OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s hard to complain about the job sophomore pitchers Preston Morrison and Brandon Finnegan have done the past two seasons.Both have been reliable for quality starts almost every time. But both have struggled to go deep in the postseason, including the past two days at the Big 12 tournament at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.Morrison left Thursday’s game after 32/3 innings when Oklahoma State scored four runs in the fourth inning. It was his shortest outing of the season. Morrison lasted 52/3 innings twice earlier this season.Brandon Finnegan was pulled after West Virginia tagged him for four runs (three earned) in just 12/3 innings and the Horned Frogs (29-27) lost 10-3 Friday. Finnegan’s shortest outing of the season was 22/3 innings at West Virginia on May 12.“Obviously, West Virginia sees him really well,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “They had a whole lot of success against him the last time and that’s a credit to West Virginia.“I’m not the kind of coach that tries to reinvent the wheel necessarily at this time of year, but we thought about pitching somebody else just because they did have so much success against him last time. But I have a lot of confidence in Brandon. He had a bad day — we all had a bad day except for [relief pitchers] Trey Teakell and Tejay Antone.”Morrison said before the tournament that he hoped to pitch better this postseason after several subpar starts a year ago during the Horned Frogs’ run. Morrison didn’t pitch badly Thursday.He went at least six innings in his first two starts in the 2012 postseason but was a tough-luck loser. In his final two starts last season he didn’t make it past 41/3 innings.Finnegan rebounded last June after a rough outing in the Mountain West tournament when he gave up three runs in three innings.In the College State Regional he beat Ole Miss 5-2 after going 71/3 innings. Against UCLA in the super regional, he allowed three runs in five innings.Baylor, Tech eliminatedBaylor and Texas Tech play at 9 a.m. Saturday with little left to play for. Both teams started 0-2 in the Big 12 tournament and have been eliminated.Neither team will qualify for an at-large NCAA berth, meaning this will be their final game of 2013. Baylor lost a 13-9 slugfest with top-seeded Kansas State on Friday. The Bears opened with a 2-0 loss to Oklahoma.“After losing the first game here you really aren’t playing to go to the championship in this format,” Baylor coach Steve Smith said. “We have a lot to play for tomorrow, our guys will have a lot to play for. I don’t think our guys have to look for reasons to play hard. That isn’t who they are.”Key stat9 TCU errors in Friday’s 10-3 loss to West Virginia tied a program record for most in a game and set a Big 12 tournament record for most errors in a tournament game. It also ties the record for errors in any game with a Big 12 team.
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