Morrison takes TCU to victory
OMAHA — No pitcher in Texas Christian’s history has as many wins as Preston Morrison.
Before Sunday, though, he had never won a game in eight career NCAA tournament starts. The senior finally added that to his resume, pitching seven dominant innings in TCU’s 10-3 victory over Louisiana State in the College World Series.
“He’s the best pitcher in the history of the school, bar none, and he’s pitched great in the postseason throughout his entire career,” TCU Coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “He hasn’t had a lot to show for it because when you’re in the postseason, you’re facing another great pitcher.”
That looked to be the case again in the matchup with LSU left-hander Jared Poche’, who had come to Omaha having allowed one run in 161⁄3 innings in the national tournament. But Poche’ had a stunning middle-inning meltdown after retiring nine in a row to start the game. TCU capitalized and won easily in the first game of its second straight CWS appearance.
Morrison (12-2), whose 37 career wins are the most of any active Division I pitcher, limited LSU to five hits and a run in seven innings. “The most important thing for me was getting another step closer to our ultimate goal, the national championship,” Morrison said.
The Horned Frogs (50-13) will play a winners game against Cal State Fullerton or Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.
JARED FOSTER of Louisiana State is tagged out by catcher Evan Skoug of Texas Christian in the third inning. TCU took advantage of four LSU errors.