Action in the Big 12 Conference was dominated by pitching on Thursday as a pair of starting pitchers hurled scoreless outings to clinch wins in the opening games of their weekend series. A pair of junior southpaws accounted for the great pitching performances on the night as TCU Horned Frogs’ starter Brandon Finnegan and West Virginia Mountaineers starter John Means combined to pitch 16 scoreless innings.
Big 12 Baseball
AUSTIN, Texas – TCU’s Brandon Finnegan hurled eight scoreless innings in leading the Horned Frogs to a 3-0 victory over the No. 7 Texas Longhorns. Finnegan allowed four hits and a walk while fanning 11 Longhorns before giving way to TCU closer Riley Ferrell (So., RHP) who would close out Texas in the ninth. The loss snaps the Longhorns’ seven game win streak in Big 12 play.
Finnegan pitched through some tough situations in the first three innings before retiring 12 straight hitters in the mid-game. He worked around a pair of first inning singles, a second inning double and sacrifice hit, and a third inning single followed by a throwing error on a steal of second before gaining his footing and shutting down the Longhorns.
NORMAN, Okla. – WVU’s John means scattered seven hits and a walk over eight innings of work to shut down the Oklahoma Sooners 7-0. Mountaineers’ reliever Ryan Tezak (, ) closed out the Sooners ninth inning for the series opening win. Means recorded six strike outs in the effort in which he effectively worked through several jams with a stretch of eight straight outs in the middle innings.