Legends are made in Omaha during this time of year. Luken Baker just put everyone at the College World Series on notice.
With TCU down a run in the ninth, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year took an inside pitch and turned on it for a three-run home run in Sunday’s 5-3 comeback win over fifth-seeded Texas Tech.
Cam Warner homered for the Frogs in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie, his third homer during the NCAA tournament. The Red Raiders, Big 12 regular-season champs, came back to tie the game and then took the lead in the eighth on a RBI double by Hunter Hargrove.
Then Baker provided the heroics for the Frogs with two on and one out in the ninth.
Baker connected on a 1-0 pitch off Texas Tech reliever Robert Dugger for what is the biggest hit of the season so far for TCU. The Horned Frogs have made three straight trips to the College World Series, but ended up with early exits after getting there.
The pitching kept the Frogs in the game. Starter Jared Janczak struck out eight in 4 2/3 innings, becoming the fifth pitcher in the last 30 years to strike out eight in less than five innings. Brian Trieglaff added five strikeouts in three innings of relief. Durbin Feltman closed the door in the ninth to get the win.
TCU will play in the winner’s bracket Tuesday night against the winner of Florida-Coastal Carolina. Texas Tech will try to stay alive in the tournament against the loser of the Florida-Coastal Carolina game that afternoon.
Written by C.James