LOS ANGELES — A career night for Alex Young helped the second-ranked Horned Frogs earn a 3-1 victory against No. 6 UCLA Saturday night.
Young was brilliant in a career-high eight innings of work. He limited the hot-hitting Bruins to just one run on three hits. The first five batters of the Bruins top-heavy lineup were just 1-for-18 against him. Young walked one, pitched around two errors and fanned a career-high nine batters.
Young didn’t allow a hit after the third inning. He pitched around a pair of errors and a walk. The Bruins had just four base runners in the last five innings
Riley Ferrell took over in the ninth and after giving up a lead-off single, retired three consecutive pinch hitters to pick up his fourth save of the season.
The Bruins capitalized on a lead-off single in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Kevin Kramer singled to open the frame and moved to second on a balk with nobody out. A long fly ball out had Kramer standing on third and he scored on a ground out from Ty Moore to give the Bruins the lead.
Young wiggled off the hook in the third as UCLA threatened to add to its lead. Brett Urabe reached on a lead-off bunt single and moved to third on a balk and wild pitch with nobody out. Three consecutive ground balls to end the inning left Urabe standing.
TCU used the momentum and tied the game in the fourth. Keaton Jones worked a full count walk with one out and promptly stole second base. With two outs, Evan Skoug lined a double over the outstretched glove of the left fielder for an RBI double and a tie game.
A costly mistake by the Bruins catcher in the sixth turned into a 3-1 lead for the Horned Frogs. Cody Jones led off the inning with his second hit of the night. The Bruins looked to be out of the inning on a soft bouncer to the pitcher off the bat of Evan Skoug, but catcher’s interference negated the out, putting Skoug on first. Elliott Barzilli delivered as he lined a double to deep left field to drive in two, giving TCU the lead.
Young and Ferrell held the Bruins in check the rest of the way to seal the victory.
— TCU Baseball (@TCU_Baseball) March 8, 2015