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Fort Worth Regional: TCU beats N.C. State 8-2 to stay alive

Star-Telegram

Tyler Alexander took a perfect game into the seventh inning, and TCU collected 12 hits to stay alive Sunday night with an 8-2 win over North Carolina State in the NCAA Fort Worth Regional.

The two teams will meet again Monday at 7 p.m. at Lupton Stadium for a spot in next week’s Super Regionals. N.C. State beat TCU 5-4 Saturday night.

Alexander was magnificent in the rematch, retiring the first 18 batters he faced and doing it by filling up the strike zone. Of those 18 outs, 12 were flyouts and only two were strikeouts.

Logan Ratledge ended the perfect game by reaching on an errorto start the seventh, and Andrew Knizner followed with a single for the Wolfpack’s first hit. Preston Palmeiro then drove home Ratledge with a flyout, but by then, TCU’s offense has already scored six runs.

The Frogs (46-12) scored two in the second behind a two-RBI single from Derek Odell, who lofted a soft liner over the head of the N.C. State second baseman. The next inning, Dane Steinhagen tripled home Jeremie Fagnan and Cody Jones.

Garrett Crain scored on a wild pitch in the fifth, and Odell singled home Nolan Brown in the eighth.

Cody Jones finished 3 for 5, collecting his eighth hit of the regional tournament. Evan Skoug doubled off the top of the rightfield wall to score Jones in the eighth.

Ratledge hit a solo homer in the ninth.

Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST

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