Mor­ri­son takes TCU to victory

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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.

Ted Kirk As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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