The TCU Horned Frogs (47-16) are going to Omaha for the second time in school history. With a 9th inning rally to save the season, the Frogs become the third Big 12 school to punch their ticket to the 2014 College World Series. It took a heroic effort by the whole team to finish off a game Pepperdine squad, 6-5.
Freshman All-American Tyler Alexander got the start but he struggled early, and was pulled by head coach Jim Schlossnagle, one batter in to the 4th inning. After lasting just 3 innings plus one batter, Jordan Kipper came in and gave the Frogs 4 solid innings of relief, striking out 5 batters and giving up two runs in the process.
TCU's offense was held in check most of the day, but they broke through in the 5th when Kevin Cron launched a homerun (5th) to left to cut the lead to 3-2. Pepperdine answered right back in the bottom of the 5th when Aaron Brown belted his 13th long ball of the year to push the lead back to 4-2 in favor of the Waves.
TCU tied it up in the top of the 6th when Boomer White broke his 0-9 streak in the Super Regionals, with an RBI single to right to cut it to 4-3. Kevin Cron followed that up with a double down the left field line to score Derek Odell and the game was tied 4-4.
Pepperdine took the lead again, this time 5-4 in the bottom of the 8th inning, and TCU looked to be in trouble, but it wasn't to be for Pepperdine. Garrett Crain led off the top of the 9th with a single, followed by a "Baltimore chop" off the bat of Jerrick Suiter, putting runners on 1st and 2nd for Dylan Fitzgerald. After an epic battle, Fitzgerald turned on an inside fastball and drove a double down the right field line that one hopped the fence. Crain scored on the play, tying the game 5-5.
Kyle Bacak followed the Fitzgerald double with a gutsy suicide squeeze, as Suiter raced home with the go ahead run. TCU would take the 6-5 lead into the bottom of the 9th and Riley Ferrell slammed the door shut to give the Frogs the win.
With the victory, TCU heads to Omaha where they'll square off with Big 12 conference mate, Texas Tech, Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. The College World Series in a double elimination format and the Frogs will be on the side of the bracket that features Texas Tech, Virginia and Ole Miss.