Florida Falls To TCU Horned Frogs 9-2, Sets Up Rematch Saturday With Winner Advancing To Title Game
By Daniel Apple, Florida Gators // June 24, 2017
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OMAHA, NEBRASKA (Florida Gators) – TCU used a four-run sixth inning to overtake Florida 9-2 on Friday night in Omaha at the College World Series.
TCU (50-17) took an early 2-0 lead in the third inning but Florida (49-19) tied it immediately with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Horned Frogs retook the lead in the fourth and never relinquished it.
Jackson Kowar retired the first eight batters of the game, striking out seven of them, before allowing three straight hits that gave TCU a 2-0 lead in the third inning.
Florida answered right away, getting a run back on a solo shot by Mike Rivera over the bullpen in left field.
Nick Horvath and Ryan Larson drew consecutive walks to keep the rally going and Dalton Guthrie tied the game with a double into the left field corner.
Guthrie’s double was the ninth hit of his College World Series career, tying Mike Zunino and Preston Tucker for the most career CWS hits.
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TCU struck again in the fourth inning and took a 4-2 lead on Josh Watson’s two-run triple to center field.
Kowar exited after the fifth inning, finishing with four runs allowed on six hits and 11 strikeouts, a new career high.
Florida became the third team in the last 30 years to have three different pitchers with nine or more strikeouts in a CWS game (Faedo had 11 on Sunday, Singer had 9 on Tuesday).
TCU blew the game open in the sixth inning, taking advantage of three walks and a bases-clearing double from Evan Skoug to make it 8-2.
The Horned Frogs added a late run in the eighth inning for the final margin.
Frank Rubio pitched the final 3.2 innings with two runs allowed on three hits.
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