TCU made it three for three among Big 12 schools from Texas in NCAA Super Regional action on Saturday with a 3-2 win over West Coast Conference champion Pepperdine.
The Horned Frogs got a magnificent performance from left-handed starter Brandon Finnegan, who just two days before became the top pick of the Kansas City Royals and the 17th player taken overall in the 2014 MLB draft. Finnegan worked 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and struck out seven.
TCU jumped out to a 3-0 advantage with two runs in the fourth and a single run in the fifth. That lead stood until the seventh when Pepperdine designated hitter Chris Fornaci stroked a two-run homer to left field that cut the Horned Frogs’ lead to one run. Trey Teakell came on in relief of Finnegan in the seventh and ran into more trouble in the eighth when the Wave put their first two batters on base.
Closer Riley Ferrell entered the game in the eighth and closed out the Pepperdine scoring threat. He retired the side in order in the night to pick up his 15th save and preserve the victory for TCU.
Derek Odell was the offensive hero for the Horned Frogs with two hits and two runs batted in in the game.
The win was TCU’s 46th of the season, its 10th in a row and 31st win in 34 games since April 1. The win was awarded to Finnegan, who is 9-3 for the season.
The Horned Frogs have allowed two runs or less in 42 of their 61 games this season.
TCU and Pepperdine will meet again Sunday night, when the Horned Frogs can close out the series and punch their ticket to the College World Series.