June 16, 2014 in Sports

TCU beats Texas Tech at College World Series

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From left to right, TCU’s Cody Jones, Boomer White and Dylan Fitzgerald celebrate their win.
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OMAHA, Neb. – Boomer White drove in the go-ahead run in a dramatic eighth inning, and TCU beat Big 12 rival Texas Tech 3-2 in the College World Series on Sunday.

The Horned Frogs (48-16) fell behind in the top of the eighth after starting pitcher Preston Morrison left the game, but they came back in the bottom half against Tech closer Jonny Drozd.

TCU, the No. 7 national seed, moves to a Tuesday game against Virginia. Texas Tech (45-20), in the CWS for the first time, will play Ole Miss on Tuesday.

TCU closer Riley Ferrell (3-1) earned the win in relief of Preston Morrison, who allowed five singles and struck out a career-high 10 in 7 1/3 innings. Drozd (7-1) took the loss.

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle called on Ferrell after Morrison gave up a sharply hit single to Stephen Smith. Anthony Lyons followed with a pinch-hit single, and then Tyler Neslony drove a ball the right-field wall for a 2-1 lead.

The Frogs went back ahead in the bottom half. Keaton Jones scored from second when second baseman Alec Humphreys, who had just entered the game, overthrew first after stopping Cody Jones’ grounder up the middle. Jones went to second on the play and scored on White’s two-out base hit to left.

• UVA gets walk-off win: Mike Papi’s RBI double into right-center with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Virginia a 2-1 victory over Mississippi.

The Cavaliers’ win came after Nathan Kirby and Artie Lewicki combined for the first one-hitter at the CWS since 1983.

The Rebels elected to pitch to Virginia’s top hitter and RBI leader even though first base was unoccupied. Aaron Greenwood (3-2) ran the count full before Papi drilled the ball into the gap, allowing Nate Irving to score from second.

Lewicki (2-0) earned the win in relief after Kirby gave up one hit and one run over seven innings. Ole Miss converted two walks and a groundout to tie it in the eighth.

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