TCU Rallies For Walk-Off Victory
April 4, 2014
FORT WORTH - The TCU baseball team rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth to rally for a 4-3 victory over West Virginia Friday night. Dylan Fitzgerald hit the game-winning sacrifice fly to cap the come-from-behind victory for the Horned Frogs.
"Obviously we had more hits than they did, we just didn't have enough timely hits," said head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "(Harrison) Musgrave's really, really good. They did a great job against (Brandon) Finnegan of driving his pitch count up. Teakell pitched well enough and kept the game close enough to give us a chance in the last inning. We have to honor this game by playing well tomorrow.
Entering the bottom of the ninth, the Horned Frogs were staring a 3-1 deficit in the face. Dylan Delso pinch hit and drew a lead-off walk. Cody Jones worked a walk to put the tying runs on base with nobody out. Trying to sacrifice the runners in scoring position, Derek Odell laid down a perfect bunt and beat the throw to first to load the bases.
Boomer White singled to bring the Frogs within one, 3-2. Kevin Cron followed with a fly ball to right field. Cody Jones tagged up and raced down the line. The throw to the plate was up the line and Jones avoided the catcher and dove for the plate, tying the game at three. After a walk to Jeremie Fagnan reloaded the bases, Fitzgerald delivered a long sacrifice fly to drive in Odell with the game-winning run.
TCU's Brandon Finnegan and West Virginia's Harrison Musgrave went pitch-for-pitch through five innings. Finnegan allowed two hits and walked one through five, while Musgrave surrendered three hits and walked one.
West Virginia had the game's first scoring opportunity in the third as it had two on with one out. Finnegan got Bobby Boyd to ground into an inning-ending double play.
In the bottom of the inning, Cody Jones reached on a bunt single with two outs. The throw to first bounded into right field, allowing Jones to reach third. A walk to Odell put runners on the corners, but Musgrave got a fly ball to end the inning.
The Mountaineers finally cashed in in the sixth inning. With two outs, Billy Fleming reached on an infield single. A walk to Ryan McBroom followed. Jacob Rice came through with a two-run triple to deep right field to put West Virginia in front, 2-0.
TCU cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning, picking up a run on four hits. White singled with one out and moved to second on a Cron base hit. With two outs, a base hit from Fitzgerald loaded the bases. Keaton Jones lined a single into left field to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
West Virginia got the run back in the top of the seventh. With one out, Michael Constantini stole second. After a wild pitch, he was standing on third. Taylor Munden hit a two-out single to drive in the run, putting West Virginia up 3-1.
Trey Teakell (1-0) earned the win in relief, tossing 3 1/3 innings. After a shaking seventh, Teakell retired the final seven batters he faced to set up TCU's come-from-behind win. He allowed a run on two hits and struck out four. Finnegan started for TCU and was touched for two runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
With the win, TCU improved to 17-10 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs and the Mountaineers will play a doubleheader on Saturday to close out the series. First pitch for game one is set for 2 p.m. Preston Morrison will get the start for the Frogs.