Two freshmen will take the mound for their respective ways teams this afternoon, as RS freshman Jared Janczak of TCU and true freshman Steven Gingery of Tech face off in the opening game of the College World Series for both teams. While the two players on the mound will play a significant role for both teams, of course, this one may come down to the offense or defense - which team can play mistake free ball on the field and which players can get the big hit at the right time?
For Texas Tech, the ever dangerous Eric Gutierrez anchors the lineup and presents a dangerous threat at the plate. He is backed up by the big bats surrounding him - namely Tyler Neslony, Cory Raley, and Stephen Smith - the later latter two joining Gute as players with experience in Omaha.
On the other side of the field, TCU will look to the known quantity - true freshman Luken Baker who has a plethora of power and patience - as well as the veterans in the lineup, such as Elliott Barzilli, Dane Steinhagen, and Evan Skoug. Additionally, the Frogs will need a big game defensively from SS Ryan Merrill and second baseman Cam Warner, two guys who have shown flashes of greatness but also been prone to mistakes up the middle.
If TCU can play mistake-free baseball, work the count, and get deep into the Red Raider pen - which is how they got the one win in Fort Worth earlier this season - they have a chance to start the Series with a win. If not? It will be Texas Tech celebrating victory over TCU for the third time this season.
If there is one thing we know about this team, it's that with more on their mind than just baseball, the Frogs will give their very best effort. And, in Omaha, as they say - "it's the heart that matters more".
Go Frogs. NEGU. Let's play ball.