Morrison shines in season debut, Frogs beat Dolphins 5-1

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    After shutting out Jacksonville in Friday night’s season opener, the TCU baseball team gave an encore performance Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium, winning 5-1.

    Junior pitcher Preston Morrison got the start for the Frogs, allowing only four hits and no runs in eight innings pitched. Morrison was named first-team All-Big 12 last season after compiling a 1.51 ERA and 7-3 record.

    He was also named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Year in 2012. The right-hander struck out five batters during Saturday’s win.

    Junior first baseman Kevin Cron hit a double for the second-straight game but was stranded on second base in the bottom of the first.

    The Dolphins (0-2) got their first hit of the game off a single from first basemanConnor Marabell.

    With Marabell and center fielder Cameron Gibson on second and third, Morrison struck out two straight batters to end the inning and keep the game at 0-0.

    The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth. With two outs in the inning, junior right fielder Jerrick Suiter drilled a double into center field, allowing designated hitter Jeremie Fagnan to score.

    Suiter has three hits and three RBIs on the season in seven at-bats.

    Junior second baseman Connor Castellano would then hit a single and Suiter capitalized, scoring the Frogs’ second run of the game.

    Dolphins pitcher Zach Gordon allowed four runs and 10 hits in 4.2 innings pitched.

    The Frogs extended their lead to 3-0 after junior third baseman Garrett Crain hit a single that allowed junior shortstop Keaton Jones to score.

    Crain would later earn his first career run after left fielder Boomer White hit a single, putting the Frogs up 4-0.

    White finished the contest with two singles and a double in four at-bats. The sophomore was part of the Big 12’s all-freshman team last season.

    In the bottom of the sixth, Suiter reached third base off a fielding error and a successful bunt by Castellano. A sacrifice ground out by Jones allowed Suiter to score his second run of the day, giving the Frogs a five-run lead.

    TCU finished the game with 12 hits and only one strikeout.

    The Dolphins had an opportunity to score with two outs in the top of the eighth after Morrison allowed shortstop Angelo Amendolare to hit a double. Gibson grounded out on the following at-bat, however, which ended the inning.

    Redshirt freshman pitcher Brian Trieglaff came in to close the game for the Frogs in the top of the ninth. After starting off the inning allowing a walk and a single, Trieglaff allowed Marabell to score Jacksonville’s first run of the series.

    Trieglaff struck out the ensuing Dolphins batter to end the game at 5-1 TCU.

    Micah Ahern, the four-year-old boy who was made a member of the team last month, threw out the honorary first pitch of the game.

    With the win, the Frogs improve to 2-0 on the season. They’ll look to complete the sweep Sunday afternoon.

    First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. CT.