Pitching the key in Vanderbilt rematch


    A solo homerun was the winning difference when the Horned Frogs fell to the Vanderbilt Commodores in their first meeting in the College World Series.

    Their rematch tonight will likely be another pitching duel. TCU and Vanderbilt are expected to roll out two experienced pitchers with postseason play.

    Lefty Tyler Alexander is starting for the Frogs. Alexander threw six perfect innings in the 8-2 win over N.C. State in the Fort Worth Regional.

    He stumbled in Game 1 of the next round against the Aggies. He was pulled after Texas A&M scored four runs on nine hits. Trey Teakell got the save in the 13-4 win.

    Vanderbilt is starting Walker Buehler, who’s coming off 18 days of rest.

    The junior right-hander threw five scoreless innings, giving up only two hits against Radford in the Nashville Regional.

    A first round MLB draft pick for the L.A. Dodgers, he started against the Horned Frogs in March in the Dodgertown Classic. He allowed just one run on three hits, but was pulled after four innings due to soreness in his elbow.

    Buehler, the first right-handed starter the Frogs will face in the CWS, has been throwing fastball in the mid-90s and a sharp curveball for strikes for most of the season.

    The Frogs will also have to face a talented group of Commodore hitters.

    Dansby Swanson, the No.1 overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks, came into the CWS with a postseason batting average of .350, but he is hitless in Omaha.

    Pitcher are avoiding TCU center fielder Cody Jones, the Big 12 Player of the Year, who’s reached base seven times and scored five runs without a hit.

    Evan Skoug and Dane Steinhagen had the hot bats for TCU in its second win against LSU. They went a combined 6-8 with six RBIs.