4:30 PM ET, June 25, 2010
Purke, Lockwood stymie UCLA to help TCU force elimination game
OMAHA, Neb. -- Matt Purke did it a different way. The result was the same.The undefeated freshman won his nation-leading and school-record 16th game Friday, combining with Tyler Lockwood to hold UCLA to four singles in a 6-2 victory that kept the Horned Frogs alive at the College World Series.TCU (54-13) forced a second Bracket 1 title game against UCLA on Saturday, with the winner going to the best-of-three finals beginning Monday.Purke, with his 97 mph fastball, is a strikeout pitcher if there ever was one. But of the 19 outs he recorded Friday, 14 came on ground balls and just two were strikeouts. It was his fewest strikeouts in an outing of three innings or longer."This place is an adventure," Purke said. "You never know what's going to happen here. We've been told since we knew we were coming to expect the unexpected. I was able to go out today a little different than what I'm used to throwing. But hey, I'll take groundball outs all day and no balls in the air. So not bad."Taylor Featherston hit the biggest of TCU's three home runs, going deep off Garett Claypool to give TCU a three-run lead in the bottom of the seventh after the Bruins (50-15) had closed to 3-2.
• TCU became the first CWS newcomer to record more than two wins since Nomar Garciaparra's 1994 Georgia Tech team finished as the runner-up.
• Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1999, five of eight teams that forced an "if necessary" game in pool play have won that game to advance to the championship.
• The Bruins are one win away from reaching the CWS finals in both softball and baseball this year.
|1st||T Featherston walked, B Holaday scored, J Coats to third, J Witte to second.||0||1|
|2nd||J Pena singled to center, A Schultz scored.||0||2|
|4th||J Pena homered to left.||0||3|
|5th||B Krill singled to center, C Giovinazzo scored.||1||3|
|7th||N Gallego grounded into fielder's choice to third, C Regis scored, J Gelalich to third, S Rodriguez to second.||2||3|
|7th||T Featherston homered to left, M Curry scored.||2||5|
|8th||B Holaday homered to left.||2||6|
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|Weather:||90 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires:||Home Plate - Paul Guillie, First Base - Kelly Gonzales, Second Base - David Savage, Third Base - AJ Lostaglio|