TCU Can't Solve Coastal Carolina
June 24, 2016
OMAHA, Neb. -- A pair of two-run innings for Coastal Carolina helped the Chanticleers to a 4-1 victory over TCU Friday night at the College World Series setting up a winner-moves-on showdown on Saturday night.
Coastal Carolina's Andrew Beckwith allowed just six base runners in throwing his second complete game at the College World Series. The lone blemish on his line was an eighth-inning home run from Dane Steinhagen.
Both TCU and Coastal Carolina had chances early to score, but it was the Chanticleers that capitalized in opening up the game's scoring.
For TCU, Austen Wade worked a lead-off walk in the first and moved to third on a base hit from Evan Skoug. Beckwith got a double play ball to end the threat.
A hit batter to open the third proved costly as the Chanticleers played small-ball to take the lead. After a sacrifice and a base hit had runners on the corners, Anthony Marks reached on a drag bunt to make it a 1-0 game. A sacrifice fly drove in the second run.
Both Mitchell Traver and Beckwith settled into a rhythm in the middle innings. Traver 11 in a row from the third through the seventh, while Beckwith set down 13 in a row from the second through the seventh.
Coastal Carolina doubled its lead with a two-spot in the top of the seventh. A one-out walk was followed by a base hit to put runners on the corners. Preston Guillory came on in relief and surrendered a sacrifice fly to Billy Cooke. A ground-rule double from David Parrett drove in the Chanticleers' fourth run of the game.
Traver (1-3) turned in his longest outing of the season, going 6 1/3 innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits, walked two, hit a batter and struck out four. Preston Guillory threw the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing a hit, a walk and two strikeouts.
Stat of the Game
4 -- Dane Steinhagen's home run in the eighth inning was TCU's fourth in the College World Series.
TCU fell to 45-33 in the NCAA Tournament.
TCU fell to 8-7 all-time at the College World Series.
TCU allowed the first run of the game for the 22nd time this year.
TCU has homered in 42 games this season.
TCU was held to one or fewer runs for just the eighth time this season.
TCU outhit its opponent for the 46th time this season. TCU fell to 42-4 in those games.
Austen Wade drew his 57th walk of the season, tying Matt Curry's school-record set back in 2010.
Josh Watson has reached base safely in 12 straight games.
Ryan Merrill has reached base safely in 10 straight games.
Evan Skoug notched his 20th multi-hit game of the season and the 39th of his career.
Luken Baker's streak of reaching base came to an end at 37. It was just the fourth time this season he has failed to reach base.
With the loss, TCU falls to 49-17 overall. The Horned Frogs and the Chanticleers will play a winner-take-all game on Saturday night for the right to go to the College World Series championship series. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. on ESPN.
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