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Morrison shines again as TCU wins series, gains more momentum

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Though they couldn't get two consecutive sweeps, the Frogs are in top form at just the right time. With Morrison on his Greg Maddux flow, the one-two punch of him and Brandon Finnegan is starting to look as good as promised.

The timing couldn’t be better for the Frogs as they head into their biggest series of the year next weekend in Austin. Starting Thrusday, the Frogs will face No. 9 Texas and with Morrison and Finnegan in top form, Cron finally getting consistent, the always-effective Boomer White, and the shutdown defense of Keaton Jones; the Frogs could easily claim the first two games in Austin. The Sunday game is different story...

Weekend Series


TCU 5, Kansas 2

Brandon Finnegan improved to 6-2 on the season, giving up 8 hits on 2 runs and striking out 4. Trey Teakel continues to prove his brilliance as a set-up man, and Riley Ferrell showed his dominance as a closer as well.

Friday night’s offense was all Kevin Cron and Boomer White. Cron came alive once again and had his first career multi-home run game at TCU. One of those came in the 2nd to tie the game at 2-2, and the second came in sequence with Boomer White’s second homerun of the year.


Game One: TCU 3, Kansas 1

Preston Morrison’s found his groove again as he retired 20 of the first 21 batters he faced. The junior was pretty much unhittable Saturday afternoon, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 7 over the course of 8 innings.

At the plate, it was nothing fancy, but damn if it wasn’t effective. Thanks to the base running of Cody Jones and Keaton Jones. Defensively, Morrison and Keaton Jones both deserve Gold Gloves. Morrison put out 6 baserunners himself.

Game Two: TCU 1, Kansas 5

The Frogs had a big early opportunity in the first but Kansas pitcher, Frank Duncan was able to get out of the jam. Kansas then jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st, the game was tied later thanks to an RBI by Kevin Cron in the third. TCU didn’t score another run after that, and the Jayhawks chipped away the rest of the game; adding one run in the 4th, two in the 6th and one in the 8th to win the game 5-1.

By The Numbers

· Derek Odell extended his hit streak to 10 games

· Boomer White has reached base safely in 8 straight games

· Keaton Jones collected his 11th multi-hit game of the year

· The home run Morrison gave up Saturday, was his first allowed this season

· On Friday, TCU had double-digit hits for the sixth straight game

· Kevin Cron collected his first multi-homerun game at TCU on Friday


MVP: Boomer White

White continues to be the Frogs' best offensive weapon in 2014.

Stat Line: 4-8 with 3 RBIs and a home run in the first two games

Cy Young: Preston Morrison

He's baaack. Morrison looked as confident as he's ever been Saturday, putting out 20 of the first 21 batters he faced. Morrison's effectiveness and confidence at an all-time high, will be needed this weekend in Austin.

Stat Line: 8.1 IP, 4 hits, 7 strikeouts, 1 earned-run, 0 walks.

Because I Can: Keaton Jones

Jones had his 11th multi-hit game over the weekend, and continues to play the most stellar defense of anyone on the team. Keaton has started all but one game since coming to TCU. His glove is the reason for that.

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