TCU blasts Texas A&M out of Regional
Crichton throws six-hitter, Odell homers for Horned Frogs in win
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Stefan Crichton threw a six-hitter and Derek Odell homered to lead TCU to a 10-2 victory against Texas A&M on Sunday, eliminating the College Station Regional's top seed.
The Horned Frogs scored lone runs in each of the first three innings -- all they'd need for the efficient Crichton (9-2), who struck out four and walked only one.
TCU (38-20) is scheduled to face Mississippi in the regional title game. The Rebels are 2-0 in the regional, and the Horned Frogs need to beat them twice.
Kyle Von Tungeln led the Horned Frogs with three hits, and had two RBIs, as did Kevin Cron and Brance Rivera. Odell's home run to right field in the bottom of the third lifted TCU to a 3-2 lead against the Aggies (43-18), who were hoping to make it to the College World Series in consecutive seasons for the first time.
"To say there is a certain amount of disappointment with our team and our coaching staff would be an understatement," Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress said. "We didn't play good enough to win today. [Stefan] Crichton and TCU's hitters didn't allow us to do that. You have to have a great performance on the mound if you are going to try to come through the loser's bracket and TCU did."
The Frogs struck first in Sunday' contest by scoring an unearned run during the bottom of the first on a RBI single by third baseman Jantzen Witte. The TCU lead expanded to 2-0 in the next inning as center fielder Von Tungeln brought home a second run with a single to center. Both runs were unearned tallies against Texas A&M starter Rafeal Pineda, who lasted only two innings during his first start on the mound since May 19 at Oklahoma State.
Junior All-American right fielder Tyler Naquin got the Aggies on the board and tied the game during the top of the third as he followed hits by Jace Statum and Arthur with a two-run double to the right center gap.
The 2-2 tie did not last long; however, as TCU second baseman Odell put the Horned Frogs back on top with a two-out, solo home run off A&M reliever Daniel Mengden (3-4). The score was one of six two-out runs for the Frogs during the contest.
TCU took complete control of the game by scoring three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, with the big hit coming in the form of a two-run long ball off the bat of Cron.
"When you only hang two zeros out of eight innings, that tells you TCU has things rolling offensively," Childress said. "They are going to be a tough team tonight. They scored 28 runs yesterday and then today that carried over. They have momentum; that's something we weren't able to grab."
The back-to-back big innings were more than enough support for Crichton, who tossed his first complete game of the season. Crichton, a right-hander, limited the Aggies to just two runs on six hits during his 108-pitch outing.
Texas A&M Athletics contributed to this story.