Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Fungo didn't watch... Thank God.
TCU fell behind 5-0 three innings into the contest and couldn't recover as Jacksonville held on for the 5-3 victory. Brandon Finnegan fanned a career-high 11 batters in the contest.
Finnegan (0-3) allowed five runs on six hits in six innings of work. He walked three and fanned 11. Nick Frey allowed just one hit in his two of work and struck out three.
Jacksonville jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a one-out home run off the bat of Dylan Dillard.
TCU had its chances in the first two innings to crack the scoreboard after getting the lead off batter on. In each inning, the runner was standing on second with one out and that's where he would stay as Dolphin starter Chris Anderson retired the next two batters to end the inning.
A pair of two-out walks in the third inning proved costly as the Dolphins turned them into runs, scoring four times with two outs. Eight straight pitches out of the strike zone put two on for Alex McRae who delivered a bases-clearing double down the left field line for a 3-0 lead. Brady North capped the scoring with a home run to right for a 5-0 Jacksonville lead.
Errors galore in the top of the fourth helped TCU climb back in the game as it picked up two unearned runs on two hits and two errors. Brett Johnson reached on a one-out error and moved to third on a two-out double off the bat of Dylan Fitzgerald. Keaton Jones got the Frogs on the board with a bouncer up the middle. An error on a chopper hit by Kyle Bacak allowed another run to score, pulling the Frogs back within three, 5-2.
TCU tried to mount a rally in the top of the ninth inning. Josh Gonzales smoked a lead-off double off the wall in left field and moved to third on a pinch hit single off the bat of Boomer White. With one out, Derek Odell hit a grounder to second to drive in the run. The Frogs brought the tying run to the plate, but Anderson got out of the jam to end the game.
TCU falls to 1-7 on the season. Game time for Saturday's contest is set for 1 p.m. (CT). Preston Morrison will make his third start of the season.