Cardiac Frogs Strike Again
June 15, 2014
Sunday's 3-2 win over Texas Tech was just the latest example. After the Red Raiders plated a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to take the lead, TCU answered with two of its own in the bottom half of the inning for the victory in its opening game at the College World Series in Omaha.
The Horned Frogs advance to a Tuesday 7 p.m. winner's bracket contest against either Ole Miss or Virginia.
Just like he did in the 11th inning against Siena, the 22nd inning versus Sam Houston State and the bottom of the eighth Sunday, it was Boomer White coming through with the game-winning hit for the Horned Frogs. White's two-out single to left scored Cody Jones with the go-ahead run as TCU improved to 4-2 all-time in CWS games.
In his latest role as TCU hero, White knew he just had to win the battle at the plate.
"I stayed on it just enough to get a good piece on it," White said. "I was just battling. I knew I was going to have to fight. God willing, I got one to drop in."
The win was TCU's 33rd in its last 37 games, a remarkable run after the Horned Frogs were just 15-12 on April 1.
TCU's 48 wins this season have tied the 2007 squad for second most in school history, trailing only the 54 victories by the 2010 Omaha squad.
Led by head coach Jim Schlossnagle, TCU is simply a team that knows how to win.
"Things tend to happen when they need to," Jones said. "When we're down in the game and need to get some runs, we get the leadoff guy on base and that always makes us feel really good.
"After that, our clutch hits come when they need to come. That's helped us get as far as we've gotten, and we feel good about that."
The purple-clad fans in the stands at TD Ameritrade Park, as well as the many watching on ESPN2, would concur with Schlossnagle's statement on how the epic thrillers are becoming the norm.
"This was a typical TCU baseball game, especially over the course of the last couple of weeks," Schlossnagle said. "Every team in the College World Series is resilient. You can't get here without having that character trait as a team.
"Our guys play in so many close games, and that's the kind of baseball we've played all year. I'm not telling you I'm very comfortable with it, but these guys are. They don't panic a bit. It's just putting together some good at bats and seeing what happens. I honestly try to stay out of the way, because they're very comfortable in playing close games."
This year's Horned Frogs made history last month when they captured TCU's first Big 12 team championship in any sport, sweeping through all four games to win the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City. The Horned Frogs were then rewarded with their first-ever national seed en route to hosting a Super Regional for the first time.
As Sunday's 3-2 win over Texas Tech showed, the 2014 TCU baseball team is on a quest to continue making history.