TCU Cruises to Third Straight Super Regional

June 5, 2016

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FORT WORTH -- Brian Howard retired the final 17 batters he faced and TCU cruised to an 8-1 win over Arizona State in the NCAA Fort Worth Regional championship game on Sunday night at Lupton Stadium.

The Horned Frogs scored three runs in the second inning to jump ahead, broke the game open with four in the eighth inning while Howard tossed 8.0 innings of one-run baseball, advancing the Horned Frogs to their sixth NCAA Super Regional in the last eight seasons.

The Rundown
Josh Watson drew a leadoff walk in the second inning for TCU (45-15) and moved to third base on Dane Steinhagen's bloop double down the right field line. He then came home on Austen Wade's sacrifice fly.

Regional MVP Cam Warner then hit TCU's second bloop double of the inning as he placed a ball between the ASU second baseman and right fielder to score Steinahgen and give the Frogs a 2-0 lead.

Evan Skoug then hit a chopper over Eder Erives' head on the pound and beat it out for an infield single to score Connor Wanhanen who had walked earlier in the inning.

Howard allowed a run to cross in the third inning on David Greer's RBI single, but that was the final hit the junior would allow on the night as he retired 17 straight batters before being lifted after the eighth inning.

In all, Howard (8-2) tossed 8.0 innings, allowed one run on four hits and struck out a career-high-tying nine batters with no walks.

Arizona State (36-23) starter Eder Erives (6-2) was charged with the loss after going 7.0 innings, allowing seven hits and four runs, the last one coming on an RBI double from Josh Watson in the seventh inning

TCU added insurance in the eighth inning with four runs as the Horned Frogs sent 10 batters to the plate against the ASU bullpen. The big blow was Warner's two-run home run, which came on the heels of an RBI single from Wade and ahead of an RBI single from Elliott Barzilli.

Brian Trieglaff tossed a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game for TCU.

Warner finished the night 2-for-6 with three RBI and the two extra base hits. He finished the regional 5-for-16 with six RBI in his MVP effort.

Stats of the Game
4 -- TCU's 3-0 weekend gave the Horned Frogs the fourth NCAA Regional sweep in program history (2009, 2010, 2014), with all four coming at Lupton Stadium.

5 -- TCU had five straight two-out hits in its four-run eighth inning.

Next Up
TCU wins the NCAA Fort Worth Regional and moves to an NCAA Super Regional for the third straight year. The Frogs will face the winner of the College Station Regional.

If Texas A&M wins that regional, the super regional will also be played in College Station. If any other team wins the College Station Regional, next weekend's super regional will be in Fort Worth at Lupton Stadium.

TCU's Notes
• TCU is 28-18 all-time in NCAA Regional play and 41-31 in all NCAA postseason games.
• TCU is 21-5 at Lupton Stadium in NCAA postseason play, including 17-3 in NCAA Regional play.
• TCU scored first for the 32nd time this season.
• TCU has scored two or more runs in an inning 105 times this season.
• TCU has scored four or more runs in an inning 38 times this season.
• TCU has homered in 37 games this season.
• TCU posted 10-plus hits for the 33rd time this season.
Brian Howard tied a career-high with nine strikeouts.
Luken Baker has reached base safely in 32 straight games.
Luken Baker has hit safely in eight straight games.
Luken Baker posted his 24th multiple-hit game this season.
Evan Skoug posted his 16th multiple-hit game this season, the 35th of his career.
Austen Wade has reached base safely in 11 straight games.
Austen Wade drew multiple walks for the 15th time this season.
Austen Wade posted his 19th multiple-hit game of the season.
Cam Warner has hit safely in five straight games.
Cam Warner posted his 21st multiple-hit game.
Cam Warner posted his 10th multiple-RBI game.
Dane Steinhagen posted his 20th multiple-hit game of the season, the 38th of his career.
Josh Watson has reached base safely in six straight games.

NCAA Fort Worth All-Regional Team
MVP -- Cam Warner (TCU)
C -- Brian Serven (ASU)
1B -- Taylor Jones (GON)
2B -- Cam Warner (TCU)
SS -- Ryan Merrill (TCU)
3B -- Elliott Barzilli (TCU)
OF -- Andrew Shaps (ASU)
OF -- Michael Hungate (ORU)
OF -- Austen Wade (TCU)
UT -- Jordan Aboites (ASU)
DH -- Luken Baker (TCU)
P -- Brandon Bailey (GON)
P -- Jordan Aboites (ASU)
P -- Brian Howard (TCU)



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