Elliott Barzilli singled home Evan Williams in the 10th inning to cap a comeback from a seven-run deficit and give TCU a 9-8 win over North Carolina State on Monday night in the NCAA Fort Worth Regional.
Wearied, it seemed, by their uphill journey through the tournament’s losers bracket, the TCU Horned Frogs appeared ready to go quietly into the night Monday.
Evan Williams ripped a lead-off single past a diving third baseman to open up the bottom of the 10th. An errant pick-off throw moved him to second with nobody out. Cody Jones walked and Jeremie Fagnan dropped down a sacrifice bunt to put the winning run on third base. Barzilli ripped the first pitch he saw past the drawn-in infield to send Lupton Stadium into a frenzy.
It’ll be an all-Texas super showdown — TCU vs. A&M — this weekend in Fort Worth, thanks to a remarkable late-night rally by the Horned Frogs on Monday.
The defending Big 12 champion Horned Frogs return 15 starters, including 10 on offense, from last season's squad that posted a 12-1 record and finished third in season-ending polls by the Associated Press and USA Today.
The Horned Frogs and Bears, who shared the league championship a year ago, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at Amon Carter Stadium in a game televised by ESPN. Last season in Waco, Baylor’s last-second field goal won a wild 61-58 game on Oct. 11.
The Horned Frogs carded an 11-over 299 on their final trip through the course, missing the match play portion of the NCAA Championship by seven strokes. TCU began the day in 10th and came as close as four strokes from the cutline before play was halted on the back nine due to lightning. TCU, which entered the tournament as the No. 23 seed, earned its fourth top-10 finish in program history at the NCAA Championship and the first since 2009.
The domestic violence charges against University of Louisville junior-college football transfer and former TCU star DeVonte' Fields will be dismissed this month upon his completion of anger-management courses, according to ESPN.com.