Gators Eliminated from CWS; TCU Advances

There were two college world series games in the second bracket played last night, one in the losers round and the other in the winners round. TCU beat Coastal Carolina 6-1 to advance to the winners round. Brian Howard quieted the Carolina bats until the sixth inning when he gave up a run. A walk put the tying run at the plate and brought in Ryan Burnett, who got the last out of the sixth inning and was perfect the last three innings, retiring all the hitters he faced to cinch the win for TCU.

Luken Baker was the big bat for TCU with a 3 for 3 day, tagging a ball over the left field fence to lead off the second to score the first run for the Horned Frogs. TCU would never look back, taking advantage of two Coastal Carolina errors to score three unearned runs. They will wait in the winners bracket for the game between Coastal Carolina and Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders eliminated the Florida Gators with a 3-2 win. Davis Martin quieted their bats to three hits in his seven innings of work. Eric Gutierrez slugged a two run homer in the fourth and the way both pitchers were working it appeared the score would hold up. Texas Tech scored a critical insurance run in the ninth after a throwing error allowed a run to score. Peter Alonso hit a two run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Hayden Howard to close the gap to 3-2. A two out single by Jonathan India could have gotten another rally started but he got greedy attempting to take second base and he was thrown out by left fielder Tyler Neslony to end the game.

TCU and Oklahoma State sit in the winners slot in the two brackets. The winner of the UC Santa Barbara/Arizona game will play Oklahoma State and must beat them twice to advance to the finals. Coastal Carolina and Texas Tech will do battle to see who will match up against TCU.

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