TCU Ties Big 12 Record in 5-0 Victory
May 2, 2014
FORT WORTH - Preston Morrison continued his mound dominance Friday night as he tossed his second consecutive complete-game shutout to help TCU to a 5-0 win over Kansas State. Kevin Cron led the offensive surge with his first four-hit game of the season.
With its 13th shutout of the season, TCU ties the Big 12 Conference record held by the 2011 Texas Longhorns. TCU also extends its season-long winning streak to 10 games. In seven of the 10 wins, the Horned Frogs have held their opponent scoreless. TCU improves to 32-13 overall and 11-5 in league play. The Frogs sit just one game back of first place Oklahoma State in the conference standings.
Morrison (7-2) was absolutely dominating in his nine innings of work. Despite allowing seven hits in the game, the junior didn't allow a Wildcat runner to reach third base and never faced more than four batters in an inning. He finished the night with one walk allowed and seven strikeouts.
The Frogs got off to a 2-0 start in the second inning and never looked back. Cron opened the inning with a base hit. An error put two on with nobody out for Jerrick Suiter who doubled in the first run of the game. Dylan Fitzgerald followed with a base hit up the middle to drive in Garrett Crain with the second run of the inning.
Two out magic in the third helped the Frogs add to their lead. Boomer White started a two-out rally with a double to left field. Cron hit a high fly ball that got lost in the sunshine and fell just over the outstretched glove of the left fielder for an RBI-double and a 3-0 lead.
TCU added to its lead in the sixth inning, scoring a run on two hits. White led off the inning with a base hit and moved to third on a Cron single. Crain hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in White with the fourth run of the game for TCU.
Kansas State had its only real opportunity to crack the scoreboard in the seventh inning after a walk and a base hit put two on with nobody out. Both runners took off on a double steal, but a snap throw to third from Kyle Bacak eliminated the lead runner for the first out. Morrison followed with a strikeout after battling from down 3-0 in the count. A foul out to left ended the inning without a run crossing the plate.
The Frogs carried the momentum into the bottom of the frame and score its final run of the contest. Again, two out magic was on tap as Cody Jones reached on an infield single. Derek Odell drew a walk to put two on. The duo executed a perfect double steal and the throw down to second bounced away, allowing Jones to score for a 5-0 lead.
Game two of the series is slated for Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Tyler Alexander will start for the Horned Frogs and face the Wildcats' Nate Griep. The game will be televised on FSSW and FCS.