Win Streak Reaches 11 With 3-1 Victory
May 3, 2014
FORT WORTH - No. 13 TCU used a three-run fourth inning to erase an early deficit and rode the stellar pitching of Tyler Alexander, Trey Teakell and Riley Ferrell to a 3-1 victory Saturday afternoon. The Horned Frogs have won 11 straight and 18-of-19.
Alexander (6-3) gave up a solo home run to Ross Kivett on the second pitch of the game, but that was all he would surrender as he matched his career-high with seven innings pitched. The freshman surrendered just four hits and struck out five. He allowed just five base runners.
Trey Teakell took over for Alexander in the eighth inning after Mitch Meyer led off the frame with a base hit. Teakell struck out the only two batters he faced before giving way to Riley Ferrell, who retired all four batters he faced to pick up his 11th save of the season.
TCU had opportunities in each of the first three innings, but a pair of pick-offs and some outstanding defense in the outfield held the Frogs in check.
The Frogs were finally able to capitalize in the fourth after Boomer White led off the frame with a base hit. He was standing on second with two outs when Jerrick Suiter worked a walk. Dylan Fitzgerald tied the game with a line drive single to right field. Keaton Jones broke the tie with an opposite field triple down the right field line to make it a 3-1 contest.
From there, defense and pitching took over for both squads. After allowing a lead-off single in the fourth, Alexander retired 10 straight before hitting Shane Conlon with one out in the seventh. On the next pitch, he got Blair DeBord to bounce into an inning-ending double play. No Wildcat runner advanced past first after the fourth inning.
TCU had a chance to extend its lead in the sixth inning with a pair of one-out base runners. The Wildcats went to the bullpen and Ethan Landon got the inning-ending double play to keep it a 3-1 game.
With the victory, TCU improves to 33-13 overall and 12-5 in Big 12 play. The Frogs move within a half game of league-leading Oklahoma State. They will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on FOX College Sports.