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TCU 6, Coastal Carolina 1: Numbers, notes and quotes from Frogs’ CWS win

TCU’s Josh Watson is greeted at the dugout after scoring a run in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s College World Series game against Coastal Carolina.
TCU’s Josh Watson is greeted at the dugout after scoring a run in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s College World Series game against Coastal Carolina. AP

Some of the numbers, notes and quotes from TCU’s 6-1 victory against Coastal Carolina in the College World Series on Tuesday (game recap here):

Notables

TCU improved to 8-6 all-time at the College World Series and is 2-0 for the first time. The Horned Frogs are 45-32 all-time in NCAA postseason games. They are 7-1 in the 2016 NCAA tournament.

TCU homered in its 41st game, improving to 35-6 in those games and 11-0 when Luken Baker homers. He had three hits against Coastal Carolina, making him 14-for-30 in the 2016 NCAA tournament, and has hit safely in four consecutive at-bats.

The first eight games of the 2016 CWS have had 39 runs scored, the fewest ever. There were 41 runs scored through eight games in 1973.

TCU’s victory improved the Big 12 to 20-4 in the NCAA tournament, including 5-1 in Omaha. The lone loss is Texas Tech’s to TCU. If Texas Tech and Oklahoma State win their next games, the Big 12 teams will be the only ones left in Omaha by Friday night.

This is only the third time two teams from the same conference have started 2-0. Arkansas and Texas did it from the Southwest Conference in 1979, and Florida and South Carolina did it out of the SEC in 2011.

Numbers game

5 Players with two home runs in a College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park after Luken Baker homered Tuesday. He joined Peter Alonso and Harrison Bader of of Florida in 2015, Robert Refsnyder of Arizona in 2012 and Connor Harrell of Vanderbilt in 2011.

11 Runs in two CWS games for TCU, making it the highest-scoring team in Omaha. The Frogs scored five against Texas Tech on Sunday and six against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday. Texas Tech has the next-highest run total, six.

56 Walks for TCU leadoff hitter Austen Wade, who got an RBI for a bases-loaded pass in the fifth inning Tuesday. He is one shy of tying the TCU record for walks set by Matt Curry in 2010. His walk total leads the Big 12.

24 Strikeouts in 18 innings for TCU pitching in two CWS games after Brian Howard struck out seven and Ryan Burnett struck out two Tuesday against Coastal Carolina. In eight NCAA tournament games, the Horned Frogs have struck out 69 in 72 innings (against 17 walks).

They said it

“Just so proud of Ryan. The guy’s been through two surgeries. He’s pitching with a torn ACL. For him to hang around and gut it out, it’s just an awesome testament to his character and strength. Just couldn’t be more proud of him.”

-- TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle, on Ryan Burnett, who retired all 10 batters he faced for his first career save

“We knew coming in that he would attack with fastballs, and I worked the last few days on staying through baseballs instead of pulling off like I did for a lot of the Texas A&M series. I got a fastball up and away that I could handle and put a good swing on it, and I was a little more excited than I have been for a few of the ones in the past because it was my first opposite-field one, and it felt really good.”

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

When I throw that pitch really, really good, I throw it hard, and I’m not totally worried about whether or not it’s going to be a strike.

TCU pitcher Brian Howard, on a curveball he has developed with pitching coach Kirk Saarloos’ help

“Tonight I really had to have it because I didn’t have my cutter working. But he’s really kind of gotten on me about that in the last couple of weeks about how, when I throw that pitch really, really good, I throw it hard, and I’m not totally worried about whether or not it’s going to be a strike. And that’s something he’s really been working with me on in my bullpens. In the past, I had kind of a get-me-over breaking ball that we have done away with, and now have what he calls a banger.”

-- TCU pitcher Brian Howard, on the curveball he’s developed with pitching coach Kirk Saarloos’ help

“I don’t think we hit one or two really hard line drives off him all night long. And the only inning we got two hits off him was an inning that we had a huge baserunning blunder that kept us from scoring. Would have tied the ballgame up.”

-- Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore, on TCU pitcher Brian Howard

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