Wichita State pounds Horned Frogs in Day 2
NORMAN, Okla. -- Wichita State pounded out 20 hits and routed TCU 18-8 on Saturday night in a winner's bracket game in the NCAA baseball tournament.
The 18 runs are the most TCU (39-22) has given up in since allowing 20 to Oklahoma on April 5, 2005, and the most that perennial power Wichita State (46-20) has scored in a NCAA regional.
TCU had an 11-game winning streak snapped. The Horned Frogs, who beat host Oklahoma in the opening round of the Norman regional, will play the Sooners again Sunday in an elimination game, with the winner to face Wichita State. The Shockers need one win in two possible tries to advance to next weekend's super-regional round.
Wichita State didn't score in the first inning, but scored in every other inning except for the eighth. The teams combined for 34 hits.
TCU starter Brad Furnish (8-6) was pulled after Wichita State's Brandon Hall hit the second of his back-to-back solo home runs in the second and third innings. Hall's first career multi-homer game raised his season home run total to three.
Furnish yielded six runs on five hits in two innings.
Wichita State's Derek Schermerhorn set career highs in hits and RBIs with five each as he went 5-for-6. The Shockers' top five batters combined for 16 of the team's 20 hits and 12 of their 18 runs.
Travis Banwart (9-4) started for Wichita State and allowed seven runs on nine hits, but the Shockers had the game in hand when he was replaced in the seventh inning.
TCU took an early 2-0 lead but the Shockers rallied with a five-run second inning, highlighted by back-to-back doubles by Schermerhorn and Matt Brown. Wichita State also had an eight-run sixth inning that included a triple, two doubles, three singles and four walks.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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