6-2) 7-6, snuffing out a 9th-inning rally that left the Cougars just short.  Texas State built an early 6-0 edge, then yielded a 5-spot to Houston in the 5th.  The Bobcats got a run back in the 6th on a squeeze bunt by Luke Sherley.  The 7-5 advantage went to the 9th, when Cougar right fielder Kyle Survance doubled and scored on a 2-out single by Chris Iriart, who was 3-for-4 in the contest.  Bobcat reliever Blake Whitter induced a final flyout to seal the upset and complete a stellar 4.1-inning performance…

Texas (8-2) needed late-game heroics against UT Pan American (5-3), getting a walkoff RBI single from Bret Boswell with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th to cap a comeback made over the contest’s final 3 frames.  Collin Shaw‘s RBI double in the 7th cut UTPA’s lead to 4-2 before the Longhorns tied it in the 8th on a run-scoring double by Boswell and an RBI single by Zane Gurwitz, setting up the final-frame excitement.  Shaw drew a base on balls to lead off the 9th and took 2nd on a sacrifice.  After an intentional pass to slugger Tres Barrera, Brooks Marlow flied out deeply enough to advance Shaw to 3rd.  Boswell followed with a single up the middle for the walkoff…

Tyler Neslony capped a 3-run rally in the bottom of the 9th with another walkoff single as Texas Tech (9-1) slipped past Sacramento State (6-3) 4-3.  Corey Raley ripped a 2-run, 2-out double to erase the Red Raiders’ 3-1 deficit, and Neslony foiled a subsequent intentional walk with his victorious hit.  It made a winner of Tech reliever Dominic Moreno, who fired 3 scoreless innings and struck out 5… Texas A&M (9-0) stayed perfect as starter Brigham Hill fanned 9 in 5.1 frames and combined with 4 relievers to blank Incarnate Word (4-6) 7-0.  Mitchell Nau had 3 hits and Ronnie Gideon belted a solo homer for the final tally after A&M scored its 1st 6 runs without the benefit of an RBI hit…

After being no-hit through the first 4 innings, Rice (6-3) erupted for a 13-1 win over Stephen F. Austin (2-7)Ryan Chandler paced the Owl onslaught, going 3-for-5 and driving in 4 runs.  Grayson Lewis, Leon Byrd, and Dane Myers each collected 2 RBIs for Rice… Outside of the state of Texas, sophomore southpaw Danny Garcia made an early 5-0 advantage stand up as Miami (6-3) outlasted Barry (6-6) 5-3.  Garcia struck out 9 over 7.2 frames and first baseman David Thompson drove in 2 runs for the Hurricanes… Sutton Whiting, batting .500 on the season, put Louisville (5-3) ahead to stay with a run-scoring single in the 5th and Brendan McKay added a 7th-frame, 2-run single as the Cardinals knocked off Eastern Kentucky (3-4) by a 5-2 count…

Once down by 5 runs, top-rated Vanderbilt (6-2) rallied to defeat Western Kentucky (2-5) by a 10-6 margin.  The Hilltoppers built an early 6-1 edge, but Will Toffey‘s 2-run single in the 6th cut the gap to 6-4 before Zander Wiel hammered a grand slam in the Commodore 7th off the leftfield scoreboard.  RBI singles in the 8th by Dansby Swanson and Ro Coleman completed the Vandy comeback in the 8th, making a winner of reliever Philip PfeiferOklahoma State (5-3) captured its 4th straight victory, downing Missouri State (4-2) 7-2 as Tim Arakawa drove in 2 runs for the Cowboys… Unbeaten Central Florida (8-0) broke out the sticks for a 19-hit attack on the way to an 18-8 mauling of Bethune-Cookman (0-9).  Leading the way was third sacker Tommy Williams (3-for-5, 3 RBIs, 2 runs) and DH Matt Diorio (3-for-4, 2 RBIs, 3 runs).  JoMarcos Woods also drove in 3 runs for the Knights, who received 4 scoreless innings of relief from winning pitcher Eric Hepple

Tulane (8-1) shut out crosstown rival New Orleans (4-5) for the second straight night, claiming a 4-0 triumph as Emerson Gibbs tossed 7 innings and struck out 7.  Battery mate Jake Rogers drove in 3 runs and Lex Kaplan stroked a pair of doubles and scored 3 times… Freshman Robbie Metz threw 5 scoreless frames and George Washington (2-1) blanked Georgetown (1-3) by a 3-0 score.  Eli Kashi and Brandon Chapman plated runs for the Colonials, making a winner of reliever Shane Kemp, who worked 3.1 innings… Brad Stone hurled 6 scoreless innings and Ryne Willard and Preston Palmeiro delivered 3 hits apiece as North Carolina State (4-2) downed North Carolina A&T (1-3) by a 9-1 margin… Clemson (5-2) handed Wofford (7-1) its first loss as Reed Rohlman went 4-for-4 with a double, homer, and 4 runs scored… Freshman Jack Leblosky boosted his average to .440 with a 4-for-5 day as Duke (6-1) bested NC Central (1-5) in a 12-1 walloping.  Andy Perez knocked in 3 runs with a pair of doubles for the Blue Devils…

Blake Voyles smashed a 2-out, 2-run walkoff double in the bottom of the 9th to pace North Florida (5-4) over Georgia Southern (5-4), capping a 3-run rally for a 5-4 win… Theron Kay pitched 5 shutout innings and Logan Brown collected 4 hits and scored 3 times as Baylor(6-2) defeated Northwestern State (2-6) 8-4.  Catcher Cameron Miller drove in 3 runs with 3 doubles for the Bears… Michael Mioduszewski broke an 8th-inning tie with an RBI single to lead Eastern Michigan (3-6) past UC-Davis (6-3-1) 4-2… Unbeaten Arizona (8-0) blanked winless Oakland (0-8) 13-0 as 4 pitchers combined for the shutout and Riley Moore drove in 3 runs with 4 hits… Shortstop Travis Blue walked 5 times, scored 4 runs, and drove in 3 as Navy (5-2) clobbered Coppin State (0-4) by a 20-1 count.  Robert Currie knocked in 5 runs with 3 hits and Brad Borosak and Adrian Chinnery each delivered 4 hits for the Midshipmen… Nick Senzel drove in 2 runs with a pair of hits as Tennessee (3-2) traveled to Nashville and upended Belmont (2-2) 4-1… Brandon Choate whiffed the first 6 batters he faced in hurling 3 frames of scoreless relief to lift Washington (6-3) over Portland (2-9) 6-0 in the Huskies’ home opener.

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