No. 7 Finnegan Leads TCU Past Oklahoma

Jason Coats drove in the only run of the game.

Jason Coats drove in the only run of the game.

March 6, 2013


FORT WORTH - Entering the 10th season of the Jim Schlossnagle era at TCU, gofrogs.com will travel back in time to bring you the top 10 games of his coaching tenure.

Each Wednesday we will bring you another memory from the past nine seasons of TCU Baseball. The list was compiled with the help of the TCU media relations department and radio announcer Chuck LaMendola.

No. 7 on the list is TCU's 1-0 win at Oklahoma last season. Brandon Finnegan pitched seven-plus scoreless innings and Kevin Allen tallied his fifth save of the season in the win.

May 15, 2012: No. 20 TCU 1, No. 24 Oklahoma 1
NORMAN, Okla., 2012 - The 20th-ranked Horned Frogs traveled north for a top-25 match-up against 24th-ranked Oklahoma for a Tuesday night affair. A dominating pitching performance helped TCU complete the season sweep as TCU made a first-inning run stand up en route to a thrilling 1-0 win.

Taking the mound for the Frogs was Brandon Finnegan, who was making his first start since April 24. The left-handed freshman pitched one of the best games of his career that night in Norman. En route to his third career win, Finnegan carried a no-hitter into the inning and surrendered just one hit while striking out seven in seven-plus innings pitched.

Reflecting back on the contest, Finnegan noted that the Sooners hurt themselves throughout the game and didn't take advantage of the opportunities they had. Oklahoma stranded six base runners and had three erased on the bases.

The only run of the game for either side came in the first inning. With one out, Josh Elander hit a fly ball that the right fielder dropped. On the play, Elander made it to second. In the next at-bat, Jason Coats lined a double to right field to drive in Elander for a 1-0 lead.

Finnegan and the Frogs' defense had scares in the late innings, but TCU made the plays it needed to preserve the 1-0 lead. Finnegan recalls a fourth-inning line drive off the bat of Max White that Kyle Von Tungeln laid out to catch in left center. After a one-out error in the seventh, Kevin Cron single-handedly kept Finnegan's no hitter in tact. He made a lunging catch over the fence in foul territory, then fielded a tough hop and tagged out the runner to end the inning.

The Sooners kept putting the pressure on in the final two innings, but each time the Frogs' defense came through with the necessary plays to keep the lead. In the bottom of the eighth, the first two hitters reached on an error and a bunt single, ending Finnegan's night.

TCU called on Justin Scharf, who retired the next three batters to end the inning. Elander made the play of the inning on a sacrifice attempt, throwing out the lead runner at third for the first out in the frame. Scharf fanned Tanner Toal for the second out and got Ethan Ross to fly out to end the inning.

The next inning, Sharf got into a small jam after hitting the first batter. A base hit followed, but Cody Reine's aggressive base running proved costly as Brance Rivera started a perfect relay to Keaton Jones and on to Jantzen Witte at third. Witte applied the tag and Reine was the first out of the inning. Scharf knocked down a line drive and erased the lead-runner at second before an infield single ended his night.

TCU went to the bullpen and brought in Kevin Allen to get the final out of the game He struck out Evan Mistich looking on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

 

 


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