Horned Frogs book another trip to CWS
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.