FORT WORTH, Texas - Clint Arnold went 6-for-6 with five RBI as No. 21 TCU cemented its fifth straight NCAA Regional appearance with a 15-2 victory over New Mexico in the title game Saturday afternoon at the Mountain West Conference Baseball Championship at Lupton Stadium.
Arnold, named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, had a pair of doubles and homered as he completed MWC Championship play 12-of-18 at the plate. He was just short of TCU's single-game record of seven hits set by Brad Wallace against Maine in 1996. The five RBI were one short of a career-high six last year at UNLV.
TCU relievers Dillon Farish, Derek VerHagen, Eric Marshall and Andrew Cashner combined for six shutout innings as the Frogs' bullpen did not allow a run in 22 innings over five games in the MWC Tournament. TCU relievers surrendered just 14 hits and four walks while striking out eight.
TCU allowed just 12 runs in its five games.
Farish earned the win with his 2 2/3 innings of work. He scattered two hits while striking out one and not issuing a walk.
TCU totaled 19 hits with eight of nine starters recording at least one base knock. Ben Carruthers had three hits.
New Mexico made its first appearance in a conference tournament championship game since 1992, when it was a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
Three Utes were named to the all-conference team. They are outfielder Dustin Hennis, pitcher John James and designated hitter: Cody Guymon.