Better late than never. After a dominating mid-week win against UTA, the Frogs continued the momentum through the weekend and picked up their first Big 12 sweep. Schloss' quote from last week might've inspired the team as they finally played a complete week of baseball. Finnegan was his usual self, we saw the real Preston Morrison, and the hitting and offensive execution was as good as it's been all season.
Friday night saw another brilliant performance from Brandon Finnegan, only this time he had to compete with an equally brilliant performance by West Virginia pitcher Harrison Musgrave. In less than six innings, Finnegan notched 7 strikeouts, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, and walking only 3.
Trey Teakell, who notched his first win of the season, was dazzling in relief for TCU. Teakell allowed one run on 2 hits and struck out four in three innings of work.
Finnegan and Musgrave were back and forth throughout and both sides were pitching shutouts until West Virginia collected two two-out runs in the top of sixth. TCU responded at the bottom of the inning with a two-out from Dylan Fitzgerald and an RBI from Keaton Jones to cut the deficit in half.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Frogs got a little spark going thanks to a flawless bunt from Derek Odell, which advanced Dylan Delso and Cody Jones. An RBI single from Boomer White put the Frogs within 1 and a sac-fly from Kevin Cron scored Cody Jones to tie the game at 3. Finally, a deep sac-fly from Dylan Fitzgerald scored Odell to give TCU the 4-3 victory.
Saturday was all Preston Morrison. Morrison, who got back on track last weekend against Oklahoma State after a disastrous performance against Tech, gave the most dominant performance from a TCU pitcher this season. In Morrison’s second career one-hitter, the junior struck out 7 and allowed only two base runners in the contest.
The TCU bats must’ve been feeding off from Morrison’s energy, because they haven’t looked as confident at the plate all year as they did Saturday afternoon. TCU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first thanks to some brilliant work at the plate from the usual suspects; Dylan Fitzgerald and Boomer White. TCU continued to chip away throughout the game and tacked on 3 runs in the 7th to make the game 8-0.
The Frogs carried the confidence into the night game Saturday and had machine-like effectiveness that propelled them to a 3-1 win. Derek Odell was one of the highlights for TCU at the plate Saturday evening, but it was the base running of Keaton Jones and Cody Jones that were the real difference makers.
- Dylan Fitzgerald extended his on base streak to 25 games, which ended after the second Saturday game.
- Keaton Jones had his 10th multi-hit game of the season.
- Derek Odell extended his hitting streak to 6 games
- Cody Jones has reached base safely in 10 straight games
- Preston Morrison’s first one-hitter came on May 19, 2012 against San Diego State.
MVP: Dylan Fitzgerald and Preston Morrison
Morrison once again showcased his Maddux-esque effectiveness Saturday afternoon and showed us yet again of the pitched he’s capable of being on a consistent level.
Dylan Fitzgerald, who seemingly came out of nowhere for the Frogs, is second on the team in hitting and came up with some big hits over the weekend to lift the Frogs to their first ever Big 12 sweep.
Cy Young: Preston Morrison
Because I Can: Kevin Cron
Starting with a mid-week game at UTA, Cron looks to be getting his groove back and showcasing the talent that TCU brought him in to do.
C’Mon Man: Me.
For doubting my favorite player Preston Morrison.
By The Numbers: Stadium Attendance
|Rank||Institution||Conference||Accum Attendance||Avg Attendance||Stadium Capacity||Pct Capacity||Games|
|8||Florida St.||Atlantic Coast||73,913||5,280||0||Infinity||14|