TCU Drops Heartbreaker in 15 Innings

Brandon Finnegan

June 18, 2014

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OMAHA, Neb. -- A sacrifice fly by Daniel Pinero drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 15th inning as Virginia defeated TCU, 3-2, Tuesday night at the College World Series.

The 15 innings tied for the longest game in College World Series history, set on three previous occasions and most recently in 1970 between USC and Florida State.

The Horned Frogs (48-17) will face Ole Miss on Thursday at 7 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner of that contest plays Virginia (51-14) on Friday at 7 p.m.

Nate Irving opened the bottom of the 15th with a ground-rule double to left. Pinch runner Thomas Woodruff was then sacrificed to third by Branden Cogswell. With one out, Pinero fouled off two consecutive safety squeeze bunt attempts. Pinero then hit his sacrifice fly to center on a 2-2 pitch to score Woodruff with the game-winning run.

Trey Teakell (6-1), the third of three TCU pitchers, took the loss for the Horned Frogs. Artie Lewicki (8-1) earned the win with two hitless innings of relief. He was the fourth Cavaliers' pitcher.

TCU starter Brandon Finnegan allowed just one earned run over eight innings while striking out five and walking two.

Riley Ferrell, in his second CWS appearance in as many games, tossed one-hit ball over four scoreless innings of relief. He struck out four and walked one.

Kyle Bacak had three of TCU's nine hits. The Horned Frogs had four hits through the opening two innings but could muster just five hits the remainder of the contest. TCU stranded nine runners on the night.

Helping keep Virginia off the board was a spectacular diving catch by Cody Jones in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Two pitches into the bottom of the first, the Horned Frogs found themselves facing a 1-0 deficit. Cogswell doubled to open the inning and tagged on a fly ball to right field. The throw back from the outfield got away and Cogswell was able to score on the miscue.

TCU stormed back to take the lead in the top of the second. Three straight singles to start the frame aided the cause. Garrett Crain opened the inning with a base hit to center and moved to third on a Jerrick Suiter single. Dylan Fitzgerald battled through an eight-pitch at-bat before coming up with an RBI single to left to tie the game. With two outs, an error by the shortstop allowed Suiter to score for a 2-1 lead.

Virginia had flirted with getting the game tied as it had a pair of base runners in each of the third and fourth innings. Finnegan was able to work out of the jam with a ground out and a strikeout to strand the runners on base.

Finnegan would not wiggle off the hook in the fifth inning as another lead-off double from Cogswell turned into the tying run. A sacrifice bunt had Cogswell standing on third and he scored easily on a ground ball to the right side off the bat of Mike Papi.

Brandon Waddell settled down for the Cavaliers and held the Frogs in check after the shaky second inning. Bacak was the lone Frog to get on base against Waddell before he gave way to Virginia closer Nick Howard.

TCU dodged a bullet in the bottom of the eighth after a one-out double from Cogswell. The Frogs looked out of the inning, but an errant throw allowed the hitter to reach. Cogswell took a wide turn around third and was caught in a run down. Backing up a wild throw, Kevin Cron was there to apply the tag before the run was able to cross the plate to keep it a tie game.



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