TCU Takes Series With 3-1 Win
April 12, 2014
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Preston Morrison turned in his second consecutive strong start as he helped propel TCU to a 3-1 victory over Kansas in game one of a Saturday doubleheader.
Morrison (4-3) came two outs shy of his second consecutive complete game. He allowed one run on four hits in 8 1/3 innings of work. The junior fanned seven and did not walk a batter. Riley Ferrell struck out two around a walk to pick up his sixth save of the season.
The Horned Frogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. Keaton Jones opened the inning with a base hit. After a Garrett Crain sac bunt, Jones scored easily on a long single off the Kyle Bacak. Derek Odell kept the inning alive with a two-out double and Boomer White followed with a run-scoring single to right for a two-run lead.
Kansas' Robert Kahana settled into a groove through the middle innings, keeping the Frog bats in check. Kevin Cron got the Frogs off and running in the sixth with a one-out double. He was standing on third with one out after a wild pitch. The Jayhawks looked like they may get out of the inning with no runs crossing the plate, but a two-out wild pitch allowed Cron to score for a 3-0 lead.
After retiring 20 of the first 21 batters he faced, Morrison surrendered a two-out home run to Connor McKay to make it a 3-1 ballgame. A hit batter followed the home run, but Morrison's fourth strikeout of the inning ended the frame.
A one-out double in the ninth had Kansas thinking comeback, but the Frogs went to the bullpen and called on Ferrell. The sophomore struck out McKay for the second out of the inning. A walk to Ryan Pidhaichuk put the tying run on base, but Ferrell got a swinging strikeout of Tucker Tharp to end the game.
TCU improves to 22-12 overall and 7-4 in Big 12 play.