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Baseball Shut Out by TCU, Drops Series


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
April 05, 2014 05:38 PM
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU starter Preston Morrison had a no-hitter entering the seventh inning en route to an 8-0 shutout victory over the WVU baseball team on Saturday afternoon at Lupton Stadium.
 
Morrison (3-3) allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts and one walk in the complete game effort. He retired 17-straight WVU batters from the first to the seventh inning.
 
The loss gives TCU the series victory after a 4-3 walk-off victory by the Frogs on Friday evening. The Mountaineers fell to 16-10 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play. The shutout marks the first of the season for WVU.
 
Junior center fielder Bobby Boyd had WVU’s only hit, a double in the seventh inning.
 
West Virginia got off to a slow start and allowed TCU to take a 3-0 lead after one inning with three hits and two Mountaineer errors. Cody Jones scored on an RBI ground out to shortstop by Boomer White, and Jeremie Fagnan hit a two-run single to right center field.
 
TCU added insurance runs in the second inning and fifth inning. White drove in Kyle Bacak with a single to right field in the second and Garrett Crain singled to left center to drive in Derek Odell in the fifth.
 
Jerrick Suiter highlighted a three-run seventh inning with a two-run double to left field, extending the lead to 8-0.
 
Nine different TCU players combined for 16 hits, led by Bacak, Odell and White, who each had three-hit performances.
 
WVU right-hander Sean Carley (5-1) was issued his first loss of the season, allowing five runs on 10 hits in five innings. Carley struck out one and did not issue a walk.
 
The teams will close out the series this afternoon with the second game of today’s doubleheader.
 
A link to a video stream and live stats is available on WVUsports.com. The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College and fans can listen via AudioNow.



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