TCU Blanks No. 22 Oklahoma State, 2-0
April 12, 2013
FORT WORTH - The pitching duo of Preston Morrison and Alex Young held No. 22 Oklahoma State in check as TCU took the series opener, 2-0. Morrison tossed 8 1/3 shutout innings.
The Cowboys didn't go down in defeat easily as they had runners on in each of the last seven innings. Morrison (6-1) had to dig deep to get out of a couple jams as the Cowboys stranded 11 base runners. The sophomore tossed 8 1/3 scoreless frames, allowing eight hits, one walk and three hit batters, while striking out four.
TCU saw a golden opportunity to take an early lead in the second go by the way side. Derek Odell and Kevin Cron hit back-to-back singles to open the inning putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Cowboy starter Jason Hurst pitched out of the jam with a strikeout and a double play.
Oklahoma State looked like it was going to grab the momentum as it loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third. Morrison did what he does best as he got an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play to keep the game scoreless.
Kyle Bacak led off the bottom of the frame with a base hit and was standing on second after a Cody Jones sacrifice. With two outs, Paul Hendrix bounced a single up the middle to put the Frogs in front 1-0.
More trouble lurked in the fourth for Morrison as the Cowboys had runners on the corners with only one out. A pair of popups followed, keeping the Frogs in front by a run.
A lead-off walk to Cron in the fourth helped the Frogs open up a 2-0 lead. A wild pitch moved him to second and he scored on a one-out error by the second baseman.
Morrison flirted with danger again in the sixth after a lead-off double and a hit batter. The runners wouldn't move any further as he retired the next three batters to close the inning.
Keaton Jones' defense came up big in the sixth following a one-out double by Donnie Walton. Jones corralled a hot shot up the middle for the second out then made a running snag on a high chopper to end the inning.
Needing two runs to tie the game in the ninth, Oklahoma State did not go away easily as it put the tying runs on with only one out. Alex Young was called on and did his job. The freshman struck out the final two batters of the game to earn his second save of the season.
TCU improves to 15-19 overall and 4-6 in Big 12 play. Game two of the series is set for Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Brandon Finnegan will take the mound for TCU in game that will be televised on FSSW+.