TCU 4, TEXAS A&M 1
Texas A&M has been eliminated from the College World Series following their 4-1 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs.
The Aggies were shut down by and large by starter Brian Howard. The TCU hurler went seven innings, allowed only five hits and one earned run while striking out 12 and walking none. While Howard allowed three doubles, the Ags rarely were able to capitalize against him sans the sixth inning, where they scored their lone run of the game on a sacrifice groundout by Braden Shewmake.
Sean Wymer picked up the slack for Howard, pitching the final two innings, allowing no hits or runs while posting two strikeouts and no walks.
Stephen Kolak, on the other hand, was shellacked by the TCU lineup. Kolak only lasted 2.2 innings, allowing four hits, three earned runs, a home run and two doubles while striking out and walking two. After allowing a sacrifice groundout to Connor Wanhanen in the second inning, Kolak saw everything collapse in the third. Ryan Merrill launched a solo home run to get things started and then catcher Evan Skoug doubled home a run three batters later. Elliott Barzilli singled home the fourth and final run - of the unearned variety - later on in the inning, and that’s all they’d prove to need.
Texas A&M’s hitters went just 5-32 against Howard and Wymer on the afternoon, as the offense simply couldn’t get it going against the Horned Frogs hurlers.
TCU now moves on to face the loser between Louisville and Florida on Thursday. The Cardinals and Gators will tangle later Tuesday night.
FLORIDA 5, LOUISVILLE 1
The Florida Gators have moved one step closer to reaching the finals of the 2017 College World Series after a big 5-1 win over the Louisville Cardinals. Now, don’t let the big run total that Florida put up fool you: This was a clash of two pitching performances.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, it was only a few key slip-ups that made their title hopes that much slimmer.
The Gators’ Brady Singer earned the win in this one, posting some marvelous stats. In 7 innings, the Florida pitcher allowed only 6 hits and 1 earned run all while fanning 9 Cardinal batters.
Regardless of the pitching, the Gators were still out-hit by Louisville tonight. However, the difference-makers were the pair of home runs hit by Deacon Liput and Austin Langworthy. It was Liput’s homer—a 3-run shot—that gave Florida the separation they needed to slip past the Cardinals.
The Gators won’t play again until Friday, where they’ll take on the winner of the TCU-Louisville elimination game. Florida would have to lose twice to miss out on the College World Series finals.
Below, courtesy of Yale Sport Analytics, is an updated chart of title odds, after today’s games:
Big blow to Louisville's title chances. UF now only trails OSU in title odds. pic.twitter.com/SFGgpj6FSQ— Yale Sport Analytics (@YaleSportsGroup) June 21, 2017