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TCU 5, Texas Tech 3: Numbers, notes, quotes from CWS opener

Some of the numbers, notes and quotes from TCU’s 5-3 victory against Texas Tech in the College World Series on Sunday (game recap here):

Notables

TCU improved to 7-6 in College World Series games and 4-0 in openers. Overall, the Horned Frogs are 44-32 all-time in NCAA postseason games. They have never started 2-0 in a CWS.

TCU hit the first two home runs of the 2016 College World Series and has homered in 40 games this season. The Frogs are 34-6 when they homer, 11-0 when they hit multiple homers and 10-0 when Luken Baker homers.

TCU is the 10th team to win its CWS opener three straight seasons. TCU has won its Regional, Super Regional and CWS opener each of the past three seasons.

TCU is 8-1 in neutral-site games this season and 5-0 as the designated visitor in NCAA tournament games. The Frogs were 2-1 as the visitor in the Big 12 tournament. They are 24-9 away from Lupton Stadium.

Numbers game

21 Doubles for Evan Skoug with his fifth-inning hit. That tied him with Tyler Neslony of Texas Tech for most by a Big 12 player this season, and it was his first of the NCAA tournament.

36 Consecutive games reaching base for Luken Baker and 12 straight with a hit. Both are season highs. His home run was only the fifth ninth-inning homer in 263 CWS games to that point at TD Ameritrade Park.

2 Wins when trailing after eight innings for TCU this season in 17 chances. The other came against West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament championship game May 29. Luken Baker also homered in the go-ahead run in that game.

10 Hits for TCU against Texas Tech, the 36th game with double-digit hits this season. The Frogs are 34-2 in those games. They outhit the opponent for the 44th time.

What they said

“Off the bat, I knew it was fair. For a second there, I thought maybe it hooked foul. But there wasn’t really a doubt.”

-- TCU designated hitter Luken Baker, on his ninth-inning home run

“First pitch, I tried to bunt. I saw the third baseman back. I know the grass is playing pretty slow, so if you get a ball down, you’ve got a good chance to get a hit out of it. Next pitch, he threw me a change or a fastball up. I got a good pitch to hit, put a good swing on it.”

-- TCU second baseman Cam Warner, on his fourth-inning home run

“Certainly, really proud of our at-bats in the ninth inning. I know Luken is the one everybody’s going to be talk about, as they should. But I thought Skoug’s at-bat after Warner lined out — that catch Davis made in centerfield took a lot of air out of our dugout — he put together a great at-bat to give Luken a chance to do what he’s done for us in the back half of the season.”

-- TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle

“Congratulations to TCU. Ball has bounced our way quite a bit lately. We’ve been fortunate. Today the ball didn’t bounce our way. Baker made a good swing on probably a pitch that wasn’t executed. But that’s baseball. He’s a hell of a college baseball player, that’s for sure.”

-- Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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