The game went 15 innings before No. 3 Virginia scored the winning run in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 15th. The 15-inning affair tied the longest game in College World Series history, based on innings played. It took four hours and 51 innings before the outcome was decided. Neither team scored a run between the sixth and the 15 inning and there were few base runners by either team over those nine frames.
By the 15h inning, TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle wondered when either team was going to score.:
“I was looking down the bench at our coaches (wondering) how was either team going to score ( because the wind was blowing strongly in and the large dimensions of TD Ameritrade Park)?” Schlossnagle was quoted by the Associated Press. “Until at least somebody comes out of the bullpen and gets tired enough just to leave one pitch up…”
Schlossnagle on the elimination game matchup with Ole Miss on Thursday:
“We bounce back pretty well. But having the day off certainly helps,” the TCU coach told the Associated Press. “But I’m confident. We’re a resilient bunch, and we just so happened to lose a close game (on Tuesday). We’ll be back ready to play on Thursday.”
Schlossnagle on the low scoring games in this year’s CWS and no home runs being hit in the first eight games:
“I’ve got to be careful here before I say some things about this ballpark that I’ll regret. It’s just a travesty what we’ve done to college baseball…It’s frustrating. I don’t want it to sound like sour grapes, because if we had won the game (vs. Virginia), I’d be saying a lot more. It’s just frustrating what we’ve done to college baseball with the bats and all.”
A few fascinating facts:
- Virginia’s 3-2 win over TCU on Tuesday night was the 44th one-run game in the 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship. That is the most in one postseason. Through Tuesday night, four of the eight CWS games have been decided by a single run.
- Seven of TCU’s eight postseason games this season have been decided by one run. The Horned Frogs are 5-2 in those games.
- Virginia is 15-7 in one-run games this season. Both of the Cavaliers’ CWS wins have been of the walk-off variety.
- Virginia and Vanderbilt are 2-0 in the CWS. College World Series teams that have started 2-0 have won 30 of the last 33 CWS titles.
- TCU has played 21 extra innings so far in the 2014 postseason.
- TCU’s pitching staff lead the Big 12 this season and the Horned Frogs’ pitchers have a combined 1.58 ERA in the NCAA tournament this season. The bullpen has yielded just four earned runs in the last 36 2/3 innings.