History Made As TCU Completes Sweep
April 5, 2014
FORT WORTH - The TCU baseball team made history on Saturday as they completed the doubleheader sweep with a 3-1 victory over West Virginia. The three-game conference sweep is TCU's first-ever as members of the Big 12.
Three Horned Frog pitchers combined to limit the Mountaineers to a run on just five hits. Alex Young made his first start of the season and gave up a run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. Tyler Alexander (4-3) picked up the win in relief, tossing 2 2/3 scoreless frames. He allowed two hits and struck out one. Riley Ferrell earned his fourth save of the campaign, retiring all six batters he faced. The junior totaled four strikeouts in his two innings of work.
TCU jumped out to an early lead, picking up a run on three hits in the third. Kyle Bacak led off the frame with a double. Cody Jones reached on a bunt single to put runners on the corners. Derek Odell gave the Frogs a 1-0 lead with a base hit through the left side. TCU looked poised for more with two on and nobody out, but fate was not kind as Boomer White lined into a triple play with the runners in motion, ending the inning.
West Virginia threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the inning after a lead-off single from Shaun Wood. He was standing on third with one out after a stolen base and a sac bunt. The Mountaineers tried to execute a safety squeeze, but the ball was bunted right back to Young on the pitcher's mound and he threw out the tying run at home.
The Mountaineers eventually tied the game at one in the fifth. Max Nogay led off the frame with a base hit. He scored on a one-out single from Michael Constantini. After a walk to Ray Guerrini, the Frogs went to the bullpen. Alexander did the job, retiring two straight to end the inning with the game knotted at one.
TCU wasted little time breaking the tie as it scored twice in the bottom of the frame for a 3-1 lead. Keaton Jones opened the inning with a base hit and stole second. Two batters later he was still on second when Cody Jones bounced a single up the middle to drive in Keaton Jones for a 2-1 lead. Cody Jones took second on the throw to the plate and scored easily on a White base hit for a 3-1 lead.
Alexander faced a jam in the seventh as the Mountaineers had two on with one out. The freshman got Guerrini to bounce into a 6-3 inning-ending double play. Ferrell took over in the eighth inning and shut the door to secure the sweep.
With the sweep, TCU improves to 19-12 overall and 5-4 in Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs will hit the road for four straight. Eight of their next nine will be away from Lupton Stadium. First up is a Tuesday night contest at Dallas Baptist. First pitch at Patriot Field is set for 6:30 p.m.