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7:00 PM ET, June 23, 2010
Curry's go-ahead slam in eight-run 8th lifts TCU into bracket championship
OMAHA, Neb. -- TCU's Matt Curry was barely out of the batter's box when he started celebrating his go-ahead grand slam."I've hit some home runs, and I usually know when I get them," he said.One problem. Florida State center fielder Tyler Holt was positioning himself as if he were going to catch the fly."My heart just sank to my stomach," Curry said.Suddenly, Holt turned to face the high fence in center field, looking up.
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• TCU scored eight runs in the eighth to overcome a 7-2 deficit and eliminate Florida State from the CWS. The comeback was the largest of the season for the Horned Frogs, who took the lead on Matt Curry's grand slam (47th in CWS history).
• The Seminoles leave Omaha without a title for the 20th time, the most CWS trips by any school without a championship.
• 10 of the 11 runs scored by TCU were unearned thanks to a season-high five errors committed by FSU.
• TCU starter Steven Maxwell came into the game having not allowed an earned run in four-plus starts (26.1 innings) before surrendering back-to-back homers to Sherman Johnson and Mike McGee in the first. For the second straight game, TCU's starter failed to make it out of the third inning. The Horned Frogs bullpen has picked up the slack, allowing just four runs in 13.2 innings in Omaha.
|1st||S Johnson homered to right center.||0||1|
|1st||M McGee homered to left.||0||2|
|3rd||A Schultz scored, B Rivera safe at third on throwing error by pitcher J Gast.||1||2|
|3rd||M Curry singled to center, B Holaday scored, J Coats to second.||2||2|
|3rd||J Ramsey tripled to deep right, S Johnson scored.||2||3|
|3rd||S Cardullo reached on infield single to shortstop, J Ramsey scored.||2||4|
|5th||S Cardullo hit sacrifice fly to right, T Holt scored.||2||5|
|5th||J Boyd doubled to deep right center, S Johnson and J Ramsey scored.||2||7|
|7th||J Pena homered to right.||3||7|
|8th||B Rivera grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, J Witte scored, T Featherston out at second.||4||7|
|8th||B Holaday doubled to deep left, B Rivera scored, J Pena to third.||5||7|
|8th||M Curry homered to center, J Pena, B Holaday and J Coats scored.||9||7|
|8th||J Witte homered to left, J Elander scored.||11||7|
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|Weather:||78 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Mark Ditsworth, First Base - Gus Rodriguez, Second Base - Jim Jackson, Third Base - Chris Coskey|