TCU Edges Texas Tech, 3-2, in College World Series Opener|
June 15, 2014
In the fifth meeting this season between the two schools, TCU (48-16) did just enough to top the Red Raiders, who were making their first ever appearance in the College World Series while playing in front of a capacity crowd of 24,587 in attendance.
The Horned Frogs, who trailed 2-1 after a two-run top of the eighth by the Red Raiders, took advantage of a leadoff single to start the frame and then a Tech throwing error moments later. Boomer White singled home the game-winning run for TCU with a two-out liner to left field that scored Cody Jones from second base.
TCU's eighth-inning rally erased what at the time was a monumental top half of the inning from the Red Raiders. Tech picked up back-to-back one out singles from Stephen Smith and Anthony Lyons, who was pinch hitting against TCU closer Riley Ferrell.
A TCU fielding error in left field put both runners in scoring position before Tyler Neslony unloaded on a two-run triple that hit off the wall in right field. The ball went deep enough to easily bring Smith and Lyons around to score and allowed Neslony to slide in safely to third.
Neslony's blast ended a tough start at the plate for the Red Raiders, who stranded five runners from the second through fifth innings. Tech put a pair of runners on base in both the second and fourth innings before TCU starter Preston Morrison worked out of the jam in both frames thanks in part to his career-high 10 strikeouts.
As good as Morrison was early for TCU so was Tech starter Chris Sadberry, who bounced back from an early run in the first inning to earn a no-decision. Sadberry finished with five strikeouts over seven innings and just three hits allowed - one of which that was a leadoff double from Jones that led to the first run of the game.
Sadberry struck out a pair of hitters in the seventh before giving way to reliever Jonny Drozd to begin the eighth. Drozd (7-1) suffered his first loss of the season after giving up two runs - one of which that was earned - off three hits in his lone inning of work.
Ferrell (3-1) picked up the win for the Horned Frogs after going the final 1.2 innings where he allowed one run off three hits while striking out two hitters as well. He relieved Morrison, who went 7.1 innings where he surrendered just a run off five hits.
Tech attempted to make a final rally in the ninth by putting two runners on base following a Tim Proudfoot one-out single and then a TCU fielding error with two outs in the frame.
Ferrell forced Tech pinch hitter Todd Ritchie to ground out to short to end the game, however, as the Red Raiders closed the day leaving eight runners on base overall.
Adam Kirsch boosted Tech at the plate early in the game, going 2-for-4 to extend his season-best hitting streak to 15 games. It was his 15th multiple-hit game this year for Kirsch, who connected on singles in both the second and fourth innings.
The Red Raiders will now face the loser of tonight's Virginia and Ole Miss contest in an elimination game at 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.