With stars like Brandon Finnegan in the starting lineup, the TCU Horned Frogs came into the NCAA Tournament as a top national seed and the most likely of the Lone Star Trio to make the championship series.
In this tournament, it’s been the bullpen coming though largest, particularly the work of Trey Teakell and Riley Ferrell.
But the Horned Frogs are on the brink of elimination following a 3-2 loss in 15 innings to Virginia on Tuesday.
TCU has given its fans their money’s worth this postseason. In addition to the thrilling 15-inning game, the Horned Frogs beat Sam Houston State 3-2 in 22 innings in the Fort Worth Regional.
Though Teakell got the loss, he held back Virginia for almost three innings. He pitched 2 2/3 innings allowing just one hit and striking out two while Ferrell allowed one hit and struck out four in four innings of work.
In TCU’s CWS opening win against Tech, Ferrell got the win after striking out two and allowing three hits in 1 2/3 innings. He was also the winning pitcher in TCU’s Game 3 Super Regional win over Pepperdine.
Teakell also had a part in the Sam Houston State win, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing one hit while striking out three.
The Horned Frogs look to stay alive when they take on the Ole Miss Rebels in Game 10 of the CWS on Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The winner of that game will get another shot at Virginia while the loser will be eliminated from the CWS.
Raiders offense in the Red
Texas Tech’s best ever season ended on Tuesday when the Red Raiders lost to the Ole Miss Rebels 2-1, ending their season and first-ever CWS appearance.
Tech had some good pitching and came up with key defensive plays. But to make a run in Omaha, a good offense was needed and that’s the one aspect that failed Tech during the NCAA Tournament.
The Red Raiders scored 16 runs in eight NCAA Tournament games, were held to one run three times and didn’t put up more than four runs in any single game.
Tech had 15 hits and stranded 14 runners in two CWS games, both were one-run losses.
Senior Adam Kirch ended the season with a .307 batting average plus 51 RBIs. Sophomore Eric Gutierrez hit .302 and had 58 RBIs. Unfortunately, those are the only two players that hit higher than .300.
Tech opened the CWS with a 3-2 loss to Big 12 rival TCU. They got to the CWS by beating the College of Charleston twice in the Super Regionals by a score of 1-0 and opened the NCAA Tournament with a 3-2 win over Columbia in the Coral Gables Regional.
The Red Raiders depended on their pitching staff to keep them in games, but couldn’t muster enough offense to win in the CWS.
The Red Raider pitching staff allowed just two earned runs on 13 hits at the CWS. Tech’s staff had thrown 64 scoreless innings in the NCAA Tournament.
Tech looks for its second CWS berth in 2015. The Red Raiders graduate five seniors, but bring in the 27th ranked recruiting class according to College Baseball Newspaper.