Horned Frogs eliminate Louisville, remain alive

Geoff Craig, Staff Writer
Purple Menace

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

TCU scored four two out runs in the second inning and needed a stellar performance from Sean Wymer to hold on to a 4-3 victory and eliminate the Louisville Cardinals on Friday night.

The #6 seed Horned Frogs went with freshman lefty Nick Lodolo in their elimination game against the #7 seed Louisville on Thursday evening. The Frogs gave Lodolo a 4-0 lead to work with after scoring four runs in the bottom of the second inning, which featured an NCAA record-tying four stolen bases, two by Elliott Barzilli and a double steal from Josh Watson and Connor Wanhanen.

Louisville battled back, scoring a run on a double in the third and getting lead-off home runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. After the lead-off homer in the fifth, Jim Schlossnagle went to the bullpen and brought out freshman Cal Coughlin with TCU still leading 4-3. Coughlin gave up a double and a walk around the two batters he retired. With Louisville's best player and 4th overall MLB Draft pick Brendan McKay coming up with two on and two out Sclossnagle went to his best bullpen arm, Sean Wymer. Wymer came in an struck out the future Tampa Bay Ray on three pitches to preserve the lead for the Frogs.

Wymer continued to roll for the next four innings, giving up just two hits in 4.1 innings of work to earn his sixth win of the season and keep the Horned Frogs CWS title run alive. The Frogs will face Florida tonight at 7 PM with senior Mitchell Traver on the hill with the Frogs once again trying to stave off elimination. The game will be televised on ESPN.

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