Baseball loses two of three at Houston College Classic


    The No. 12 TCU baseball team lost two of three games during the 2014 Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park over the weekend.

    The Frogs (7-5) lost 9-4 to Sam Houston State (10-2) on Friday and 1-0 to the No. 10 Rice Owls (7-5) on Saturday before winning 2-1 over Houston (8-2) on Sunday night.

    Junior pitcher Brandon Finnegan struggled against the Bearkats, allowing five runs on eight hits in six and a half innings pitched. Finnegan had not allowed a run this season entering Friday night’s game.

    On Saturday night, the Frogs couldn’t muster a run and lost their third straight game despite a stellar performance from junior pitcher Preston Morrison. The right-hander from Waxhaw, N.C., pitched the entire game and only allowed one run.

    Saturday’s contest was only the third time that Morrison has pitched a full game in his college career.

    When Sunday night’s matchup with the Houston Cougars rolled around, the Frogs were ready to end their losing streak.

    Freshman pitcher Tyler Alexander got the start for TCU, allowing just three hits and a run in 4.2 innings pitched.

    The Frogs were the first to strike. In the third inning, junior center fielder Cody Jones was walked. Senior catcher Kyle Bacak then grounded out to third base allowing Jones to make his way to second.

    After senior right fielder Dylan Fitzgerald was hit by a pitch, he stole second and Jones scored on a throwing error, giving TCU a 1-0 lead.

    The Cougars fought back in the bottom of the fifth, tying the game after a double by Houston center fielder Ashford Fulmer allowed catcher Caleb Barker to score.

    Cody Jones, who has 12 hits and 11 runs on the season, drilled a single in the top of the seventh to bring junior shortstop Keaton Jones in, putting the Frogs up by one.

    TCU mustered seven hits in the win.

    Houston got shortstop Frankie Ratcliff to third base in the bottom of the eighth but he was stranded there after a ground out and strikeout on ensuing at-bats ended the inning.

    Sophomore pitcher Riley Ferrell sealed the 2-1 win for the Frogs in the bottom of the ninth by retiring three straight batters.

    TCU returns home Tuesday for a matchup with Dallas Baptist (9-2) before the Frogs begin their three-game series with Michigan State (5-5). First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.