TCU's Rally Falls Short In Loss
Feb. 23, 2013
FORT WORTH - A pair of unearned runs in the first inning put TCU in an early hole as Cal State Fullerton handed TCU a 6-2 loss Saturday afternoon. Keaton Jones and Axel Johnson drove in the runs for TCU.
Preston Morrison (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked two and struck out eight. Riley Ferrell allowed three runs on three hits and struck out two in two innings of work.
An error to start the game proved costly as the Titans turned it into a pair of two-out runs. With runners on the corners, Michael Lorenzen reached on an infield single to give Fullerton a 1-0 lead. A hit batter loaded the bases for Jake Jeffries, who drew a bases-loaded walk to push the lead to two.
Morrison was masterful after the shaky start in the first. He fanned Keegan Dale to end the first, starting a string of 12 straight retired. In all, after facing eight batters in the first, Morrison retired 19 of the last 23 batters he faced.
A lead-off bunt single in the eighth inning got the Titan offense back on track. Clay Williamson followed with a base hit and Anthony Hutting reached on a one-out infield single to load the bases. Jeffries battled the count and hit a 3-2 pitch over the right field fence for a grand slam and a 6-0 Titan lead.
With one out in the bottom of the frame, the Frog bats came to life. Brett Johnson lined a single up the middle. Paul Hendrix followed with a pinch-hit single up the middle. A passed ball advanced both runners into scoring position. Keaton Jones drove in the first run of the game with a line drive up the middle. Axel Johnson followed, dropping a single into center field to make it a 6-2 contest.
TCU would get a one-out single from Derek Odell in the ninth, but he would be stranded on second to end the game.
TCU falls to 0-5 on the season. Alex Young will make his first career start on Sunday as the Frogs will try and savage a game in the series. First pitch on Sunday is 1 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.