TCU Stays Alive; Tops Texas A&M 4-1

June 20, 2017

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OMAHA, Neb. -- TCU staved off elimination as it handed Texas A&M a 4-1 loss on Tuesday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park. Omaha-native Ryan Merrill homered in the second inning to help lead the offensive charge, while Brian Howard improved to 3-0 in the 2017 postseason.

The Rundown
Brian Howard (12-3) was masterful four 7+ innings on the mound. His first six outs were recorded via the strikeout en route to tying his career-high with 12 in the game. Howard allowed just one run on five hits and didn't walk a batter in leading the Frogs to victory.

Sean Wymer came on in relief after a lead-off double in the eighth. He retired all six batters he faced, registering a pair of strikeouts to record his second save of the season.

Early runs provided all the support Howard needed. TCU pushed across a run in the second and three in the third to build an early 4-0 lead.

Nolan Brown's 14th double of the season had the Frogs in business in the second. With one out, Connor Wanhanen grounded out to short to drive in the go-ahead run.

Merrill's lead-off home run in the third spurred a three-run inning for the Frogs. His sixth home run landed in the Aggie bullpen to give TCU a 2-0 lead. After Zach Humphreys was hit by a pitch with one out, Evan Skoug ripped a doubled into right center to push the advantage to 3-0. An error kept the inning alive for Elliott Barzilli who delivered an RBI-single for a 4-0 lead.

Howard kept the Aggies in check for most of the contest. He retired the side in order in four of his seven innings and only faced more than four batters once in an inning. The Aggies lone run scored on an RBI ground out with two runners in scoring position in the sixth.

Stat of the Game
14 -- Brian Howard and Sean Wymer combined to fan 14 Texas A&M batters. Brian Howard's 12 strikeouts tied a CWS record established two other times, once by former Horned Frog Alex Young against Vanderbilt in 2015.

• TCU improved to 2-3 in Game 2 at the College World Series.
• TCU improved to 9-9 overall in the College World Series and 6-7 in games played at TD Ameritrade.
• TCU improved to 52-35 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
• TCU has allowed less than three earned runs for the seventh consecutive game dating back to June 3 (the entire NCAA Tournament).
• TCU has eliminated Texas A&M all four seasons the teams have met at least once in the NCAA Tournament.
• TCU eliminated Texas A&M from the postseason for the third consecutive year. The Frogs become the eighth team to eliminate the same foe three straight years, and are the first team since Florida eliminated Miami (FL) from 2009 to 2011.
• The TCU pitching staff tallied double-digit strikeouts for the 28th time this season.
Brian Howard improved to 6-0 in NCAA Tournament games in his career.
• Howard recorded double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this season.
• Howard tied his career-high in strikeouts, striking out 12 of 26 batters faced in 7.0 innings.
Sean Wymer recorded his third career save today and his second on the season.
Ryan Merrill hit his sixth home run of the season and the seventh of his career.
Austen Wade has reached base safely in 14 straight games.
Nolan Brown stretched his hitting streak to nine games.
Elliott Barzilli collected his 14th multi-hit game of the year and the 56th of his career.

Next Up:
With the victory, TCU improves to 48-17 overall. The Horned Frogs will try and stave off elimination once again on Thursday night at 7 p.m. as they will take on the loser of Tuesday night's Florida-Louisville contest. The game will be televised on ESPN2.



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