WVU BASEBALL: TCU’s big inning too much for Mountaineers
The West Virginia University baseball team was involved with another late-inning offensive outburst in Thursday’s Big 12 tournament.
The Mountaineers were on the wrong end of it this time.
No. 2 seed TCU managed two hits through the first seven innings before breaking out for five runs in the eighth en route to a 6-2 win over sixth-seeded WVU during the tournament’s second day of action at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
The Mountaineers held a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth before the Horned Frogs earned a two-out walk, then back-to-back two-RBI hits to pull away from the Mountaineers.
Senior Corey Walter started on the mound for WVU. Walter pitched 7 2/3 innings, his longest outing of season, and surrendered four hits.
TCU’s Preston Morrison, the recently named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, got the start on the mound for the Horned Frogs, who have now won 25 of their last 28 games overall.
Morrison earned the win with a complete game. He allowed two runs and struck out six while throwing 108 pitches.
Bobby Boyd led the Mountaineers offensively with two hits, while Billy Fleming and Ryan McBroom each chipped in an RBI.
West Virginia scattered four hits over the first six innings. WVU was able to get a runner in scoring position with two outs against Morrison in the fifth and six innings, but was unable to score.
West Virginia loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, following singles from Justin Fox and Boyd, as well as a walk by pinch-hitter Cody Semler.
A sac-fly by Fleming and a RBI single by McBroom followed, trimming the deficit to 6-2. But Morrison would get out of danger and pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the complete game win.
WVU will face the No. 7 seed Baylor on Friday at 4:15 p.m. Both teams have one loss in the tournament.