TCU freshman Luken Baker homered in his first at bat and the Horned Frogs beat Coastal Carolina 6-1 Tuesday night in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
“I got a fastball up and away I could handle and put a good swing on it, and I was a little more excited for this one than a few of the ones I’ve had in the past because it was my first opposite-field one,” Baker told the Associated Press.
The Chanticleers had beaten No. 1 seed Florida on Sunday in their first ever CWS game. CCU will now face Texas Tech on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET in a loser’s bracket elimination game.
“My frustration is even though we won a game, we had to have a heroic pitching effort to get it done,” Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore said. “We’re a better team than we’ve shown. Hopefully we can come back Thursday and show people how we actually got here.”
Two unearned runs in the fifth opened it up for TCU. They came after third baseman Zach Remillard’s throwing error, and a run came home in the sixth on Dane Steinhagen’s double-play grounder. Michael Landestoy tripled in a run and scored on an error to make it a five-run game in the ninth.
CCU starter Alex Cunningham went 4 1/3 innings and gave up three runs, just one earned.