Keaton Jones broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the sixth inning, helping TCU defeat defending College World Series champion Vanderbilt 4-2 on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
Preston Morrison and two relievers combined to hold the Commodores to two runs and eight hits. The Horned Frogs (10-2) are ranked No. 3 in the USA Today coaches’ poll, and Vanderbilt is No. 4.
Morrison (3-0) gave up seven hits and two runs in six innings.
Riley Ferrell notched his third save by holding Vanderbilt hitless and striking out three in 1 2/3 innings.
In between, Tyler Alexander gave up one hit in 1 1/3 innings.
With the scored tied 1-1 in the sixth, Derek Odell singled with one out. After Nolan Brown reached on an infield single with two outs, Jones doubled to left-center field, scoring both runners and giving TCU a 3-1 lead.
Vanderbilt (11-4) scored in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
But Alexander and Ferrell shut down the Commodores and the Frogs added a run in the ninth when Brown walked. Jones moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt, and Dane Steinhagen brought him in with a single to center field.
TCU took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Garrett Crain led off with a single, moved to third on a single by Evan Skoug and scored on Odell’s sacrifice fly.
Brown and Steinhagen each had two hits.
Rhett Wiseman went 3 for 4 for Vanderbilt. Zander Wiel had two hits for the Commodores.
TCU wills stay in Los Angeles to take on Loyola Marymount at 8 p.m. Tuesday.