The Texas Longhorns came into its series with the TCU Horned Frogs as one of college baseball’s hottest teams. The Longhorns were facing one of the nation’s best pitchers. Something had to give.
In this case, pitching won out.
Brandon Finnegan pitched eight shutout innings and the Horned Frogs used a three-run fifth inning to beat Texas 3-0 Thursday night.
“He pitched like a major leaguer. That is exactly how he pitched. So, hats off to him,” said Texas coach Augie Garrido. “I don’t think that our players did anything bad or did anything to be blamed about, we got beat by a guy who is really really good and had a really really good night, and turned in a championship performance.”
Finnegan (7-2) was dominant. The junior allowed four hits while striking out 11. Texas (30-9, 9-4 Big 12) managed to get two runners into scoring position early in the game, but couldn’t get the timely hit it needed to score.
Parker French (4-3) matched Finnegan early on. The fifth inning proved to be his undoing as three hits, a hit batter and a failed pickoff attempt cost the junior all three runs. TCU (24-13, 8-5 Big 12) managed just six hits of French in his six innings of work.
Mark Payton extended his reached-base streak to 78 games when he reached on a fielder’s choice in the first inning.
Dillon Peters (5-2) takes on Preston Morrison (4-3) Friday night. Game time is 6:00 PM on the Longhorn Network.