Frogs eliminate Aggies again

Billy Wessels, Publisher
Purple Menace
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For the third straight season, TCU has knocked out Texas A&M in the NCAA baseball tournament.

TCU won in Fort Worth in 2015, in College State in 2016 and now Omaha in 2017 as the Frogs topped the Aggies 4-1 at the College World Series.

Senior starting pitcher Brian Howard had one of the best games of his career as he tied his best performance for strike outs with 12 and allowed just one run in seven innings of work to lead the Frogs.

After “Big Game Howie’s” day was done, TCU used Sean Wymer to get the final six outs and keep the Frogs’ season alive.

TCU took the lead in the bottom of the second when Nolan Brown led off with a double to left field. A pair of ground outs got him home as Connor Wanhanen lined a grounder up the middle for a run.

Small ball got the Frogs on the board, but the long ball came into play in the third inning. Omaha-native Ryan Merrill led off the third frame with a deep home run to right field.

Two batters later, Zach Humphreys was hit by a pitch and came around to score as Evan Skoug doubled to right-center field. An Aggie error on a grounder by Brown extended the inning so Elliott Barzilli singled to right to plate Skoug and make it 4-0 TCU.

The Aggies got to Howard in the sixth inning for two of the five hits he allowed, but that was it as they mustered just one more hit the rest of the game and Wymer retired all six batters he faced.

TCU survives and will face the loser of tonight’s Louisville and Florida game in another elimination game at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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