TCU Walks Off With Seventh Straight Win
April 26, 2014
FORT WORTH - Keaton Jones put down a perfect suicide squeeze and Jeremie Fagnan raced home with the game-winning run to help No. 15 TCU secure a 1-0 victory over Cal State Northridge on Saturday. The win stretches TCU's winning streak to seven games.
TCU and Cal State Northridge treated the Lupton Stadium crowd to a classic pitcher's duel Saturday afternoon. Preston Morrison and Jerry Keel went toe-to-toe through eight shutout innings.
Morrison (6-3) won the battle on the mound with his second complete-game shutout of the season. The junior tossed nine innings, allowing just five base runners on a trio of hits, a walk and a hit batter. He finished the night with five strikeouts.
Needing just one run in the ninth to secure the victory, Kevin Cron got things started with a lead-off walk. Will Fox pinch hit and dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the pinch runner, Fagnan, to second. Garrett Crain lined a single through the left side to put runners on the corners. Keaton Jones executed the suicide squeeze to perfection, driving in the winning run.
Both teams had early chances to push across runs, but each time Keel and Morrison had an answer. TCU had the game's first chance after Cody Jones and Derek Odell led off the first with base hits. Keel got a fly out and an inning-ending double play.
Morrison faced the minimum through 5 1/3 innings before a one-out base hit led to the best chance for the Matadors to get on the board. With two outs, Ranny Lowe was plunked and Ryan Raslowsky worked a walk to load the bases. Morrison battled back and got Chester Pak to pop up on the infield to end the inning.
The Frogs sent five men to the plate in the fifth after a two-out error kept the inning alive. Odell lined a single off the pitcher's foot for an infield single to put the go-ahead run at second. Keel got a strikeout to end the inning.
After the rocky sixth inning, Morrison retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced setting up the bottom of the ninth heroics.
TCU improves to 29-13 overall. The Frogs will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Tyler Alexander will make the start for the Horned Frogs.