The Chanticleers went on a hit parade in the 3rd and 4th innings, scoring a combined 5 runs with two outs in those frames. Starter Jared Janczak was chased after the third inning, and the TCU bullpen allowed the last four runs.
This game marks the third straight year the Frogs have been eliminated in the College World Series.
For TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle, this year hurts more than some of the others.
“It’s as disappointed as I’ve ever been leaving this great city,” Schlossnagle said. “We had the club to win this thing.”
The main difference in the game was between the two teams’ performance with runners in scoring position. The Frogs were just 2-8, whereas CCU went 6-17.
“We were putting the ball in play, some hits just didn’t fall in for us,” senior centerfielder Dane Steinhagen said. “Some timely hits that we needed, we just couldn’t get.”
Coastal got the scoring started in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run from Tyler Chadwick.
G.K. Young would drive in the next two runs in the game with a triple to center field that rattled around Steinhagen’s glove and popped out in the third inning.
“I kept my eyes focused on the ball, and I didn’t check the wall,” Steinhagen said. “I was just kind of banking on hearing the warning track. It was in there, it just kind of ricocheted out.”
TCU got on the scoreboard in the 4th, when Elliot Barzilli’s single scored Cam Warner.
Coastal added four runs in the bottom of the 4th inning with two outs, as two singles and a double made it 7-1 Chanticleers.
From there, the Frogs began to slowly chip away at the lead.
Luken Baker grounded out to second base on a fielder’s choice to score Warner in the sixth inning. Ryan Merrill’s sac fly scored a run and chased starter Alex Cunningham in the seventh, and Michael Landestoy’s groundout scored another in the inning to make it 7-4.
In the ninth, TCU mounted one final rally, with Steinhagen hitting his second double of the game and Merrill driving him home on a single to bring the score to 7-5.
But Landestoy hit into a double play to end the season on the next at-bat, and just like that, TCU’s “rebuilding” year ended two runs away from the CWS finals.
Coastal Carolina will go on to play Arizona in the final series on Monday. TCU will go home to Fort Worth, and begin setting their sights on a fourth straight trip to Omaha.