Strong pitching helps TCU eliminate LSU
Teakell retires all 13 batters he faces as Horned Frogs keep their season alive.
OMAHA — Trey Teakell pitched 41⁄3 innings of no-hit relief, Dane Steinhagen drove in three runs and Texas Christian defeated Louisiana State, 8-4, in a College World Series elimination game Thursday night.
The Horned Frogs (51-14), who beat the No. 2 national seed for the second time in five days, will play Vanderbilt on Friday night. TCU would have to beat the defending national champion Commodores twice to advance to next week’s best-ofthree finals.
Teakell (3-1) took over for starter Mitchell Traver with one out in the fourth and the game tied at 3. The fifth-year senior retired all 13 batters he faced. Preston Guillory worked the final 11⁄3 innings.
TCU broke the 3-3 tie in the fifth. Evan Skoug doubled in the go-ahead run and Steinhagen singled in two more. The Frogs added a couple of insurance runs in the seventh on a groundout and Steinhagen’s RBI single.
The Tigers (54-12) were coming off a 5-3 win over Cal State Fullerton in which Alex Lange pitched a complete game. With no true No. 3 starter for LSU’s third game in Omaha, Coach Paul Mainieri decided to pitch by committee and used a CWS record-tying eight. Austin Bain (2-3), the third pitcher for the Tigers, took the loss.
TCU will be playing its second game against Vanderbilt in four days. The Commodores won the first meeting, 1-0.