Texas lost its series finale to TCU 7-1 on Sunday.
The loss drops the Longhorns to 22-22 and 8-10 in the Big 12.
The Horned Frogs jumped on Texas starter Chad Hollingsworth in the first, scoring three runs on two hits. After hitting two of the first three batters, Hollingsworth gave up a two-run double to Evan Skoug. The third run of the inning came on a failed pickoff attempt.
“I feel bad for Chad; he had a tough go of it,” head coach Augie Garrido said. “He didn’t have any secondary pitches. His fastball was ok, but when you’re facing this many left-handed hitters and you’re right-handed it would be very difficult to beat them with one pitch, even if you could locate it. So I felt really bad for him.”
Hollingsworth’s day was done after after the inning. Connor Mayes, the freshman from Lake Travis, came in and retired the first seven batters he faced.
“He was outstanding,” Garrido said. “He was really good. He came in, grabbed the ball and threw it to the mitt with no fear So that was a real blessing to see him come through like that.”
Despite out-hitting TCU eight to seven, the Longhorns’ only run of the game was a leadoff, solo home run from Tres Barerra in the fourth, his seventh of the year.
TCU added to its lead with a pair of runs in the sixth off of Mayes, who went 5.1 innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits while striking out four.
The Horned Frogs added a pair of runs in the eighth on a throwing error by Brooks Marlow.
Texas next plays Prairie View A&M on Tuesday, starting its final homestand of the season. The Longhorns host Texas Tech next weekend, and plays their final home game of the season the following Tuesday against Texas State.