Baseball splits double-header with Kansas, wins series 2-1

The Frogs won the first contest of the day before falling Saturday evening.

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(Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.com)

(Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.com)

Expected inclement weather forced TCU baseball to play a double-header with Kansas (22-15, 6-6 Big 12) Saturday afternoon and the Frogs split the day, winning the series 2-1.

In the first of Saturday’s two matchups, the Frogs beat the Jayhawks 3-1.

Junior pitcher Preston Morrison came out hot, pitching a no-hitter through the first four innings. Morrison, who was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week last week, struck out seven Jayhawk batters and allowed only four hits in the win.

The Frogs jumped on KU early as senior catcher Kyle Bacak and sophomore left fielder Boomer White each hit an RBI single in the top of third to put TCU up 2-0 early.

Seven of the Frogs’ starters finished with at least one hit in the first game.

In the top of the sixth, TCU extended its lead to 3-0 after a pair of Jayhawk errors. Junior designated hitter Kevin Cron hit a double and then advanced to third and eventually home off two wild pitches.

 

Kansas pitcher Robert Kahana allowed seven hits and three runs in the loss.

KU’s Connor McKay got his team on the board with a home run in the bottom of the seventh but it was all for naught. The Jayhawks couldn’t make crucial plays when it counted and lost 3-1, handing the Frogs their seventh-straight win.

TCU opened the second game with two straight singles. The Frogs couldn’t capitalize though and trailed 1-0 early after McKay hit his second homer of the day.

It wouldn’t take long for the purple and white to tie up the game as Cron singled up the middle, allowing junior third baseman Derek Odell to cross home plate. Cron hit a combined 2-for-6 on the afternoon with two hits, a run and a RBI.

KU responded in a big way. The Jayhawks took advantage of a leadoff double in the bottom of the fourth, jumping out to a 2-1 lead.

Kansas then scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth off a big triple from Dakota Smith. The Leavenworth, Kan., native hit a pair of balls and drove in three RBIs in Saturday’s second game.

Sophomore pitcher Alex Young allowed seven hits and four runs in 5.2 innings pitched for TCU.

Jayhawks pitcher Frank Duncan kept the Frogs off the board following Odell’s run in the third. Duncan struck out seven TCU batters and only allowed five hits in a near-complete game effort.

McKay later drilled his third home run of the day in the bottom of the eighth, which proved to be the dagger for the Jayhawks as KU avoided the sweep, winning 5-1.

The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for TCU, which began on April 1.

Saturday’s games put the Frogs at 22-13 overall with a 7-5 record in conference play. They’ll return home for a Tuesday matchup with Houston Baptist (16-15, 6-8 Southland).

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from Lupton Stadium.

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