CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Perhaps it was appropriate that West Virginia University's baseball team broke out the camouflage uniforms on Sunday at Charleston's Appalachian Power Park.
Because it was under attack all day.
Texas Christian roughed up five Mountaineer pitchers for 18 hits en route to a 16-6 victory and took the weekend series on a cool Mother's Day before a crowd of 1,820.
The surprising Mountaineers split a Saturday doubleheader and fell to 30-22 overall and 12-9 in Big 12 play. Still, they are in a tie for second place with one week of action remaining.
"Things didn't go our way," said WVU outfielder Brady Wilson. "We started out strong, but you can't win them all. Our pitching was down this weekend compared to the other weekends. We still swung the bat, though, against probably the best pitching staff we've seen all year."
WVU seemed in command early, touching up Horned Frog starter Andrew Mitchell for four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 4-1 lead.
The Mountaineers, however, cooled, while TCU increased its assault. The Horned Frogs scored in every inning but two.
"It goes back to Pitching 101," said WVU coach Randy Mazey. "We threw a lot of balls belt-high. It seemed like every time they swung the bat it was either a double or a homer. That's why you teach pitchers to pitch at the knees. If you pitch at the belt, it's a lot easier to hit ... They abused our pitching pretty good today."
WVU starter John Means surrendered eight hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings. Four subsequent pitchers gave up 10 more.
"WVU had been playing as good as anyone in the conference," said TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle, whose team moved to 25-25 overall and 10-11 in league play. "We felt we'd have a better season. Hopefully, this is a springboard."
TCU received 6 2/3 innings of strong relief work from freshman lefty Alex Young.