No. 5 TCU 6, Texas 5
Why Texas (22-20, 8-8) lost: In desperate need of a big outing from its senior ace, Texas didn’t get it. Parker French, the only fully-functioning starter still left in the rotation, loaded the bases in the first and second innings and Texas fell behind 4-1. French lasted five innings, surrendering six runs on 11 hits. One of TCU’s runs was unearned, but only because French threw wildly to second base. French represented Texas’ best chance at a win this weekend, as two other starters are either out (Kacy Clemens) or limited due to injury (Chad Hollingsworth).
Why TCU (32-8, 8-5) won: Reigning Big 12 pitcher of the year Preston Morrison put up zeroes in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. In the fifth, he retired the Horns on three pitches, getting Collin Shaw to line out before inducing fly outs by C.J Hinojosa and Tres Barrera. Morrison lasted 7 1/3 innings, allowing third runs on six hits. Three Horned Frogs followed Morrison in the eighth, as Texas loaded the bases and scored runs on Joe Baker’s walk and Ben Johnson’s infield single.
Key stat: TCU reliever Riley Ferrell had allowed just two hits in 19 innings coming into the day. Texas matched that total with hits by Johnson and Hinojosa. With runners on the corners in the ninth, Ferrell got Michael Cantu to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. Hinojosa scored.
On deck: at TCU, 4:15 p.m. Saturday, 1300.
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