TCU scored four runs in the first inning Saturday and held on for a 5-3 win against New Mexico in Game 1 that was postponed from Friday night. The Horned Frogs (28-15, 12-4 in the Mountain West) had five consecutive batters reach with one out in the first. The one out came Friday before lightning and rains forced the postponement. Josh Elander walked and Jason Coats, Jantzen Witte and Kevin Cron singled before Brett Johnson doubled to make it 4-0.
TCU tied New Mexico for first place in the MWC with the win. The teams meet for Game 2 at 5 p.m. tonight at Lupton Stadium. Stefan Crichton (5-1) gets the start for TCU against right-hander Josh Walker (6-2).
The Lobos (26-20, 12-4) scored three runs against Preston Morrison, who replaced Friday’s starter Andrew Mitchell in the second inning Saturday. New Mexico scored twice in the second and once in the fourth on an RBI double by Kyle Stiner. Mitchell will start Game 3 at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Morrison pitched 4 1/3 innings Saturday before Brandon Finnegan took over with a runner on second and one out in the sixth. Finnegan got a groundout and strikeout on a 93 mph fastball to end the inning.
Brance Rivera singled in Cron to give TCU a two-run cushion in the sixth. Cron had three hits, an RBI, and two runs scored. In the seventh, leftfielder Jason Coats threw out a runner trying to move up to third base on a flyout for an inning-ending double play.
Justin Scharf held the Lobos to two hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Kevin Allen came on with two outs and runners on second and third in the ninth and struck out John Pustay to end the game.
Lobos’ starter Austin House, who started the game Friday, was back on the mound Saturday. After struggling in the first inning, he regrouped to hold the Frogs to one run the next six innings. House (5-4) took the loss after allowing five runs in seven innings. Morrison improved to 7-0.