TCU bounces back to earns split with Mountaineers

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. — After losing to West Virginia 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, TCU wasted no time moving into position to avoid the sweep.

The Frogs (24-25, 9-11 Big 12) scored six runs in the first inning of Game 2 and held on for a 7-4 victory over the Mountaineers on Saturday night.

The TCU bullpen then held West Virginia in check as Stefan Crichton (4-3), Trevor Seidenberger, Justin Scharf, Travis Evans and Riley Ferrell limited the Mountaineeres to four hits and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings.

Crichton earned the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings, while Ferrell picked up his second save of the season with 2 1/3 scoreless innings that included four strikeouts. Brandon Finnegan started for TCU and allowed four runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings of play in the no-decision.

TCU batted around in the first with Jantzen Witte getting the scoring started with a two-run double. Witte scored on a double by Derek Odell. After an error put two on, Keaton Jones lined a double to right for a 5-0 lead and Jones scored on a Kyle Bacak base hit. Jones also drove in a run in the third inning.

The Mountaineers, who scored two runs in the bottom of the first, added two more in the third, but the TCU bullpen took over from there.

Game 3 of the series is at noon Sunday with Andrew Mitchell pitching for TCU.

West Virginia scored a pair of unearned runs in the seventh and held on for a 2-0 victory in Game 1.

Preston Morrison (6-3) took the loss for TCU despite allowing only two unearned runs in seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven. Justin Scharf walked one and surrendered a hit in his only inning of work.

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