LOS ANGELES — In a contest that featured two teams that can both claim a No. 1 ranking, it was No. 2 TCU that came out on top, besting No. 5 Vanderbilt 4-2 at Dodger Stadium. Keaton Jones’ two-run double in the sixth broke a 1-1 tie.
Preston Morrison twirled six innings in improving to 3-0 on the season. He allowed two runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out four.
Vanderbilt threatened in the first to take the early lead. Back-to-back one-out singles had runners on the corners. Morrison executed a third-to-first move and picked off Dansby Swanson for a big second out. A strikeout ended the frame without a run crossing the plate.
TCU took the lead in the fourth, scoring a run on three hits. Garrett Crain led off the frame with a base hit and moved to third on an Evan Skoug base knock. With one out, Derek Odell skied a high fly ball to left that was deep enough for the sacrifice fly and a 1-0 lead.
A pair of two-out hits from the Commodores evened the game at one in the fifth. Karl Ellison doubled to left field to start the two-out rally. Jeren Kendall followed with a triple to right to drive in Ellison for a 1-1 game.
The Frogs responded in the top of the sixth with a pair of two-out runs of their own. Derek Odell singled with one out and moved to second on a two-out infield single from Nolan Brown. Keaton Jones came through with a double to left center to drive in both runners for a 3-1 lead.
Vanderbilt got a run back in the bottom of the frame to make it a one-run game. Rhett Wiseman led off the inning with a double and scored on a one-out single from Zander Wiel. The throw went through to the plate and Weil was standing on second with one out. Morrison buckled down and got a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.
TCU picked up a huge insurance run in the ninth to push its lead to two, 4-2. A walk to Brown opened the inning. After a Keaton Jones sacrifice bunt, Dane Steinhagen lined a single up the middle to drive in Brown with the fourth run of the game.
Ferrell issued a lead-off walk in the ninth, but came back to strike out the side to lock down the victory.
Not a bad week for TCU: 3-1 against 4 different opponents ranked in the top 25. Frogs are 5-2 against ranked foes this season.
— TCU Baseball (@TCU_Baseball) March 8, 2015