College World Series 2017: TCU Knocks Out Louisville with 4-3 Win on Thursday

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2017

TCU players, including Evan Skoug (9), Brian Howard (44) and Durbin Feltman (15), cheer after the team scored two runs during the second inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game against Louisville in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, June 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Nati Harnik/Associated Press

An early offensive explosion was enough for TCU to earn a 4-3 win over Louisville in Thursday's College World Series battle in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.

After TCU scored four runs in the second inning, the pitching staff took care of the rest as the Horned Frogs knocked Louisville out of the NCAA tournament.

The squad will now take on Florida, needing two straight wins to advance to the CWS Finals. The full bracket is available at NCAA.com.

Louisville coach Dan McDonnell was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a call at second base, continuing what was a frustrating day all around for his team.

Nick Bennett came in as the more established of the two starters, but the Louisville pitcher couldn't get out of the second inning.

Instead of power, it was speed that helped the Horned Frogs on the board, as described by Teddy Cahill of Baseball America:

The inning started with two ground outs but finished with three hits, a hit-by-pitch and four runs scored. Bennett was responsible for all the runs before leaving after 1.2 innings.

This slide was one of the more controversial calls of the day:

Nick Lodolo fared better early on for TCU, although Louisville showcased its deep lineup by battling back throughout the game. 

A pair of long shots from Brendan McKay and Logan Taylor helped cut the lead to 4-3:

It came down to the bullpens from there, with both sides completely shutting down the offense. Sean Wymer was the real star for the Horned Frogs, finishing with 4.1 scoreless innings and just two hits allowed.

Carlos A. Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram discussed the effort:

The team couldn't add any insurance runs, while top hitter Evan Skoug struggled to an 0-for-2 night, but Wymer's play was enough to lead the home team to victory and keep the season alive.

The Horned Frogs will now get a rematch against Florida after losing 3-0 earlier in the week. The Gators have showcased some outstanding pitching in Omaha with just one run allowed in two games, but they are far from unbeatable.

While one more loss sends TCU home, two wins will put the team in the CWS Finals.