June 15, 2014
Lifts TCU over Texas Tech
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. - TCU
lost and reclaimed its lead in one inning.
The Horned Frogs gave up two in the top of the
eighth to trail 2-1 before tallying a pair in the bottom of the
eighth to claim a 3-2 victory over Texas Tech in Game 3 of the
College World Series in front of 24,587 fans at TD Ameritrade
No. 7 TCU (48-16), in its second trip to the
College World Series, will face the winner of the Virginia-Ole
Miss match-up on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT. The Red Raiders (45-20),
in their first visit to Omaha, will face the loser in an
elimination game on Tuesday at 2 p.m. CT.
"Typical TCU baseball game," said Horned Frogs
head coach Jim Schlossnagle, "especially over the course of the
last couple of weeks."
In its seven NCAA Tournament games, TCU has had
six one-run contests, including each of the past four outings.
Trailing 1-0, Stephen Smith had a one-out single
in the eighth for Texas Tech to chase TCU starter Preston
Morrison, who was outstanding. Closer Riley Ferrell came in and
surrendered a single to pinch-hitter Anthony Lyons and a two-run
triple to Tyler Neslony as the Red Raiders snagged a 2-1
The Horned Frogs responded in the bottom of the
frame against Jonny Drozd. Keaton Jones (2 for 2) had a leadoff
single and was sacrificed to second. Cody Jones (2 for 4) hit a
grounder up the middle past Drozd to newly-inserted second
baseman Alec Humphreys. His throw was wild to first, allowing
Keaton Jones to score and Cody Jones to end up at second on a
hit and an error.
"My biggest deal was to stay as calm as I could,"
Cody Jones said. "Once I got down two strikes, I knew I had to
just sit back and fight and try to put a ball in play and try to
let my legs work."
Boomer White had a two-out single to bring home
Cody Jones with the go-ahead run.
"I stayed on it just enough to get a good piece
of it," White said.
Tech did not go quietly in the ninth. Tim
Proudfoot had a one-out single and Hunter Redman reached on an
error with two away, Ferrell rolled a groundout to end the
Both starters were tremendous. Morrison went 7.1
innings with five hits, one run, two walks and a career-high 10
strikeouts. Ferrell (3-1, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 K) picked up the
win for the Frogs.
"My slider was on point," Morrison said. "I was
able to locate my fastball when I needed to and threw a couple
of changeups for a couple of outs. I was able to make my pitches
when I needed to."
"I thought Preston was as good as advertised,"
Tech head coach Tim Tadlock said. "He pitched like the Big 12
Pitcher of the Year."
Chris Sadberry worked seven innings for the
Raiders with three hits, one run, two walks and five punchouts.
Drozd (7-1, 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER) suffered his first loss of the
"I knew it was going to be a close game,"
Sadberry said. "I was a little frustrated with myself not being
as sharp in the first inning. I tried to settle in and give my
team a chance to win."
The Horned Frogs got on the board in the bottom
of the first. Cody Jones laced a double down the left field
line, was bunted to third and scored on a sacrifice fly by White
to put TCU up 1-0. It snapped a string of 27 consecutive
scoreless innings for Texas Tech hurlers.
Texas Tech took two out of three at TCU in March
in a Big 12 series.