TCU Takes Series; Tops No. 4 Texas
April 18, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - Another dominating performance on the mound helped TCU secure a series win at No. 4 Texas as the Horned Frogs won 2-0. Preston Morrison, Alex Young and Riley Ferrell held the Longhorns to just four hits.
Morrison (5-3) pitched seven shutout innings Friday night, allowing four hits, three walks and striking out seven. Young hit the first batter he faced, but recovered to retire the next two batters he faced. Ferrell collected his eighth save of the season, retiring all four batters he faced with two strikeouts.
TCU got all the runs it would need in the first as the Frogs put together a two-out rally to open up an early 1-0 lead. Boomer White started the rally with a base hit up the middle. Kevin Cron blooped a single into center to put two on. Jerrick Suiter lined a seeing-eye single up the middle to drive in White for the lead.
Morrison found himself in a mini-jam in the first after a one-out hit and a walk put the tying run on second. He got a strikeout for the second out of the inning, the got Collin Shaw to ground out to end the inning.
The Frogs had a golden opportunity to break the game open in the fourth as they loaded the bases with nobody out. Texas threw home to get the force for the first out. Longhorn third baseman Zane Gurwitz made an over-the-shoulder diving catch on a Cody Jones liner to save at least one run. A strikeout ended the frame without any runs crossing the plate.
After battling for five innings to extend their lead, the Frogs finally cashed in with a run on two hits in the seventh. Cody Jones opened the inning with a base hit. Two batters later, he was still standing on first with Cron at the plate. Cron hit a high fly ball to deep left field. It looked like the left fielder would have a play on the ball, but it fell harmlessly in front of him for an RBI-triple and a 2-0 TCU lead.
Texas tried to mount a rally in the bottom of the inning as it put the tying runs on base with nobody out. Morrison was equal to the task as he fanned two straight then got Brooks Marlow to fly out to end the inning.
More drama came for the Frogs in the eighth as once again Texas saw the first two batters reached. After hitting the first batter he faced, Young got a big strikeout for the first out, then got a fly ball for out No. 2. Ferrell came on to get the final out of the inning. With the runners in motion, C.J. Hinojosa hit a sinking line drive that was snared by the outstretched glove of Garrett Crain to save the shutout.
With the victory, TCU improves to 25-13 overall and 9-5 in Big 12 play. The Frogs will go for the series sweep Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. The game can be seen live on the Longhorn Network.