Horned Frogs book an­other trip to CWS

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Evan Sk­oug home­red for the sec­ond straight day, Brian Howard ex­tended an im­pres­sive post­sea­son pitch­ing streak and Texas Chris­tian ad­vanced to its fourth con­sec­u­tive Col­lege World Se­ries with an 8-1 su­per re­gional vic­tory over Mis­souri State on Sun­day night at Fort Worth.

Sk­oug’s two-run homer gave the Horned Frogs (4716) a 4-1 lead in the third in­ning af­ter his two-run shot in the eighth of the opener erased a one-run deficit and sent TCU on the way to its first su­per re­gional sweep.

Howard (11-3) won his fifth con­sec­u­tive NCAA tour­na­ment start go­ing back to last sea­son, strik­ing out 11 in 71⁄3 in­nings.

TCU, the No. 6 na­tional seed, is look­ing for its first cham­pi­onship.

Hunter Stein­metz hit a lead­off homer for the Bears (43-20).

Mis­souri State starter Doug Still (8-3) gave up eight hits and four runs in five in­nings.

Elliott Barzilli hit a three­run homer in the ninth af­ter putting the Horned Frogs ahead for good at 2-1 with an RBI dou­ble in the sec­ond.

A ju­nior who is el­i­gi­ble for the ma­jor league am­a­teur draft, Sk­oug moved into fourth on TCU’s sin­gle-sea­son list with his 20th homer and fourth in five post­sea­son games this sea­son.

Sk­oug, who walked to force home an­other run in the sixth, is tied for fourth on TCU’s ca­reer list with 36 homers.

at Flor­ida State 19, Sam Hous­ton State 0: Tay­lor Walls had two home runs and three Semi­noles pitch­ers teamed for a four-hit­ter as Flor­ida State earned a berth in the CWS for the first time since 2012 with a twogame sweep.

Walls, a ju­nior short­stop, reached base in all seven of his plate ap­pear­ances. He was three for three, drove in four runs and scored five runs. His homer to left on the third pitch of the game off Bear­kats starter Heath Don­ica was part of a four­run first. Wells also led off the third with a solo shot.

The Semi­noles (45-21), who had 13 hits among 10 play­ers, had four home runs. Quincy Nieporte, who also drove in four runs, had a three-run homer to left in the sec­ond and pinch-hit­ter Kyle Ca­vanaugh home­red to lead off the eighth.

Don­ica (9-3) al­lowed a ca­reer-high eight runs in two in­nings. The se­nior righthander, the first of seven Bear­kats pitch­ers, al­lowed five hits. He struck out three, walked three and hit three bat­ters.

Drew Par­rish (6-3), who started for Flor­ida State, had nine strike­outs in five in­nings. Sam Hous­ton State, which made the su­per re­gional for the first time, ends the year 44-23.

The game orig­i­nally was set to be­gin at noon but was de­layed three times by in­clement weather. First pitch fi­nally took place at 7:30 p.m.

Mis­sis­sippi State at Louisiana State: The Tigers led the Bull­dogs 9-4 in the top of the ninth in­ning at The Times’ press dead­line. The game was in­ter­rupted by rain. LSU won the first game of the se­ries.

Wake For­est at Flor­ida sus­pended: The sec­ond game of the best-of-three su­per re­gional was post­poned un­til Mon­day be­cause of rain, with the De­mon Dea­cons lead­ing 5-4 in the bot­tom of the fifth in­ning. The Ga­tors won the se­ries opener in ex­tra in­nings Sat­ur­day night af­ter a nearly four-hour rain de­lay.

If nec­es­sary, a de­cid­ing game would be played 55 min­utes af­ter the con­clu­sion of Game 2.

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