TCU Advances With 6-2 Win Over WVU
May 22, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY - Preston Morrison tossed his fifth complete game and No. 12 TCU used a five-run eighth to pick up a 6-2 win over West Virginia to advance in the winner's bracket of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships.
Morrison (9-3) was outstanding in leading the Horned Frogs to victory. He allowed two runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out six. The Mountaineers were held in check through the first seven innings before pushing across a pair of eighth inning runs. Morrison retired the final four batters in the game.
West Virginia had a base runner in scoring position in four of the first six innings, but Morrison was able to pitch around the runner to keep the game scoreless. The Mountaineers best chance early came after a one-out double from Cameron O'Brien in the fifth. He was standing on third with two outs when Morrison got Michael Constantini to line out softly to Garrett Crain to end the inning.
After being held hitless through the first four innings, the Frogs were finally able to break through in the fifth. Jerrick Suiter worked a lead-off walk and moved to third on a double from Dylan Fitzgerald. With one out, Kyle Bacak lined a single back up the middle to put the Frogs in front, 1-0.
The game sailed through to the eighth when Mountaineer starter Corey Walter lost control of the strike zone. With one out, Bacak worked a walk. Cody Jones followed with another walk and Derek Odell was hit by the pitch to load the bases. Walter got a big second out, but a good eye by Kevin Cron on a full-count gave TCU a 2-0 lead as he walked to drive in Bacak. Crain hit a high fly ball that fell in for a double, driving in two more runs. Suiter laced a single into right for a 6-0 lead.
West Virginia tried to get back in the game in the bottom of the frame as it loaded the bases on two hits and a walk with one out. Billy Fleming hit a sacrifice fly to break up the shutout and Ryan McBroom singled up the middle to make it a 6-2 contest. Morrison notched his sixth strikeout of the game to end the inning.
With the win, TCU improves to 40-15 on the season. The Horned Frogs have earned a day off Friday and will await the winner of the Baylor/West Virginia elimination game Friday afternoon. Game time on Saturday is set for 9 a.m. The game will be televised on FOX College Sports.