TCU recap: Coastal Carolina ousts Horned Frogs

TCU center fielder Dane Steinhagen, left, and right fielder Austen Wade chase a two-run triple by Coastal Carolina’s G.K. Young.
TCU center fielder Dane Steinhagen, left, and right fielder Austen Wade chase a two-run triple by Coastal Carolina’s G.K. Young. AP

TCU’s first trip to the College World Series finals will have to wait.

After earning two chances to get there, the Horned Frogs couldn’t reach the championship series, losing for a second consecutive night to Coastal Carolina in the semifinals.

Tyler Chadwick homered for the Chanticleers in the second inning, and they put up six more runs in the next two innings to take command and eliminate TCU with a 7-5 victory at TD Ameritrade Park.

The Frogs (49-18), who started 2-0 for the first time in the event, lost 4-1 to Coastal a night earlier, putting themselves in Saturday’s elimination game. With it went their best chance in four trips to Omaha to reach the final.

Coastal Carolina (53-17), which will face Arizona for the national championship, continued a rampage interrupted only by Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to TCU.

The Chanticleers defeated Big 12 champion Texas Tech in the losers bracket before beating TCU twice to reach its first final. They got to Omaha by winning a Super Regional at LSU of the SEC and defeated No. 1 national seed Florida in their CWS opener.

Coastal gained control of the game early with its bats.

After Chadwick’s home run, the first in the CWS for the Chants, they added two runs in the third on designated hitter G.K. Young’s triple to center in and out of the glove of a leaping Dane Steinhagen, making it 3-0.

In the fourth, Anthony Marks and Zach Remillard hit RBI singles off Brian Trieglaff, who began the inning in relief of TCU starter Jared Janczak.

Left-hander Ryan Burnett entered for TCU and gave up Connor Owings’ two-run double to the right field line with two outs, capped a four-run inning that gave Coastal a 7-1 lead.

Elliott Barzilli’s RBI single in the fourth inning provided TCU’s first run. Luken Baker’s groundout scored a run in the sixth, and Ryan Merrill’s sacrifice fly and a groundball RBI from Michael Landestoy added two more in the seventh.

Coastal, which got a complete game from Andrew Beckwith on Friday night, got 6 1/3 innings from starter Alex Cunningham, who took the loss Tuesday night to TCU.

Right-handed reliever Bobby Holmes entered with a runner on third and one out in the seventh and squelched a rally with a ground ball and a strikeout.

TCU freshman DH Luken Baker doubled with two out in the eighth inning, making him 15-for-38 with three homers and three doubles in 10 NCAA postseason games.

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