Finnegan, TCU thwart Texas Tech 9-0

Posted Friday, Mar. 21, 2014  comments  Print Reprints
A

Texas Tech at TCU

(at Lupton Stadium)

Game 1: TCU 7, Texas Tech 0

Game 2: RHP Preston Morrison (2-2) vs. LHP Chris Sadberry (2-1), 4 p.m. Saturday

Game 3: LHP Tyler Alexander (3-1) vs. TBD, 1 p.m. Sunday

Records: TCU 12-8; Texas Tech 17-6

TV: FSSW (Sunday only); Radio: KTCU/88.7 FM

Traffic alert

Fans attending TCU baseball games today and Sunday at Lupton Stadium should be advised that the exit for University Drive off I-30 will be closed this weekend. Optional routes from I-30 include taking Hulen Street to Bellaire Drive or Forest Park Boulevard to Berry Street.

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

For three innings Friday night, TCU’s offense looked very similar to the one that had struggled to get runners home for much of 2014.

Although the Horned Frogs scored a run in the third, they still stranded runners after a one-out double in the first and a one-out walk in the second, and left the bases loaded in the third.

That all changed in the fourth inning. TCU scored four times and handled Texas Tech 9-0 in Game 1 of a three-game Big 12 series in front of 4,242 at Lupton Stadium. Game 2 is 4 p.m. Saturday.

TCU starter Brandon Finnegan (4-2) struck out 10 and held Texas Tech to three singles and two walks in seven innings.

The Red Raiders (17-7, 1-3 Big 12) only had one base runner advance to second base. That came after a leadoff walk by Hunter Redman in the sixth. He made it to second on Ryan Long’s single to right, but Finnegan struck out Eric Gutierrez to end the inning. In the seventh, Finnegan struck out the side, getting Broadbent swinging on an 81 mph slider in the dirt.

“We have been up and down and haven’t actually had a streak yet, so hopefully this will put us on that streak and get us in the right direction,” Finnegan said. “Tech has been playing well.”

TCU (13-8, 1-0) jumped on Tech starter Dominic Moreno.

With two outs in the fourth, Dylan Fitzgerald and Kevin Cron both doubled in a run followed by Derek Odell’s run-scoring single to chase Moreno and give TCU a 5-0 lead. Moreno (1-4) hadn’t allowed more than a run in each of his five previous starts.

“We’ve done a great job of grinding out at-bats all season,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “That’s good. We’re getting guys on base. Last year, we didn’t get them on and we didn’t score.”

TCU had 12 hits, its third consecutive game with 10 or more hits. The Frogs also had five doubles, including two each from Cron and Fitzgerald.

“That was as close to a traditional TCU baseball game as I’ve seen in a year and a half,” Schlossnagle said.

Stefan Stevenson 817-390-7760 Twitter: @StevensonFWST

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Tuesday, July 22Full Scoreboard
Texas1Final(14) | Box
NY Yankees «2
San Francisco «9Final(14) | Box
Philadelphia6
Los Angeles7Final | Box
Pittsburgh «12
Boston3Final | Box
Toronto «7
Miami «6Final | Box
Atlanta5
San Diego0Final | Box
Chicago Cubs «6
Kansas City «7Final | Box
Chicago WSox1
Cincinnati3Final | Box
Milwaukee «4
Cleveland «8Final | Box
Minnesota2
Tampa Bay «7Final | Box
St. Louis2
Washington «7Final | Box
Colorado4
Detroit4Final | Box
Arizona «5
Baltimore «4Final | Box
LA Angels2
Houston «3Final(12) | Box
Oakland2
NY Mets «3Final | Box
Seattle1
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, July 22Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Tuesday, July 22Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard