UT takes series 2-1 against TCU and advances to the 2009 College World Series
The Ellis County Press
When Texas Christian University traveled to Austin to face the No. 1 ranked Texas Longhorns, they knew they were two wins away from Omaha.
After dropping the first game Friday night, 10-4, TCU was in the same spot, two wins away from a trip northbound.
The Frogs were able to pull out a 3-2 win Saturday afternoon to force a third game Monday.
With the crowd predominantly burnt orange with distinct sections of TCU purple scattered in between, the two teams faced each other for the third time in as many days at 6 p.m. Monday evening.
With two outs in the first inning, Matt Carpenter reached first base on a 3-2 count walk, but Matt Vern struck swinging and TCU was shut down for the inning.In the bottom half of the inning, Texas was able to get their lead-off batter, Michael Torres, on and Head Coach Augie Morales pulled out his “ace in the hole” maneuver by sacrifice bunting Torres to second base.
Brandon Belt brought him home with a triple to straight away center field to give Texas a 1-0 lead.
Their lead increased to 2-0 with a ground out by Russell Moldenhauer that scored Belt.
Right fielder Kevin Keyes then slammed a ball over the left field fence to increase the Longhorns’ lead to 3-0.TCU had a too quick second inning with three up and three down.
The Longhorns would fair no better stranding a runner on first base in the bottom half.Neither side would be productive in the third inning, and TCU starter Tyler Lockwood would be replaced by Eric Marshall in the bottom of the fourth.
Texas’ Cameron Rupp would make it 4-0 Longhorns with a double to left field that scored Keyes from third base.
The next batter to the plate, Connor Rowe would make it 5-0 with a RBI single straight up the middle.
Marshall would make it through the fourth inning before being replaced by Taylor Cragin to start the bottom of the fifth.
Both teams would put zeros up on the scoreboard in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings before TCU tried for a late inning rally. Highland Park’s Hunt Woodruff was sent into pinch hit for Red Oak’s Matt Curry.
Woodruff rolled a well hit double off of his bat.His lead-off rally hit was followed by a single that snuck past the second baseman to allow Woodruff to reach third base.Woodruff would then score TCU’s first run of the game to make the score 5-1.
With the crowd on its feet in the top of the ninth inning, Bryan Holaday was able to single in Matt Vern to increase TCU’s score to 5-2.
Unfortunately, the rally fell short of its intention and TCU valiantly watched as the Longhorns celebrated their upcoming trip to Omaha for the 2009 College World Series.
TCU Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle has said all season long how much leadership has been shown by his seniors on the team.
The Super Regional series with Texas was no different.
The underclassmen of the TCU baseball squad were quick to recognize the talent, experience, and intelligence of players like third baseman Matt Carpenter, second baseman Ben Carruthers, first baseman Matt Vern, right fielder Chris Ellington and catcher Hunt Woodruff, among others.
“They [the seniors] are our program.It’s going to be really hard for me to wake up tomorrow morning and try to run our program without Matt Carpenter and Matt Vern, Carruthers, Steglich, Ellin-gton, Woodruff and all those guys.
“They’ve meant so much to us. They make me a better person just seeing them everyday,” sentimented Coach Schlossnagle.
“It was a great season for us.It’s really hard to get here and I expect us to be back,” said TCU Head Coach Jim Schl-ossnagle in a post-game press conference.