Dallas Colleges: CWS 2010

Rangers to honor TCU baseball team

June, 27, 2010

The Texas Rangers will honor the TCU baseball team, came up one win short of reaching the College World Series finals, before tonight's game against the Houston Astros at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

A ceremony is scheduled for approximately 6:45 p.m., prior to the 7:05 start. Also, TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle will throw out the first pitch.

Horned Frogs lifted by rally turtle?

June, 24, 2010

TCU was down to its final six outs and trailing by four when it found some late-inning magic to beat Florida State, 11-7, in an elimination game at the College World Series on Wednesday.

Powered by Matt Curry's grand slam, the Horned Frogs rallied for eight runs in the eighth to sink the Seminoles. Where did the sudden power surge come from?

According to ESPN.com's Brian Bennett, you can credit the rally turtle. Bennett writes that a drawing in the dirt of a turtle became TCU's good-luck charm. Read the story here.

OU falls short, can't afford another loss

June, 23, 2010

Oklahoma made a run at Clemson when their suspended game resumed Wednesday, but the Sooners fell short, 6-4, for their first loss at the College World Series.

The Sooners trailed, 6-1, after five innings when play was halted because of storms Tuesday night, but they scored single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth and had the tying run at the plate when the final out was made.

Thanks to the game taking two days to finish, the Sooners don't get a day off and will be back in action Thursday in an elimination game against South Carolina at 6 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPN3.com). Oklahoma beat the Gamecocks, 4-3, earlier in the CWS.

OU-Clemson game suspended by rain

June, 23, 2010

The weather continued to affect the College World Series schedule, as thunderstorms forced Tuesday night's Oklahoma-Clemson game to be suspended with the Sooners trailing, 6-1, after five innings.

The game has been scheduled to resume at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Read more about it here.

Reactions: Cole smokes Horned Frogs

June, 22, 2010

OMAHA, Neb. -- After his team had beaten Texas' arms in the Austin Super Regional, TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said he wasn't worried about the pitchers the Horned Frogs would face in the College World Series.

UCLA starter Gerrit Cole challenged that notion Monday night with an eight-inning, 13-strikeout performance.

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AP Photo/Nati HarnikUCLA starter Gerrit Cole struck out 13 and held TCU's potent offense in check.
After the game, TCU shortstop Taylor Featherston said while his team did face some of the country's best arms in Austin, Cole was special in UCLA's 6-3 win.

"He's one of the best in the country," Cole said. "And he showed that tonight. I mean, he threw all pitches for strikes and kept us off balance all night. ... We didn't barrel up as many balls as we could. I thought we battled a bunch of counts both early and late. But, you know, he had all of his pitches working for him."

UCLA coach John Savage said Cole was "as solid as you can be" Monday. He even managed to best Trevor Bauer's great start Saturday.

Bauer had 11 strikeouts while only giving up six hits and three runs. Cole outperformed the first two numbers while matching Bauer's three runs allowed.

"[The pitching staff] competes against each other," Savage said. "That's what our pitching staff has done all year."

Savage had a long talk on the mound in the eighth inning after Cole walked TCU catcher Bryan Holaday.

"I was about to take him out with two outs in the eighth and he said, 'Coach, trust me. I trust you. I think I can get this guy,'" Savage said. "And the next pitch, the inning was over."

On that pitch, Holaday was tagged out at second on a fielder's choice.

Cole said that despite his strong start (one hit in his first six innings pitched), he was expecting TCU to climb back in.

"TCU is a good offense," Cole said. "You look at their numbers, you're pretty impressed. It was just a matter of time, I guess, before they put [in] a few good hacks."

Cole, who turned down a possible fortune from the MLB draft to go to UCLA, said walking off the mound in the eighth inning in Omaha made it all worthwhile.

"That defines my goal coming into college," Cole said. "To come to Rosenblatt in the final year, playing in the College World Series, even if you go 0-2, you can't really ask for anything more."

CWS Recap: TCU falls to UCLA, 6-3

June, 22, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. -- Gerrit Cole giveth, and Gerrit Cole taketh away.

The UCLA starter finally showed some vulnerability in the seventh inning of the Bruins' 6-3 win over TCU on Monday. After six innings of one-hit, shutout baseball, Cole gave up three singles to load the bases in the top of the seventh before TCU shortstop Taylor Featherston drove in three runs on a triple.

Cole gave the Frogs three runs, and the crowd, which had been subdued all night, was given something to cheer about.

But it was a mirage.

Cole turned around to strike out the final batter in the seventh before striking out the first two in the top of the eighth, just to be sure his point was clear. He pitched an eight-inning, five-hit, 13-strikeout gem that left TCU's formidable offense flummoxed.

He took away TCU's chance to play its way into the College World Series finals with its three powerhouse starters alone.

One of those powerhouses looked anything but on Monday night.

Right-hander Kyle Winkler gave up a run in each of the first two innings before losing control in the third, giving up two home runs (a two-run shot from Cody Regis and a solo homer from Jeff Gelalich) over three batters. Winkler was pulled after just 2 2/3 innings, having given up six hits and five earned runs in his limited work.

After Featherston's big hit in the seventh, the Frogs were unable to put anything significant together. Cole's two eighth-inning K's took the life out of the TCU offense, while UCLA center fielder Beau Amaral drained TCU with a ground-rule double that became a run after a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning. Bruins closer Dan Klein entered in the ninth and did enough to secure the win.

Amaral led all Bruins with three hits to go along with two runs, a walk and an RBI. Regis added two RBIs from his home run, and third baseman Dean Espy added a hit and a run. TCU first baseman Matt Curry was the only Frog with a multi-hit game (2-for-4, one run). Featherston finished with his three-RBI hit, and left fielder Jason Coats added a hit and a run.

Final from CWS: UCLA 6, TCU 3

June, 21, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. -- The TCU Horned Frogs couldn't make an incredible comeback in the top of the ninth and fell to the UCLA Bruins, 6-3.

After Matt Curry grounded out to open the ninth, designated hitter Joe Weik was able to get on base with a single off of Dan Klein.

However, a fly out and an attempted bunt from seventh-inning hero Taylor Featherston ended the game for TCU.

The Frogs will play Florida State for a second time Wednesday afternoon in an elimination game.

UCLA answers, goes up by three

June, 21, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. -- UCLA center fielder Beau Amaral, who has killed TCU all night, struck again in the bottom of the seventh with a ground-rule double that was followed by a sacrifice fly by Niko Gallego to bring in another Bruins run.

Gerrit Cole responded to Taylor Featherston's three-run triple in the seventh by striking out the next three batters (one in the seventh and two in the eighth). However, he followed that by walking Bryan Holaday, and UCLA coach John Savage decided to keep him in after a lengthy discussion.

The next batter, Jason Coats, hit into a fielder's choice, and Cole got out of the inning. Dan Klein is warming for the Bruins, who are three outs from a College World Series semifinal berth.

UCLA leads 6-3, entering the bottom of the eighth.

TCU shows life in seventh, scores three

June, 21, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. -- After the Horned Frogs recorded their second hit of the game, a TCU fan began waving a school flag in the second row.

It may have been premature then, but after the top of the seventh the Frog faithful finally had something to cheer about.

TCU dinged Gerrit Cole for four hits in the frame, with shortstop Taylor Featherston doing the damage.

Featherston stepped up with the bases loaded, and a with a full count delivered a triple to left-center field. The three-RBI hit ended UCLA's shutout and breathed a bit of life into the Frogs. Cole struck out Aaron Schultz to end the top of the seventh, but TCU has a chance.

The Frogs are down 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh.

Cole continues to torment Frogs

June, 21, 2010
Gerrit Cole
Crystal LoGiudice/US PresswireUCLA starter Gerrit Cole struck out eight in the first five innings.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Gerrit Cole has been remarkable for UCLA and has kept TCU off the scoreboard through five innings.

The Frogs have a single hit off of Cole, who has had eight strikeouts to only one walk.

TCU's lineup, which came into tonight's game with every hitter batting over .305, has been kept off balance consistently all game. The Bruins' 5-0 lead is insurmountable if Cole continues to command his pitches like this.

Frogs reliever Paul Gerrish has been very good since coming into the game as well. Gerrish has allowed one hit with two strikeouts through 2 1/3 innings.

The fans in the left field seats launched a coordinated beach ball assault after the fifth inning, launching dozens of beach balls through the crowd, and largely onto left field. The grounds crew scooped up the balls without delay, and we're into the top of the sixth.

UCLA blows game open with homers

June, 21, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. -- TCU starter Kyle Winkler was pulled with two outs in the bottom of the third after allowing two home runs over three batters faced.

UCLA second baseman Cody Regis started the pounding with a two-run shot that brought in Justin Uribe, while left fielder Jeff Gelalich sat Winkler down with a solo shot just one batter later.

TCU opted for veteran RHP Paul Gerrish (1-3, 4.57 ERA), who got out of the third, but the damage was done.

UCLA leads, 5-0.

Amaral builds on Bruins' lead

June, 21, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. -- In the bottom of the second, UCLA leadoff hitter Beau Amaral drove in third baseman Dean Espy with a two-out single straight up the middle to move to lead to 2-0.

The Horned Frogs couldn't respond in the top of the third. Gerrit Cole recorded his fourth strikeout of the game (from TCU shortstop Taylor Featherston) before allowing his first walk of the night. His defense responded with a 5-3 double play to get out of the top of the third with their shutout intact.

Winkler will be back on the mound for the Frogs in the bottom of the inning, and has thrown 42 pitches so far in two innings.

Cole controls first, Bruins take lead

June, 21, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Horned Frogs come to bat in the top of the second hoping to respond to their current 1-0 deficit the way they did Saturday against Florida State.

UCLA starter Gerrit Cole was as good as advertised in the first inning, striking out all three Frogs he faced.

On offense, Beau Amaral was up first for the Bruins and took a walk from TCU starter Kyle Winkler. After advancing on a fielder's choice, UCLA designated hitter Blair Dunlap drove in Amaral with an RBI single.

Winkler followed that with another walk but was able to escape further damage thanks in part to a pickoff from catcher Bryan Holaday.

CWS lineups: TCU vs. UCLA

June, 21, 2010

1) 2B Jerome Pena
2) C Bryan Holaday
3) LF Jason Coats
4) 1B Matt Curry
5) DH Joe Weik
6) 3B Jantzen Witte
7) SS Taylor Featherston
8) CF Aaron Schultz
9) RF Brance Rivera

SP: RHP Kyle Winkler (12-1, 2.84 ERA)


1) CF Beau Amaral
2) SS Niko Gallego
3) DH Blair Dunlap
4) 1B Justin Uribe
5) 2B Cody Regis
6) 3B Dean Espy
7) LF Jeff Gelalich
8) RF Chris Giovinazzo
9) C Steve Rodriguez

SP: RHP Gerrit Cole (10-3, 3.25 ERA)

TCU's goal vs. UCLA: national semifinals

June, 21, 2010
TCU will send Kyle Winkler (12-1) to the mound at 8 p.m. Monday against UCLA with an opportunity for the Horned Frogs to advance to the national semifinals.

If TCU wins, it would not have to play again until the semifinals Friday -- giving plenty of rest to freshman ace Matt Purke (15-0), who mowed down Florida State in the CWS opener Saturday.

Gerrit Cole, the Bruins' No. 1 starter, will start tonight for UCLA (49-14). The game will be televised on ESPN2.