Two words. Luken. Baker.
For the second time this postseason the freshman hit a three-run bomb to get a win for the Horned Frogs. This time it was to defeat Texas Tech 5-3 in the top of the ninth inning in each team's College World Series opener.
Texas Tech took a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning after a very close contest. The Red Raiders scored on Hunter Hargrove's RBI double down the left field line after the Horned Frogs decided to pitch around Eric Gutierrez.
That set up Tech with only three outs away from the win. Robert Dugger came on the mound to close things out for Tech, but allowed a leadoff walk and a single from Evan Skoug. That set up Luken Baker for the heroic hit of the game.
There was a very thin margin of error as both teams were able to capitalize on mistakes to result in a 2-2 game until the end.
Texas Tech got on the board first after scoring on a mistake by TCU. Cory Raley came up with a clutch RBI double in the fourth inning to move Tanner Gardner over to third. He continued to haul home and scored on a throwing error made by the Horned Frogs.
TCU bounced back and tied up the game the next inning as Cam Warner hit a solo shot off Texas Tech starter Steven Gingery. Texas Tech was forced to go to the bullpen and bring in Hayden Howard earlier than expected.
Howard got out of the inning without any more damage, and that’s when Gardner hit an RBI-double to retie the game up at 2. He kept putting up zeros throughout his three and a third innings pitched and only allowed three hits and walk.
TCU’s starter Jared Janczak struck out eight batters in his four and two thirds innings and his bullpen continued to strike them out. Trieglaff who pitched the next three only allowed one run on two hits and fanned five. Durbin Feltman came in for the last three outs and struck out two more to get the save for his teammate since childhood Luken Baker.
Texas Tech will go on to play Florida, who also lost Sunday, in an elimination game 4 p.m. (CT) Tuesday.