TCU Stymied In 1-0 Loss To Texas State
Feb. 28, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs mustered just four hits in a 1-0 loss to Texas State Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. Brandon Finnegan struck out eight and Kyle Von Tungeln accounted for two of the Frogs' hits.
Finnegan (0-2) tossed a career-high five innings, allowing a run on three hits. He walked a batter and struck out eight. Preston Morrison tossed two scoreless innings, allowing two hits, a walk and striking out one. Justin Scharf walked one and struck out one in 2/3 of an inning. Kevin Allen struck out two and walked one in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Texas State made an early first-inning run stand up. Cody Perkins singled with one out and scored on a triple off the bat of Casey Kalenkosky. Finnegan minimized the damage as he fanned the next two batters to get out of the inning trailing by just one.
Bobcat pitcher Mitchell Pitts allowed just three base runners through five innings and faced just two batters over the minimum in six innings of work. TCU's best scoring opportunity against Pitts came in the first inning after Von Tungeln led off the inning with a hit. He moved to second on a Davy Wright sacrifice but got no further.
Finnegan pitched himself out of trouble in the fourth inning as the Bobcats loaded the bases with two outs. He got Morgan Mickan to strike out to end the inning, leaving the bases full.
Trouble brewed once again as the Bobcats had runners on the corners with only one out in the seventh. Scharf pitched his way out of the jam as he struck out Tyler Sibley for the second out and got Perkins to ground out.
The Frogs best opportunity to tie the game came with two outs in the seventh. Zac Jordan singled and moved to third on a base knock from Odell. The Bobcats went to the bullpen and Dylan Adamek got a strike out to end the inning.
TCU falls to 2-5 on the season. The Frogs' eight-game homestand continues this weekend when Oklahoma State comes to town for a three-game series. First pitch on Friday night is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.