Baseball completes first Big 12 sweep


    TCU baseball earned their first Big 12 sweep ever Saturday afternoon, defeating West Virginia (16-11, 2-3 Big 12) twice in Lupton Stadium after rallying late Friday.

    The Frogs (19-12, 5-4 Big 12) shut out the Mountaineers 8-0 in Saturday’s first game and followed that up with a 3-1 win to complete the three-game series. 

    “If anybody needed it we did,” TCU head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “It’s probably as good of a weekend of baseball that we played in over a year and a half. We had a lot of things go our way.”

    TCU’s Preston Morrison threw a complete game in the first game Saturday, allowing just one hit, no runs and one walk. Morrison fanned seven batters in the win.

    “The past couple of weeks I had been really messing up with my rhythm and my timing,” Morrison said. “Today it all just clicked and I’m going to build off that start.”

    Sophomore outfielder Boomer White drove in the first run of the first game Saturday and had two RBI’s, going three for five at the plate. White went two for four in the second game, grabbing another RBI in the second win.

    “I hit on the barrel a lot this week and probably the most I ever have,” White said. “Put a good swing on it, hit on the barrel and good things will happen.”

    TCU used three different pitchers in Saturday’s second game. Sophomore left-hander Alex Young pitched four and a third innings, allowing one run on just three hits with one walk and one strikeout.

    “He managed around some things and did a good job,” Schlossnagle said.

    Freshman lefty Tyler Alexander switched in for Young and pitched two and two-thirds innings in relief. Alexander allowed two hits, no runs or walks and struck out one.

    The last pitcher up for the Horned Frogs was sophomore right-hander Riley Ferrell, who pitched for two innings in relief. Ferrell allowed no hits or walks and threw four strikeouts.

    “We knew West Virginia was going to be a tough challenge,” White said. “They went and took two in a row from Baylor, the only two from Baylor. It’s our first sweep in Big 12 play ever.”

    “We’re just playing the brand of baseball we like,” said White. “We think this could be huge for us throughout the season.”

    TCU’s next game is against Dallas Baptist University Patriots on April 8. First pitch in Dallas is set for 6:30 p.m.

    Editor’s note: This story was updated on Monday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m.