Frogs leap past No. 5 Vanderbilt in Dodger Stadium Classic, 4-2


    The No. 2 Horned Frogs continued to make their case for the top national ranking with a victory over SEC power and defending national champion Vanderbilt Sunday.

    A strong start from pitcher Preston Morrison and a clutch two-RBI double from Keaton Jones led the Frogs to their second straight victory over a top-five ranked team. The Frogs had defeated the UCLA Bruins 3-1 Saturday.

    Starting pitcher Preston Morrison improved to 3-0 on the season after allowing two runs over six innings of work.

    Offensively, TCU struggled at the start of the game, going hitless through the first three innings of play.

    The scoring began in the top of the fourth inning, after a deep sacrifice fly to left field off the bat of third baseman Derek Odell gave the Frogs a 1-0 lead.

    Vanderbilt tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning after an RBI triple by outfielder Jeren Kendall.

    After striking out twice with two men on base during his first two at bats, the third time around was the charm for shortstop Keaton Jones. With two men on, Jones ripped a double into the gap to give the Frogs a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning.

    Vanderbilt jumped right back into the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a pair of doubles by outfielder Rhett Wiseman and first baseman Zander Wiel to cut the lead to 3-2.

    Pitcher Tyler Alexander was called upon to relieve Morrison in the seventh inning. Alexander recorded one strikeout and gave up one hit in his inning and a third of work.

    TCU hung on to the 3-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth, when Riley Ferrell came in to record a five-out save for the Frogs.

    TCU outfielder Dane Steinhagen tacked on an insurance RBI single in the top of the ninth to give the Frogs a 4-2 lead, and that would turn out to be the final score.

    The Frogs will continue their road trip in California on Tuesday against Loyola Marymount. First pitch is at 8 p.m.