Alex Faedo is the Frog-killer, as once again he mystified the TCU bats, silencing an offense that had exploded for nine runs just 24 hours ago. Though he wasn’t nearly as sharp as Sunday night, he was just as effective, limiting the Frogs to three hits and striking out 11 in 7.1 shutout frames.
TCU’s Jared Janczak started strong, retiring the first three batters he faced with ease, including a pair of strikeouts. But the Gators are like an itch you can’t scratch, hanging around and driving you nuts until they finally get you screaming. The Gators got on the board in the second, as they went double-single-fielder’s choice to take the early lead. The singular run was all they would need, as TCU scratched across just four hits and went down in order seven times to go along with 14 total Ks. The Gators would add singular runs in both the fifth and seventh innings off of JJ before Schloss and Saarloos turned the game over to Durbin Feltman. In his first appearance in Omaha this tead, he threw two perfect frames and struck out five of the six battwrs he faced.
TCU now faces a new world, one without stalwarts Brian howard, Mitchell Traver, Elliott Barzilli, Ryan Merrill, Cam Warner, and Nolan Brown. They also will likely lose Evan Skoug and Austen Wade to pro contracts, meaning at least six new starters next spring. They also graduated Mason Hesse, a great dugout guy and teammate, and Evan Williams, a reliable sub.
We will have much more in the coming days, but for bow, congrats to TCU on a 50 win season and a fourth straight trip to Omaha. Forever, Go Frogs!