In case you're just joining us, welcome to TCU baseball. The runs are scarce and the mild heart-attacks are frequent, but somehow this team continues to get it done. Preston Morrison was as brilliant as he's ever been, and the cult of Boomer White continues to grow as he once again gave TCU the go ahead hit.
From the beginning, the game was all Morrison. The junior---yet somehow undrafted---Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, had arguably what was the finest outing of his career. P-Mo went just over 7-innings, giving up 1 earned on 5 hits and striking out a career high of 10. Morrison's 10 strikeouts were also the most thrown at TD Ameritrade since the 2011 series. And credit to Tech's Chris Sadberry, who also threw what was probably the greatest outing of his career as well. The lefty went 7-innings, allowed 1 earned on 3 hits, and struck out 5 whilst only walking 2.
TCU tacked on an early run in the bottom of the 1st off a Cody Jones double, Oddell sac bunt and Boomer sac fly, but that was all the offense the game would see until the 8th when Tech knocked in a couple runs to get a 2-1 lead. Then, in the bottom half of the inning, Keaton Jones, who's been killing it at the plate lately – something he's not really known for – reached on an infield single, followed Cody Jones, who got on base thanks to a Tech throwing error. The error allowed Keaton Jones to cross home plate and score the tying run. Then, who else but the growing legend of Boomer White to finish the job? White, whose heroics pretty much single handedly kept TCU in the now legendary 22-inning game against Sam Houston two weeks ago, drove in the go-ahead run to give the Frogs a 3-2 lead. The score would hold.
The weaker spots for both teams, Riley Ferrell and Jonny Drodz, were a surprise, as the two relievers are usually their team's brightest spots. Granted, Ferrell came in on a tough spot and Drodz didn't get help from his defense, but the two were far from their usual selves. Ferrell did, however, find a rhythm in the 9th and recorded the win.
This is TCU baseball and while it continues to be excruciating, it also continues to be rewarding. The Horned Frogs will play the winner of tonight’s matchup, Ole Miss and Virginia, on Tuesday night at 7pm. We'll post a "Know Your Enemy" tomorrow once we know who we're playing.