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TCU Eliminated from College World Series With 3-2 Loss to Florida

The TCU Horned Frogs season came to an end at the College World Series on Wednesday with a 3-2 loss to the No. 2 seed Florida Gators.

The loss sends TCU (44-24) back home to Fort Worth after making it to the national semifinals despite not landing a national seed in the tournament. Meanwhile, Florida (53-15) advances to the Championship Series, where it will face either No. 1 Wake Forest or No. 5 LSU.

TCU starter Kole Klecker went 5.0 IP allowing six hits, one walk, and just the two earned runs in the first. Ben Abeldt came to relieve Klecker in the sixth and was terrific for the Frogs, going 3.0 with three hits and five strikeouts. In the ninth, Garrett Wright came to the mound and allowed one hit in four batters faced.

 

On the other side, Florida superstar Jac Caglianone drew the start and struggled with control while on the mound. In 4.1 IP, he allowed three hits, three walks, and one run with four strikeouts. Ryan Slater came in to finish the fifth and sixth innings, with Cade Fisher coming in for 1.1 innings of work. The Gators turned to All-American closer Brandon Neely to close things out in the eighth, going 1.2 IP with two hits with one run and two strikeouts.

The scoring got started in a hurry in this one, with Florida’s Josh Rivera sending a no-doubter over the left field wall to make it 2-0, Gators, after Wyatt Langford drew a walk earlier in the inning.

TCU answered in the bottom half of the first when Brayden Taylor singled to right center field to bring home Karson Bowen, who reached on a walk, to cut the lead to 2-1.

 

From there, the runs were hard to come by as both teams posted goose eggs from the second inning through the seven-and-a-half innings. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, TCU evened the score at two apiece after a single from Braden Taylor. Florida answered right back though, with an RBI single from Cade Kurland to make it 3-2, Gators.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, TCU’s Braden Taylor ripped an 0-2 pitch deep to centerfield that nearly cleared the wall for a tying run, but Florida centerfielder Michael Robertson made a leaping grab to end the game.

TCU has several chances to win this game, but just left too many runners on when it needed scores. With four walks and six hits, they managed just two runs against the Gators, which proved just short of what it needed to survive. Still, TCU’s season ended on one hell of a run, and the Horned Frogs should have nothing to be ashamed of as they head back to Fort Worth.

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