Winner-Take-All Game Set For Saturday


June 24, 2017

 No. 5 TCU (50-17; 16-8 Big 12) vs. No. 4 Louisville (49-19; 21-9 SEC)

 Date | Time | TV  Saturday, June 24; 7 p.m.
 Location  TD Ameritrade Park (Omaha, Neb.)
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM
 TV  ESPN
 Live Audio  Sunday
 Live Video  Tournament
 Radio Talent  Chuck LaMendola
 Tournament Central  Tournament All-Access
 Game Notes  TCU Game Notes


OMAHA, Neb. -  TCU will look to advance to its first-ever NCAA Championship Series Saturday night when it takes on Florida at 7 on ESPN. It'll be a battle of the aces as Saturday's tilt will feature a rematch of the team's opening game in the 2017 CWS.

TCU NOTABLES
• TCU improved to 3-0 in elimination games in Omaha with a 9-2 win over Florida.
• The victory was TCU’s 50th win of the season. It’s the third time in program history the Horned Frogs have tallied 50 wins in a season (54, 2010; 51, 2015).
• Omaha-native Ryan Merrill hit TCU’s 58th home run of the season on Tuesday, the most since the 2010 campaign.
• TCU has allowed three or fewer earned runs for the ninth consecutive game dating back to June 3 (the entire NCAA Tournament).
• The TCU pitching staff increased its school-record strikeout total to 631 with 11 Ks on Friday.
• TCU’s 108 stolen bases rank 7th nationally, while Nolan Brown ranks 11th nationally with 26 stolen bases.
• TCU has scored multiple runs in 105 innings this year.
Austen Wade has reached safely in 16 straight games.
• Eight of Evan Skoug’s nine postseason hits have gone for extra bases (4 doubles; 4 home runs).
• Skoug now has 71 on the season, tied for the fourth most in a single season and the most since Austin Adams had 71 in 2007.
• Additionally, Skoug is now tied with Chad Huffman (2004-06) for fourth all-time with 168 career RBIs.

Jared Janczak NOTABLES
• For the second time in two seasons, Jared Janczak will be making two starts in the CWS.
• As a starter, Janczak is 11-2 in 21 games started with a 2.46 ERA in 124 1/3 innings pitched.
• TCU is 17-4 in games he has started in his career.
• In seven careeer NCAA postseason starts, Janczak is 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 39 1/3 innings pitched to go along with 42 strikeouts.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES NOTABLES
• TCU is making its fifth trip to the CWS having advance previously in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. • TCU has won three games at the CWS for the second time (2010).
• TCU is one of two teams appearing in the CWS for the fifth time in the last six years.
• The Frogs are 11-9 all-time in the CWS.
• TCU has two wins over Florida State, two over LSU, two against Texas Tech and one each against Florida, UCLA, Louisville, Texas A&M and Coastal Carolina.
• The Frogs’ losses came twice to Coastal Carolina, UCLA and Vanderbilt and once each to Florida, Virginia and Ole Miss.
• TCU is 8-7 all-time at TD Ameritrade Park.

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday’s meeting will be the third in a week.
• TCU evened the all-time series with a 9-2 win Friday.
• Florida has appeared in the field of 8 in four of TCU’s five appearances. Twice (2010 and 2016), the two teams have been on the same side of the bracket.
Evan Skoug, Mike Rivera, Dalton Guthrie and Alex Faedo were all teammates on the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

NEUTRAL SITE NOTABLES
• TCU played three regular season neutral site contests at the Shriners Hospital for Children’s College Classic in addition to the Big 12 Tournament.
• TCU is 9-3 in neutral site contests this season.
• The Frogs went 3-0 in the College Classic and 3-2 in the Big 12 Tournament.
• TCU owns a record of 74-41 in neutral site games under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle.

 

 

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