Right-hander Preston Morrison will start TCU’s College World Series opener against Texas Tech at 2 p.m. Sunday.
TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle announced the news, along with Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock, who said left-hander Chris Sadberry (5-3) will start for the Red Raiders, during a press conference Friday morning at TD Ameritrade Park.
Morrison (9-4) getting the nod to start is mostly about match-ups on TCU’s side of the bracket. The winner between Virginia and Ole Miss, which play at 7 p.m. Sunday, meet the TCU-Tech winner at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The two losers play 2 p.m. Tuesday. Schlossnagle said he wanted to have left-hander Brandon Finnegan ( ) available to face left-handed hitter-heavy Virginia and Ole Miss, which have four and five left-handed hitters.
“I don’t feel like we’re holding a guy,” Schlossnagle said of Finnegan. “Preston is the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. It’s not like we’re trying to play some gamble. It’s more abour giving us the best chance to win our side of the bracket.”
Morrison lost to Tech on March 22, in the shortest outing of his career. He allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in two innings.
“I feel like they didn’t see the best Preston Morrison,” Schlossnagle said. “There’s really no other reason than matchups.”
Coach Mo ill
TCU associate head coach Bill Mosiello missed Friday’s practice at TD Ameritrade Park after waking up with a bad cold. Mosiello was at Thursday’s practice at Millard West High School.
Respect for Tadlock
Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock was a respected assistant at Oklahoma and Schlossnagle tried to hire him a couple years ago at TCU. Tadlock eventually landed the head job with the Red Raiders, where he’s been the last two seasons.
“All of our coaches have great appreciation for what everybody does,” Schlossnagle said of the Big 12. “It’s fierce competition but it’s sportsmanlike. Everybody respects everybody.”