TCU Blanks Matadors For Eighth Straight Win
April 27, 2014
FORT WORTH - The TCU Horned Frogs set a new school record with their 12th shutout of the season as they topped Cal State Northridge, 3-0, Sunday afternoon. Riley Ferrell picked up his 10th save of the season.
Tyler Alexander (5-3) was masterful for the Frogs as he matched his career high with seven innings pitched. He allowed four hits and struck out five. The freshman faced just two batters over the minimum in his seven shutout innings. No runner advanced past first base with Alexander on the mound.
The Frogs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first without the benefit of a hit. Derek Odell worked a one-out walk to start things off for TCU. An error and a hit batter followed to load the bases. With two outs, Garrett Crain drew a walk to drive in the first run of the game.
TCU added to its lead in the third inning as it took advantage of a lead-off hit from Odell. He moved to second on a White sacrifice and scored on a base hit from Cron to make it 2-0.
Another run crossed the plate for the Frogs in the third inning. Dylan Fitzgerald opened the inning with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. Dylan Delso hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Fitzgerald for a 3-0 lead.
Cal State Northridge had its first real threat in the eighth after a two-out triple from Nico Garbella. William Colantono was hit to put runners on the corners. TCU went to the bullpen and on four pitches, Ferrell had a strikeout to end the inning.
The Matadors tried to put together a rally in the ninth as they loaded the bases on a hit, an error and a walk. Ferrell buckled down and got a strikeout to end the game for his 10th save of the season.
With the sweep, the Horned Frogs improve to 30-13 overall. TCU will play its final road midweek contest Tuesday night when it heads to Stephen F. Austin. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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