Morrison's One-Hitter Leads TCU To Win
April 5, 2014
FORT WORTH - Preston Morrison tossed his second career one-hitter and the TCU Horned Frogs handed West Virginia an 8-0 loss. Morrison was masterful, allowing just two base runners in the contest.
Morrison improved to 3-3 on the season after throwing his second complete game of the season. He allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out seven. After a first inning one-out walk, Morrison retired 17 straight before allowing the loan hit of the game. He retired the final nine batters he faced.
The Horned Frogs jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead as they took advantage of a hit batter and two Mountaineer errors. Cody Jones got the inning started with a lead-off hit. An errant pick-off throw had him standing at third. After Dylan Fitzgerald was plunked to put runners on the corners, Boomer White reached on an error to put the Frogs in front 1-0. With the bases loaded, Jeremie Fagnan came through with a two-run single.
TCU added to its lead in the second, picking up a run on three hits. Kyle Bacak opened the inning with a base hit. After moving to second on a sacrifice, Fitzgerald lined a single to left to put runners on the corners. White collected his second RBI of the game with a base hit to right to drive in Bacak for a 4-0 lead.
After being held in check for two innings, the Frogs came to life in the fifth as they added a run for a 5-0 lead. Odell and Kevin Cron hit back-to-back singles to open the inning. With two outs, Garrett Crain looped a single into left center to drive in Odell with the run.
Morrison saw his streak of 17 straight batters retired come to an end in the top of the seventh. Bobby Boyd broke up the no-hitter with a lead-off double that hit off the first base bag and bounced down the right field line. He swiped third with one out, but Morrison got a big punch out for the second out. He got out of the jam with a pop up to end the inning.
The Frogs added three more runs to their lead in the bottom of the seventh to open up a commanding eight-run lead. White and Odell singled to open the inning and scored on a pinch-hit double from Jerrick Suiter. Crain followed with a base hit to make it an 8-0 ballgame.
With the win, TCU improves to 18-12 and 4-4 in Big 12 play.