TCU walked-off with a thrilling 5-4, 16-inning victory over Texas A&M to advance to its second straight College World Series Monday night in front of 7,294 fans.
With two outs in the 16th inning, Texas A&M mishandled a grounder to third base and TCU’s Garrett Crain took advantage, scoring from second base and lifting the Horned Frogs to a 5-4 win over the Aggies to clinch a berth in the College World Series.
The deciding game between TCU and Texas A&M was never going to neat or easy or predictable.
With TCU’s offense struggling in the second inning Monday against Texas A&M, Derek Odell worked the count to full and drew a walk with two outs. Then he got picked off, stranding himself off the bag before getting tagged out on a dive. He stood up and was visibly frustrated.
TCU's Garrett Crain rounded third, and slid in to home ahead of a frantic throw by Texas A&M's Ronnie Gideon to give the Horned Frogs a dramatic 5-4 win in the 16th inning of Monday night's Super Regional final at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth.
TCU let go of a 4-2 lead over Texas A&M in the top of the ninth, forcing extra innings. The game would go until the bottom of the 16th, where Garrett Crain would score on a throwing error to win the game.
A 16-inning marathon of a game finally yielded a victor early Tuesday as TCU scored a 5-4 walkoff win over Texas A&M to claim the final spot in the College World Series.
The Tigers drafted Texas Christian University left-handed pitcher Tyler Alexander (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) with the 65th overall pick in the second round. Alexander was a bit of a surprise pick, considering he was ranked No. 327 by Baseball America.
Young was 9-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 16 appearances for the Horned Frogs, and he saved one of his best performances for draft day. Young gave up one run and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against Texas A&M in the final game of an NCAA Super Regional at home in Fort Worth, Texas.
Perhaps we shouldn't have expected Texas A&M's season to end any other way. This was, after all, the team that won more games to start the season than any other baseball team in SEC history -- and then ended up failing to win its division, much less the conference. It was a team that was almost assured of a national seed in the College World Series -- until it wasn't. And this was a team that was going to host a super regional anyway, once N.C. State beat TCU, something that seemed assured until an almost unbelievable series of events in the final game of the Fort Worth Regional allowed TCU to win and host.
Baylor, SMU and Texas A&M have been dominating recruiting headlines over the last 48 hours. But TCU made some waves of its own on Monday night as it pulled in a commitment from Zachary (La.) offensive lineman Kellton Hollins.