OMAHA, Neb. – Boomer White knocked in two runs, including the game-winning single in the eighth, as TCU defeated Texas Tech 3-2 in Game 3 of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. White was 1-for-3 on the day with a costly error and yet would get the opportunity to be the hero coming up with the right hit at the right time.
Red Raiders’ starter Chris Sadberry came in with a 1.35 ERA in the NCAA Tournament and looking to add to his streak of eight straight scoreless innings and continue his team’s scoreless inning streak as Texas Tech had thrown 27 consecutive scoreless innings to get to Omaha.
Both streaks ended abruptly as TCU made good on Cody Jones’ lead-off double to left in the first with immediate Horned Frogs’ small ball. Derek Odell dropped a sac bunt to move Jones to third and White followed up with sac fly to center to take the early 1-0 lead.
Sadberry allowed only one other runner to reach second before he retired the final seven Horned Frogs he faced before leaving after seven innings with five strikeouts.
TCU Junior Preston Morrison was equally dominant in a 10 strikeout performance. The righty retired nine straight Red Raiders before allowing a one-out single in the eighth. The Horned Frogs then turned the game over to automatic closer Riley Ferrell for a five-out save opportunity.
Texas Tech had other plans as pinch hitter Anthony Lyons drove a single to left but White allowed the ball to slide under his glove putting two runners in scoring position. In the next at bat, Tyler Neslony drove a ball triple to the wall in right that was just missed by Dylan Fitzgerald allowing Zach Davis and Lyons to score as the Red Raiders took their first lead of the day at 2-1.
Ferrell would escape the jam against the heart of the lineup inducing Eric Gutierrez into a come-backer and then striking out Adam Kirsch. TCU would make the lead short-lived as a throwing error by Tech second baseman Bryan Burleson allowed Keaton Jones to score to tie the game and move Cody Jones to second.
White then slapped a single into shallow left that allowed Cody Jones to score from second to recapture the lead at 3-2. Ferrell came back for his second inning of work and after an error put two runners on with two-outs Ferrell got a Todd Ritchie groundout to end the game.
TCU advances to the winner’s bracket and will play the winner of Game 4 between Virginia and Ole Miss at 7:00 PM on Tuesday. Texas Tech will play the loser of Game 4 in an elimination game on Tuesday at 2:00 PM.