TCU Next Faces Florida State At CWS
TCU has done the seemingly improbable. The Horned Frogs beat Texas 4-1 Sunday to win their Super Regional series
2-1 to make the first trip to the College World Series in program history. The Longhorns entered the nation with the best ERA in the nation, but TCU managed to win games one and three of the series by giving-up just a run in each game. Texas notched its only win by a 14-1 margin on Saturday.
While TCU is making its first CWS appearance, Texas has the most trips to Omaha of any other program with 33.
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Texas: (#2 National Seed) A year after finishing as the runner-up at Omaha not much has changed for Augie Garrido’s Longhorns. There was no signature 25-inning Regional game this year, but Texas still swept through the Austin Regional with wins over Rider, Louisiana-Lafayette and Rice by outscoring those three 19-3. That 3-0 stretch followed three losses at the Big 12 Tournament, which was the team’s only 3-game losing streak this year.
The Longhorns lead the nation in both ERA (2.44) and fielding percentage (.980). Closer Chance Ruffin leads the nation with a 0.73 ERA. He has 14 saves and a 6-1 record in 36 appearances. Taylor Jungmann (7-3, 2.10), Cole Green (11-1, 2.63) and Brandon Workman (12-1, 3.43) are nearly unrivaled as a weekend rotation, but the rotation they’ll see this weekend will give them a run for their money.
Texas is batting just .289 heading into the weekend, but Russell Moldenhauer’s .341 average leads six regulars who are hitting .305 or better. The home run total (79) is up from a year ago, but small ball is still in play. Texas ranks 4th in the nation with 72 sac bunts, with Brandon Loy’s 16 sac bunts tied for 6th nationally. The Longhorns set an NCAA single game record with seven sac bunts in a Super Regional game vs. TCU last year.
TCU: TCU has hosted Regionals the last two years going a combined 6-0 in the process. This is the second straight and overall Super Regional appearance for Jim Schlossnagle and the Horned Frogs. TCU was in the conversation for one of the top eight national seeds, but finds itself at #2 national seed Texas for Super Regional play for a second straight year.
While pitching is the biggest strength of the Longhorns, TCU’s staff gives them a run for their money. Starters Matt Purke (Louisville Slugger National Freshman of the Year), Kyle Winkler and Steven Maxwell are a combined 35-2 with 293 strikeouts and just 88 walks. Meanwhile, Kaleb Merck (2-1, 1.08) and Tyler Lockwood (6-2, 2.06) have combined for eight save in 43 relief outings.
Jason Coats leads the TCU offense with a .377 avg. and 65 RBIs, Matt Curry has 17 HR and a team-best 12 SB and catcher Bryan Holaday (podcast above) provides the leadership to go along with his 12 HR.
The Question: Will anyone score any runs?
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