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UTRGV Baseball Falls at No. 8 TCU

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FORT WORTH – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) baseball team fell 7-2 to No. 8 Texas Christian University on Tuesday at Lupton Stadium.

TCU (8-3) jumped out in front in the first inning on a Josh Watson three-run home run and then added another run in the bottom of the second after a Connor Wanhanen RBI double that made it 4-0.

UTRGV (7-6) started off the top of the fourth with back-to-back hits after senior Ivan Estrella singled and then junior Anthony Gomez followed with a double. One out later, senior Austin Siener drove in a run with an RBI ground out that scored Estrella from third cutting into TCU’s led 4-1.

TCU extended its lead to 7-1 in the bottom half of the fourth with a pair of home runs after Luken Baker hit a two-run shot before Watson hit his second home run of the game.

UTRGV added another run in the next half inning off of reliever Jake Eissler. Junior Conrad McMahon reached on a one-out single before coming in to score on sophomore Coleman Grubb’s RBI double.

That would be all the scoring allowed by UTRGV pitching as senior Jorge Flores, junior Jared Quartier, freshman Max Balderrama Jr., and junior Ryan Jackson combined to pitch four scoreless innings while scattering just two hits.

Eissler earned the victory after pitching an inning and a third while allowing just the one run and striking out four.

UTRGV will be back in action on Friday at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Baseball Stadium when it begins a four-game series against the University of Maine. Friday kicks off UTRGV’s “Staycation” series with Hidalgo County Night where fans that present proof of residency in Hidalgo County can purchase specially priced tickets of $3 each.

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