How hacked off does A&M have to be right now? This is the third straight year that the Purple Gang has eliminated the Maroons in the post-season. The previous two came in the Super Regionals. So the Aggies join Cal State Fullerton in going home after two games. Instead of two-and-a-que, it’s two-and-a-zoo, since I’m sure Henry Doorley Zoo was their destination for one of the days they weren’t playing.
Anyway, in the nightcap, the home run ball came back to the Florida arsenal as the Gators supplanted two Kade McClure pitches into touch-em-all land, one by Austin Langworthy off the left field fair pole and one by Deacon Liput into the right field bullpen. Those two dingers, and the pitching of Brady Singer, helped the Gators pull out a 5-1 win over the Cardinals, pushing them within one win of the title series.
But before we get to the images, one more little tidbit… did you know that last year’s championship series between Arizona and Coastal Carolina featured two teams who both battled their way out of the loser’s bracket and beat 2-0 Oklahoma State and 2-0 TCU?
You’ve been warned Beavers and Gators.
And in case you’re wondering, here is how the statistics of the College World Series work out after four days and eight games (thanks to Creighton SID Rob Anderson)…
- Teams are hitting .230 collectively.
- There have been 70 runs scored, 116 hits, 21 doubles, 0 triples and 10 home runs.
- Pitchers have a collective 4.08 ERA.
- Teams are defending at a rather low .969 fielding percentage.
In fact, here is how this year’s numbers compare with the last 11 years of the College World Series…
Now, here is how things looked through the camera lens at TD Ameritrade Park tonight.
Texas A&M – 1
TCU – 4
I dig the reflection of the stadium and its surroundings in the specs of this TCU player during the pregame.
Brothers in arms. Wanna get the ESPN cameras interested in you? Walk arm-in-arm with your fellow teammates and the camera will magically find you, I promise.
The Horned Frogs were eager to get this party started, considering the amount of success they have had vs. Texas A&M when the post-season has been on the line.
No matter how Brian Howard released the ball today it seemed to work wonders for him.
From the looks of things I’m pretty sure Texas A&M’s Cason Sherrod is some kind of futuristic cyborg bent on the destruction of his opponents. Unfortunately the half-human/half-computer did not get into the game today.
A poster unfurled for about 10 seconds during the TCU-Texas A&M game… Look people, it’s 2017. This is America. Do we really have experimenting on dogs?
For the second day in a row I was able to get behind home plate and snap a picture right before TCU began their warm-up tosses between innings.
Ryan Merrill put the Aggies in peril after his solo home run started up what would be a three-run third inning for the Frogs.
Despite coming into the game with a .272 average, Evan Skoug kept his hot bat going, slamming a stand-up double and adding some decorative horns to his head.
Caught this moment when it was starting to dawn on the Aggies that their season, once again, was about to be ended by TCU.
Florida – 5
Louisville – 1
The story of the night was Florida starter Brady Singer throwing a very sound and crisp 7.0 innings of one-run, six-hit ball with nine Ks. He improved to 8-5 with the win tonight.
Austin Langworthy’s third inning solo shot off the left field fair pole got the ball rolling for the Gators. See, even the umpire agrees.
I made the comment on Twitter (@Stitch_Head) that I am very confident that this was the first home run in College World Series history a guy with the first name of “Deacon” had hit a home run in the CWS. His three-run tater made this game a boat race.
Back-lit by the sun, this is a pretty good pic of ESPN’s Laura Rutledge. Back in April I saw her at the Oklahoma State-TCU series and I asked her, “Now that Kaylee Hartung has moved on to CNN, does that mean you are going to get the assignment to work the College World Series?” She said, “I don’t know, but I hope
Now look, here she is on Omaha. Congrats Laura, hope you enjoy it.
UofL hurler Kade McClure did his part tonight, giving up four runs (all earned) on three hits in six innings of work.
Okay Dork, you interrupted our game by jumping down onto the field and now you’re being led away to a night in a cell with a cross-dressing former collegiate wrestler named Mongo, who is going to beat you up in your cell. Was it really worth jumping down onto the field tonight? His smile says “yes.”
Home plate umpire Troy Fullwood is the only ump in College World Series history that I have known that has actually lost count of the count. He had to go to the replay booth to make sure it was correct. Dude, you had ONE JOB.
That’s right. Never forget that Creighton University is your host here in Omaha. The eyes of the Jays are upon you.
The Gators roll on.
Florida players have the comfort of knowing after the win over Louisville that they are 2-0 in Omaha and just one win away from the title series.