Balta homers twice, drives in three
TCU run-rules Texas Tech to advance in winner’s bracket
Frogs score four in the ninth
Game produced the second-largest regular season crowd
Smith pitches career-high six innings
TCU vs Texas Tech - Game 3
TCU vs Stephen F. Austin
TCU vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff
TCU vs UC Irvine - Game 3
TCU topped Florida, 9-2, at the 2017 College World Series on Friday, June 23.
Ranked sixth on the team with 17 appearances out of the bullpen... posted a 2-0 record with 24 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings pitched... team posted a 14-3 record in games he pitched... held opponents scoreless in eight of 17 appearances... allowed just five of 12 inherited runners to score... made his collegiate debut on Feb. 28 against Rice... struck out a career-high six in 2 1/3 innings against Texas A&M (March 4)... put together a string of six straight outings in which he didn't allow an earned starting March 7 against Dallas Baptist through April 1 at Kansas State... string spanned 7 2/3 innings... picked up his first career win on March 25 against Oklahoma State... allowed just an unearned run on two hits in two innings of work... rebounded from a tough stretch that saw him allow 14 runs over 8 1/3 innings with four shutout frames against UT Arlington on May 16... picked up his second win of the season in the contest... tossed two innings against Texas in the Big 12 Tournament on May 27... tossed a scoreless frame against Florida in the College World Series on June 23.
Earned three letters at Taylor High School... drafted in the 40th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2016 MLB Draft... earned honorable mention Perfect Game Rawlings All-American honors as a senior... named first-team All-Region accolades... two-time Perfect Game Underclass All-American... ranked as the 30th top prospect in the draft by Baseball America... earned all-district accolades.
Parents are James and Holley... has a brother, Tyler.
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