Finnegan threw 33 pitches in the fourth and 20 more in the fifth before he was pulled. The junior gave up one run on three hits, walked three and struck out seven before being pulled after 91 pitches.
Trey Teakell got the win with three shutout innings in relief of Finnegan, and Riley Ferrell earned his 13th save while striking out three and surrendering no hits over the final 1 1/3 innings.
“When I came in for Brandon my job was just to force the action and to attack the zone,” Teakell said. “The odds are in my favor when I do that, so I just try to attack as much as I can.”
First baseman Kevin Cron led the way for TCU at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
FROGS CONTENDING FOR NATIONAL SEED
TCU has the right lines on its resume — a No. 20 ranking, No. 11 RPI, 41-15 record and a run to the Big 12 Championship game.
That has the Horned Frogs in the thick of consideration for one of eight national seeds, and a win in Sunday’s championship would only help their cause.
“Somebody in our league needs to be a national seed,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “We are the No. 2 RPI league. It’s got to be somebody, so it might as well be us. We’ve had a great season and Oklahoma State has also had a great season. Texas is also playing really well right now.”
Perfectgame.org currently projects TCU to be the Big 12s only national seed, sneaking into the No. 7 spot. Meanwhile, Florida, Virginia, Florida State and Oregon State are virtual locks for national bids.
“I know the first four or five are probably pretty easy for the committee to pick, and the last three are probably really tough,” Schlossnagle said. “I think our resume is as good as any and better than most. This league deserves a national seed. The ACC is behind us in RPI and they are talking about two teams in that league having one.”