TCU and North Carolina State are trying to get to the College World Series. The atmosphere Saturday night at Lupton Stadium felt like they were already there.
It was one year ago, almost to the day, that the TCU Horned Frogs survived the longest night in their 120-year baseball history.
Riley Ferrell (1-3) struck out the first two batters in the ninth inning before issuing a five-pitch walk to Ryne Willard. Facing a 1-1 count, Shepard connected and lifted his sixth home run of the season over the center field fence to put the Wolfpack on top 5-4.
The blast over the fence 395 feet away followed a two-out walk issued by TCU’s Riley Ferrell, who failed to close a game for the second time in as many appearances — the first two blown chances in the career of the Horned Frogs’ record holder in saves.
Williams is rated as the top junior-college receiver in the country by 247. The Reiver is originally from Tallahassee, Florida, and can join the Horned Frogs in 2016.
The 6’3” and 285-pound Harris checks in as a 4-star recruit in the class of 2017, per 247Sports’ composite rankings, and the No. 60-ranked overall prospect, the No. 2 offensive guard and the No. 9 prospect in the state of Texas.
Williams picked TCU over finalists Houston, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. Williams narrowed down his list just days before making his final decision.
Andrew Presley led a strong effort from the TCU men's golf team on the second day at the NCAA Championship as the Horned Frogs jumped three spots to eighth place at The Concession Golf Club.
Track & Field
TCU track and field closed out the NCAA West Prelims with five more qualifiers on Saturday in Austin, bringing the total to seven events that the Horned Frogs will be represented in at the NCAA championships.