Sometimes a team just has your number.
The TCU Horned Frogs used another brilliant pitching performance to shut down the Texas Longhorns’ bats for a 2-0 win on Friday.
TCU beat Texas 3-0 on Thursday behind a four-hit, 11 strikeout performance from Brandon Finnegan. Friday’s results were not much different.
Preston Morrison mixed his pitches to stifle the Texas offense. Morrison (5-3) scattered four hits while striking out seven in seven innings.
Meanwhile, Dillon Peters (5-3) labored through 6.2 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits. Peters threw 108 pitches. The junior gave up three hits and a run in the first inning as the Horned Frogs grabbed the early momentum. All three hits came with two outs.
TCU (25-13, 9-5 Big 12) threatened to blow the game open in the fourth, but two great defensive plays by Zane Gurwitz thwarted the Horned Frogs. With the bases loaded and no outs, Gurwitz fielded a ball hit to his left and threw home to force the runner. Cody Jones then looped a ball into shallow left field that Gurwitz made an incredible over-the-shoulder diving grab to save a run. Peters then came back to strike out Derek Odell to end the inning and keep Texas (30-10, 9-5 Big 12) in the game.
Texas did threaten in the bottom of the fourth when CJ Hinojosa and Kacy Clemens had back-to-back singles with two out. Morrison struck out Jeremy Montalbano to end the threat. Morrison mixed his off-speed pitches with his fastball to keep the Texas hitters off-balance.
The Horned Frogs added a run in the seventh when Ben Johnson lost Kevin Cron’s fly ball in the lights for an RBI triple, scoring Jones.
Hinojosa nearly got Texas on the board in the eighth inning. With two runners on base, Hinojosa hit a hard liner that second baseman Garrett Crain made a diving catch on to end the inning.
Texas will send Nathan Thornhill (6-0) to the mound on Saturday to avoid the sweep. Game time is 4:00 PM on the Longhorn Network.