AUSTIN, Texas – Behind stellar performances by juniors Brandon Finnegan, Preston Morrison and sophomore Riley Ferrell TCU pulled off a sweep of No. 7 Texas. The sweep allowed the Horned Frogs to leap over the Longhorns after knocking them from first to third in the Big 12 Conference standings.
Southpaw Brandon Finnegan set the tone for the series, throwing a gem on Thursday night to open the series and giving the Horned Frogs a 1-0 series lead. During his eight scoreless innings of work Finnegan fanned 11 Longhorns, holding Texas to only four hits, one a double, and a walk.
Texas hit .148 against Finnegan who posted a 0.63 WHIP in the outing, getting six ground outs and seven fly outs on the night. Ferrell threw a perfect ninth inning, striking out two more and getting a groundout to get his first save of the series.
Righty Preston Morrison fed off the momentum on Friday hurling seven scoreless innings of his own. Morrison struck out seven while allowing four hits and three walks. Morrison posted a 1.00 WHIP while holding the Longhorns to a .154 average while getting seven groundouts and seven fly outs in the outing.
Morrison walked the last batter he faced in the eighth before giving way to sophomore reliever Alex Young (LHP) who hit a batter before getting a strike out and a fly out before yielding to Ferrell with two-out and two-on to face righty C.J. Hinojosa.
Hinojosa would line out and Ferrell would go on to pitch a perfect ninth inning for the second consecutive night, clinching the series victory over Texas and notching his second save of the series.
Texas would end the scoreless weekend against TCU at 18 innings by breaking through for a run in the first inning against freshman lefty Tyler Alexander. However, Alexander would settle in and allow no more runs over five innings of work on six hits, a walk and a hit batsman.
Trey Teakell (RJr., RHP) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings allowing a hit and walk while striking out two to get the game to the eighth inning. Teakell would allow a lead-off single to Brooks Marlow, who scored in the first, and then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed him to advance to second before getting a ground out.
TCU turned to southpaw Travis Evans (Jr.) to face lefty Mark Payton and struck him out. Then the Horned Frogs brought in Alex Young (So., LHP) to face Tres Barrera and would get him to line out to end the scoring threat.
Naturally, Ferrell came on in the ninth and walked the first batter he faced before striking out Hinojosa. After allowing back-to-back singles, Ferrell induced the game-ending double-play to wrap up the sweep for TCU and his third save.
Ferrell would be named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week for his 3.2 scoreless innings and three saves with five strike outs performance at Texas.
On the series, TCU pitchers held the Longhorns to a single run, striking out 28 against six walks while holding Texas to a .181 average. The Horned Frogs posted a 0.33 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. TCU pitchers averaged 9.3 strike outs and 2.0 walks per nine innings pitched with a 27 groundout to 23 fly outs in the series.