May 16, 2014
WACO, Texas- Baylor baseball fell victim to TCU's Preston Morrison in a 5-0 loss on Friday night at Baylor Ballpark. With the loss and other results from around the league, the Bears (24-28, 8-14 Big 12) are now locked in to face the Horned Frogs (37-15, 16-7 Big 12) at 12:30 p.m. CT in the first round of the Big 12 Championship on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
TCU jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first as a one-out single and HBP led to an RBI ground out by Kevin Cron. During the next pitch sequence, a passed ball allowed the second run of the inning to score. Three innings later, the Horned Frogs scored again on a passed ball in the fourth after a single, error, wild pitch and walk.
After TCU added a run in the sixth on a sac fly by Cron, Baylor finally got a runner in scoring position off Morrison in the seventh. Brett Doe led off with a walk and Adam Toth followed with a double to put a pair in scoring position, but Grayson Porter popped out, Duncan Wendel grounded out to Morrison and Aaron Dodson grounded out to first.
Following another TCU sac fly in the eighth by Boomer White, the Bears loaded the bases in the ninth. Doe started the rally with a one-out single. With two outs, Porter walked and Wendel singled to set up Dodson. However, yesterday's hero was unable to pull off another big hit as he grounded out to third to end the game.
Morrison (8-3) earned the win after allowing three hits and a walk with six strikeouts in eight shutout innings. BU starter Daniel Castano (5-4) took the loss as he surrendered three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in five innings.
*Baylor leads the all-time series over TCU 139-113 overall and 72-43 in Waco. Prior to this series, the last time the teams met in Waco resulted in a 7-1 BU win on Feb. 21, 2012, and the Bears have won four of the last six contests at Baylor Ballpark in the series. The last time the teams played a three-game series in Waco was Feb. 18-20, 2000, and the Bears swept the series.
*Baylor has won three of its five series vs. ranked teams this season. The Bears are 3-5 against teams ranked by Baseball America this season and are 22-20 vs. Baseball America ranked teams since 2011 and 187-272-1 all-time. At home against ranked foes, BU is 105-101-1.
*Baylor is 8-9 against top 25 teams this season and 8-10 vs. ranked teams.
*Baylor is 20-9 at home this season, which is its best home record since 2012.
*Baylor is 10-13 this season in TV games with seven wins and 13 of the 23 games being vs. ranked teams - BU is 7-6 vs. ranked teams. Since 2011, BU is 27-25 in TV games. Overall, BU is 57-66 in TV games.
*Adam Toth has reached base in each of his last nine games and has a hit in his last five. He's 20-for-38 (.526) in his last nine games.
*Duncan Wendel has a hit in each of his last four games.
*Grayson Porter has reached base in each of his last four games.
STAT OF THE GAME
5 - The amount of runs TCU scored and the amount of hits Baylor had.
TWEET OF THE GAME
"To win a game when the other pitcher is as efficient and as good as he is, then you can't afford to give them a lot. We have some young, inexperienced hitters and [Preston Morrison] is a tough matchup."
- BU head coach Steve Smith
The teams finish the series tomorrow with the rubber match at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Plus. The game will feature a pregame ceremony at 6 p.m. to retire Jason Jennings' jersey. The scheduled pitching matchup is BU RHP Nick Lewis (2-1, 6.48 ERA) vs. TCU LHP Tyler Alexander (7-3, 2.23 ERA) on Sunday.