It was a pitcher’s duel through seven innings in Omaha between Texas Tech and TCU, but two lead changes in the 8th finally ended with the Horned Frogs taking down the Red Raiders 3-2 in the Omaha opener for both teams.
TCU led 1-0 for most of the game before Tech went ahead 2-1 on a dramatic two-run triple from Tyler Neslony that had every Red Raider celebrating the smell of victory.
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ThenTCU came roaring back with a two-run 8th of their own to make thefinal 3-2 with the Frogs advancing to face the winner of Virginia and Ole Miss. Tech gets the loser in a do-or-die game at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Chris Sadberry went seven innings giving up only one run and striking out five before being replaced by Jonny Drozd, who was only responsible for one of TCU’s late runs. TCU’s Preston Morris pitched a shutout through seven and a third, striking out 10 and getting the win to advance TCU in the winner’s bracket at Omaha.
Other notable performances include Tech’s Adam Kirsch, who went 2-4, and TCU’s Cody Jones who went 2 -4 and scored both of TCU’s go-ahead runs. Tech out-hit TCU 8-6 but once again struggled to plate runs and ended up stranding eight base-runners.
If Texas Tech and TCU can make it past Virginia and Ole Miss on Tuesday, they could end up facing each other again on Friday in a winner-take-all semifinal showdown, but Tech will have to win two games to earn that chance.