TCU beats Florida 9-2, stays alive in CWS semifinals

Geoffrey Craig, Staff Writer
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Bob Haynes Special to the Star-Telegram

The TCU Horned Frogs are still alive after a 9-2 win over third ranked Florida on Friday night. Right-hander Mitchell Traver went to the hill for the Horned Frogs and they needed a good start from the senior if they hoped to keep their championship hopes alive. Traver battled for 3.2 innings but left leading 4-2 due to a high pitch count. TCU had to go to the bullpen early again and Jim Schlossnagle turned to freshman reliever Charles King and King didn't disappoint. King tried his best to duplicate what Sean Wymer had done the night earlier. King's final line was 3.1 innings, one hit, two walks and five strikeouts. King earned his first career win in the game.

TCU got things started in the third ining when Austen Wade doubled home Ryan Merrill to give the Frogs a 1-0 lead. One batter later Wade scored on a ground rule double from Zach Humphreys. After Florida tied things up in the bottom of the inning the Frogs bounced right back with two more courtesy of a Josh Watson two-run triple to centerfield. That would prove to be all the offense TCU would need, although it wouldn't be, behind Charles King. The Frogs busted the game wide open in the sixth behind three walks, a single and a three-run double by Evan Skoug to make the score 8-2. The Frogs added one more in the eighth when Zach Humphreys grounded into a fielder's choice with runners at the corners.

With the win, TCU will play Florida tomorrow night at 7PM again to decide who will move on to the championship series of the CWS. Jared Janczak will take the mound for the Horned Frogs against Alex Faedo for Florida. On the other side of the bracket, LSU and Oregon State will play at 3PM to decide the same fate. TCU and LSU are the home teams tomorrow. It's going to be another crazy day of baseball in Omaha.

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