TCU’s season ends with 4-1 loss to UCLA


TCU's season came to a conclusion with a 4-1 loss to UCLA Saturday night in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Brance Rivera homered in his final game for TCU. The Frogs finish the season 40-22.

Preston Morrison (9-2) took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits in three and one-third innings of work. He walked one and struck out one. Andrew Mitchell allowed two unearned runs in three and two-third innings of work. He gave up three hits, walked three and struck out four. Kaleb Merck pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game. He allowed a hit and struck out one.

A one-out triple by Trevor Brown had the Bruins in business in the second inning. Chris Valaika put UCLA in front 1-0 with a sacrifice fly to right.

TCU threatened to get the game tied in the bottom of the inning after a lead-off double by Jantzen Witte. Jerrick Suiter lined a single up the middle to put runners on the corners with only one out. Trying to stay out of a potential double play, Suiter took off for second, but he was gunned down and Bruin starter Nick Vander Tuig got Josh Gonzales to fly out to end the inning.

A lead-off single by Kevin Kramer in the third turned into another Bruin run as they opened up a 2-0 lead. He moved to third on a one-out single by Beau Amaral before scoring on a safety squeeze off the bat of Tyler Heineman.

With one swing of the bat, Brance Rivera got the Frogs back in the game as he drilled a home run over the left field fence to make it a 2-1 contest.

UCLA threatened to get the run back in the top of the fourth after a one-out triple by Valaika. The Frogs went to the bullpen and called on Andrew Mitchell. The sophomore got two straight strikeouts to end the inning, keeping the deficit at one.

A pair of unearned runs in the sixth and seventh put the Frogs in a 4-1 hole. In the sixth, the Bruins loaded the bases with one out and a passed ball allowed the third run of the game to score. Mitchell minimized the damage with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.

In the seventh, a one-out error turned into the Bruins fourth run. Amaral reached on the miscue and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Keefer.

The Bruins (47-14) advanced to the CWS for the fourth time in the school's history and first time since 2010.

This story contains material from the Associated Press.