Texas A&M forces Game 3 with 2-1 win in 10 innings at TCU
Jun. 07, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M leadoff hitter Blake Allemand relished the chance to bat with Texas A&M tied in the 10th inning in yet another elimination game.
The senior shortstop came through for the Aggies.
Allemand's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday gave Texas A&M a 2-1 victory at TCU, forcing a deciding Game 3 in the NCAA Super Regional for a spot in the College World Series.
"I wanted to be at the plate in that situation," Allemand said. "I embraced it, and was ready to put a good swing on the ball."
His flyball to left that scored Nick Choruby came on a 1-1 pitch against TCU closer Riley Ferrell, and ended a game dominated by the starting pitchers.
TCU starter Preston Morrison (11-3) got the first out in the 10th before walking Choruby and allowing a single to No. 9 hitter Michael Barash on a hit-and-run play.
Ryan Hendrix (6-3) went 2 1-3 innings in relief after Texas A&M starter Matt Kent struck out six and over 7 2-3 scoreless innings in his third start in 10 days.
Kent, the junior left-hander, won a pair of seven-inning outings in four days at the College Station regional. He won the clincher last Monday against California when the Aggies won their third straight when facing elimination from the NCAA Tournament.
"We were hoping maybe he'd be a little tired, but shoot, he was even better. The story of the game is him," TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "And Preston too, but Matt did a great job. He just found a rhythm."
Texas A&M (50-13) will be trying to reach its first College World Series since 2011 on Monday. TCU (48-13) went to Omaha last season, when the Frogs also lost the second game of the super regional at home — to Pepperdine in a game Morrison started.
"We've been to Omaha twice at TCU, and both times we've won the first one, lost the second and did OK in the third," Schlossnagle said.
TCU, the visiting team in its home park, tied it in the ninth on Keaton Jones' sac fly. Freshmen Connor Wanhanen and Evan Skoug started the inning with consecutive singles before a sac bunt.
After losing 13-4 on Saturday, the Aggies went up 1-0 in the sixth on Logan Taylor's RBI double after having a runner thrown out between third and home earlier in the inning.
"Our guys have done a really job of that all year long, being able to put yesterday to bed and focus on the only thing you have at hand, which is today," Aggies coach Rob Childress said, knowing what is next.
"It's all either team could ask for, you've got a nine-inning game for a chance to punch a ticket to Omaha," he said. "You couldn't ask for anything better than this."