You just kind of knew that Texas A&M was going to come out swinging after getting trounced by the Frogs last night. On the second swing of the night J.B. Moss put one off the scoreboard in left field. It was just one run, but it opened up the floodgates. Mitchell Traver got a groundout and a strikeout after the homer, but let up two straight singles and an error by Barzilli on a ground ball allowed TAMU to make it 2-0. Then another single brought the Aggie lead to 3-0 before the top of the first was over.
The Frogs couldn't get anything going on offense all night against Kyle Simonds. Through the end of the first six innings, TCU had just one base runner past second base, and never seriously threatened to score. After the first, Traver settled into his longest outing of the season, throwing 89 pitches over 5 2/3 innings. He held TAMU scoreless through the middle innings, but surrendered another home run and a couple of doubles in the sixth to make it 5-0 Texas A&M.
Guillory came on to finish off the last out of the top of the sixth for TCU and Sean Wymer pitched a scoreless seventh, but surrendered the third and fourth home runs of the game to the Aggies to make it 7-0 TAMU in the eighth. Any time that you let an opposing team hit four home runs, things have gotten way away from the gameplan. That definitely happened tonight. The story of the game though was the pitching performance by Simonds. He had the Frogs off balance all night, throwing 7 2/3 innings and giving up just one run on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks.
Texas A&M showed no mercy as they managed to get the barrel on the ball again and again. TCU finally got on the board in the eighth inning when they put together a two-out rally that resulted in just one run, and ended with Luken baker grounding out with runners at the corners. The Aggies put together six extra base hits tonight, after being held to just two on Friday.
Drew Gooch came on to pitch the ninth for TCU, allowing a couple of baserunners but ultimately holding the Aggies to a 7-1 lead. The game just got out of hand, and TCU was never really in it. The loss tonight sets up a winner take all rubber match on Sunday between these two teams. The Horned Frogs will go with Brian Howard on the mound, hoping that he can replicate one of the deep and effective performances that he has consistently delivered this postseason. For now, #ToadToOmaha stays alive for at least one more day. If Howard and the Frog's bats can find success tomorrow, then this whole thing starts fresh in Omaha next week.