Despite outhitting TCU, the No. 6 seed West Virginia University baseball team fell to the No. 2 seed Horned Frogs, 6-2, on Thursday night in the Mountaineers’ second game of the 2014 Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City. West Virginia (28-25) allowed just two hits through 7.1 innings, before TCU (40-15) scored five runs in the eighth inning to break things open.
After loading the bases in a 1-0 game in the top of the eighth, 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 innings, his longest outing of season, surrendering just 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, pitching a complete game and allowing just two runs.
Bobby Boyd led the Mountaineers offensively with two hits, while Billy Fleming and Ryan McBroom each chipped in an RBI.
After being held hitless through the first four innings, the Horned Frogs found their rhythm offensively in the fifth inning. After a leadoff walk and a double, Kyle Bacak singled up the middle to score the game’s first run.
Later in the frame, Walter got an inning-ending double play to get out of the jam with runners on the corners and one out.
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 tomorrow at 4:15 p.m., ET, with both teams sitting with one loss in the tournament.
Friday’s game will be televised on affiliates of Fox College Sports, while links to live stats are available on WVUsports.com. The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineers Sports Network from IMG College.