TCU collected 18 hits, and Trey Teakell shut Texas A&M down in relief, as the Horned Frogs beat the Aggies 13-4 Saturday in Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regional at Lupton Stadium.
TCU and A&M will meet again Sunday at 1:15 p.m. A win will send the Frogs to their second straight College World Series.
On Saturday, Derek Odell went 4 for 5 for TCU and drove in runs in the first and fifth innings. Teakell started the fifth inning for the Frogs, entering for starter Tyler Alexander, who gave up four runs on nine hits.
But while A&M was able chip away at Alexander — including with three two-out runs in the fourth — Teakell (2-1) set the Aggies down in his usual workman-like manner. The right-hander retired the A&M side in order in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings, giving up a one-out double in the sixth.
Meanwhile, the Frogs, playing in front of a school record 7,199 people, piled on, offensively.
They scored five runs on five hits in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 11-4.
Garrett Crain, Dane Steinhagen and Cody Jones singled to start the inning, with Crain scoring on Jones’ hit. Connor Wanhanen later walked, and Derek Odell and Evan Skoug singled to drive in runs. In the middle of all that, Jones scored on a wild pitch.
Jeremie Fagnan doubled twice in the game and drove in two runs. TCU also benefited early from two one-base errors by the Aggies. In the first, Fagnan doubled and then advanced to third after right fielder Jonathan Moroney bobbled the ball. Then, in the third, Nolan Brown walked, stole second base and advanced to third when the throw from catcher Michael Barash skipped past shortstop Blake Allemand.
The next batter, Keaton Jones, flew out to right field for a sac fly RBI.