The Frogs are down to their last three outs against UCLA, trailing 10-3. Trevor Bauer is still dealing on the mound. He has 13 strikeouts through eight innings. He struck out the side in the eighth and is still throwing in the 90s.
Blair Dunlap's three-run home run to left off Kyle Winkler in the first has put UCLA back up 3-1. The home run ended Winkler's day after he faced three batters. He put the leadoff batter on with a hit by pitch and surrendered a single to Niko Gallego before the three-run blast. Paul Gerrish took over with no outs in the inning. After walking his first batter, a double by Jeff Gelalich scored another run and an infield single by Dean Espy put the Bruins up 5-1.
Bryan Holaday homered to the left-field bleachers to give TCU a 1-0 lead in the top of the first Saturday, It was Holaday's 16th homer of the season. He turned on a 2-1, 92 mph fastball against Trevor Bauer. It was the ninth home run allowed by Bauer.
Kyle Winkler (11-2) will start against UCLA in a winner take all elimination game at the College World Series. Winkler, who lost Monday to the Bruins after giving up five runs in 2.2 innings, started and got the win in the Horned Frogs' super regional-clinching victory at Texas a couple weeks ago. Winkler faces Trevor Bauer (11-3) today. Bauer won the Bruins' CWS opener against Florida.
Bryan Holaday sent the first pitch he saw from Florida State's Hunter Scantling into the outfield seats in left to give TCU a 7-1 lead headed to the fifth inning. In the third, Brance Rivera scored Jantzen Witte from third on a suicide squeeze sac-bunt. Taylor Featherston, on second to start the play, also tried to score, but was thrown out at home to end the inning.
Jason Coats, who had squared around to bunt with two runners on during his first two pitches, doubled to the left-field corner scoring Jerome Pena and Bryan Holaday who reached with singles to lead off the bottom of the first for TCU. Joe Weiksingled to right to score Coats and give the Frogs a 3-1 lead.Jantzen Witte doubled after falling behind 0-2, to deep right-center, and Taylor Featherston scored Weik with a sacrifice fly to right. Aaron Schultz collected the Frogs' sixth hit of the inning with a single to left to score Witte and give TCU a 5-1 lead after one inning.
Florida State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of Game 1 of the College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb. Tyler Holt led off with a single to left and scored on Sherman Johnson's squiber to third base that Jantzen Witte threw wildly to first. Holt scored from first on the error and Jonson made it to third. Purke struck out the next three batters swinging with curve balls and a change up.
The last team to commit to stay in the Big 12 Tuesday was Texas Tech. But the Red Raiders want everybody to know that they were committed to staying in the Big 12 as soon as they knew the remaining nine teams were on board.
So, what took so long for Tech to tell us all of their commitment? Were the Tech regents so upset with the news that they were merely following Texas that they were indeed still threathening to bolt to the Pac-10?
No, not a chance. Especially since Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott told the Raiders that if Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State weren't headed to the Pac-10, then a Pac-10 deal that included Tech was also going to be pulled off the table.
Thus, once Texas decided to remain in the Big 12, the other teams -- including Texas Tech -- had no choice but to follow suit. Clearly, the Raiders don't have the power at this stage to call the big shots like Texas does, and that became crystal clear during these tough negotiations.
"It's a relief that it's over with and we're pleased,'' Tech athletic director Gerald Myers said. "The Big 12 has been a good conference for us, it's been a great conference to be in for our teams, the fans, the school, and we're looking forward to continuing all those rivalries and we're excited about what the future holds for us in the Big 12.''
Yeah, the Raiders are not exactly thrilled to learn that only Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M will split the possible $30 million that will be collected because Colorado and Nebraska are buying out their Big 12 contracts. But with no other viable option in place, the Raiders merely had to suck it up and move on.
"It's been kind of a rollcoaster, because three weeks ago it looked like it was coming apart,'' Myers said. "I know how the five schools felt that weren't included in the invitation to go out to the Pac-10, because prior to that announcement we certainly didn't have any options, and we became a part of that package.
"I'm just glad that the Big 12 was able to come together. The commissioner (Dan Beebe) did a good job of pulling everything together and I'm pleased that it's all worked out and we'll go forward with a strong 10-team league.''
Count Myers among those who don't believe the Big 12 lost much with the exodus of Colorado to the Pac-10 and Nebraska to the Big 10. After all, Colorado doesn't play several spring sports and is a cream puff in football and basketball, and Nebraska hasn't come anywhere close to being the national powerhouse that it was prior to Tech, Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M joining the then-Big 8 in 1996.
Besides, as Myers so aptly pointed out, there's another nugget besides the larger TV contract that is attractive to the Big 12 players and coaches.
'We get to play everybody (in football), and the luxury is there's going to be a true champion minus a championship game,'' Myers said. "And then you get to play everybody home-and-home in basketball, so the fans and teams will get to see all those teams on their home court and we get to travel to all of the other members in the league, so I think it's just a positive.
It's going to be strong as ever. The competition and the teams will be just as strong as they've ever been.''
That's why, despite not getting a cut of Colorado's and Nebraska's buyout, the Raiders are pleased they can again call the Big 12 home.
"I'm glad we got it all behind us and it's over with,'' Myers said. "I really am glad it's worked out.''
USA Today quotes a marketing executive in a story today questioning the projections of the Big 12 television package that has kept 10 teams in the conference. Read the story here.
A.J. Maestas, president of Navigate Marketing called the projected average annual TV splits of $20 million for Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, with the other schools getting $14 million-$17 million each, "too high, just not realistic."
"Now, who knows? Maybe they can break the mold and come up with a model nobody's seen."
His firm projects an average annual total of $135 million a year for the 10 schools.
Find out what Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe says in a news conference at 11 a.m. CST today at www.Big12sports.com.
SI.com has obtained a "white paper "distributed by commissioner Dan Beebe to Big 12 presidents warning that a a radical realignment into 16-team power conferences could lead college athletics to the loss of tax-exempt status and the paying of college athletes.