TCU beats Coastal Carolina to move to CWS bracket final
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- TCU freshman star Luken Baker continued his hot hitting, going 3 for 3 with a home run, and the Horned Frogs took control of their College World Series bracket with a 6-1 victory over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night.
The Frogs (49-16) have won their first two CWS games for the first time in four appearances and move to Friday's Bracket 2 final. They'll play the winner of a Thursday elimination game between Coastal Carolina and Texas Tech. A win in that game would put them in the best-of-three finals for the first time.
The Chanticleers (50-17), who beat No. 1 national seed Florida 2-1 in their first-ever CWS game on Sunday, pushed across a run in the sixth inning but otherwise didn't do much against Brian Howard and Ryan Burnett.
Baker, who hit the winning three-run homer against Texas Tech Sunday, went deep to right in the second inning and singled in his other two at bats.
The Big 12 freshman of the year has hit seven of his 11 homers in the last 13 games and is 29 of 52 (.558) over that stretch.
TCU scored two unearned runs in the fifth following third baseman Zach Remillard's throwing error, and a run came home in the sixth on Dane Steinhagen's double-play ball. Michael Landestoy tripled in a run and scored on an error to make it a five-run game in the ninth.
Howard (10-2) pitched 5 2/3 innings to earn the win. The 17th-round pick of the Houston Astros allowed a run on six hits and a walk, and he struck out seven.
Coastal Carolina starter Alex Cunningham (9-4) lasted 4 1/3 innings. He gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks.
The Chanticleers came in with a nation-leading 94 home runs but have not hit one through two CWS games.