After April 1, there wasn’t a team hotter in college baseball than the TCU Horned Frogs. TCU had a record of 15-12 at the end of March. Since that time, the Horned Frogs went 23-3 to end the regular season and were 9-1 entering the College World Series.
TCU edged by Big 12 foe Texas Tech in its CWS opening-round game, coming from behind with two runs in the home half of the eighth to pull out a 3-2 win over the Red Raiders.
That sent the Horned Frogs, No. 7 ranked and the second highest-seeded team in the College World Series, to the winners’ bracket, where, as fate would have it, they met up with Virginia, No. 3 in the national rankings and the highest seeded team remaining in the CWS.
Both TCU and Virginia played their hearts out – for 15 innings and almost five hours – but the Cavaliers scored a run in the bottom of the 15th to end the game and walk off with a 3-2 victory.
Two nights later, with the loser facing elimination from the tournament, Ole Miss jumped out in front of the Horned Frogs 3-0. TCU tied the Rebels twice, but was never able to gain control of the game, with Ole Miss scoring unanswered runs in the seventh and ninth innings to put the game away and make the Horned Frogs the third team in the eight-team CWS field to be sent home.
It was a highly disappointing end to what, when you consider the whole body of season’ work, was a highly successful year for TCU baseball, capped by a second-ever trip to Omaha and the College World Series.
A few notables and quotables from TCU 2014 championship run:
- Texas Christian had not lost two consecutive games in two and a half months, but lost two in one week at the College World Series.
- Unfortunately for TCU, first baseman Kevin Cron and left fielder Boomer White combined to go four for seven in the elimination-game loss to Ole Miss, but the rest of the Horned Frogs managed just one hit.
- TCU is one of just 10 programs nationally to reach the College World Series twice in the last three years.
- TCU’s 48 wins in 2014 ties for the second most in program history.
- in Ole Miss’ first two games in the 2014 CWS, the Rebels scored just three runs total on six combined hits. Against TCU pitchers on Thursday night, Ole Miss scored six times on 11 hits in just one game.
- The Horned Frogs’ Boomer White on the Ole Miss bullpen not allowing a hit in the final four innings against TCU:
“When they brought their lefty in and their closer (they) did a great job of pitching down in the zone, throwing pitches or multiple pitches for strikes. It was tough for us to barrel up balls.”
- Teams that score five or more runs in College World Series games at TD Ameritrade Park are 25-0.