TCU and LSU got another crack at each other in the final elimination game before the semifinals of the 2015 College World Series. TCU defeated LSU in their first matchup in the College World Series, sending the Tigers to the loser's bracket.
There will be no rest for the weary. The winner goes on to face defending national champion Vanderbilt Friday.
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Continue below for the winner of TCU and LSU's affair and a recap of all of the action.
TCU Bats Stay Hot, Move on to Semifinals
Behind Dane Steinhagen and Evan Skoug, TCU's offense got it done yet again, defeating LSU 8-4 to advance to the semifinals of the College World Series.
A 10-hit evening ensures they will be taking on Vanderbilt in their next matchup.
LSU left fielder Jake Fraley worked out a 12-pitch walk as the Tigers immediately made Mitchell Traver work. After Fraley stole second, Kade Scivicque, who came into the College World Series batting .500, punched a single the other way to score the game's first baserunner.
Even though LSU's pressure only resulted in a single run, they made Traver throw 25 pitches in the first inning. It was a good omen for the Tigers, too. This season, they were 22-0 when scoring in the first inning.
That was about to change.
Two walks and a single loaded the bases for TCU in the bottom of the second. Zac Person, who was making his second start of the season for LSU, went up 0-2 against Keaton Jones, then threw him four straight balls to walk in the tying run for TCU. Person was done after striking out Nolan Brown for the inning's first out.
The first pitch from Hunter Newman was smacked by Garrett Crain to score two, and TCU took a 3-1 lead. Newman managed to limit the damage and get out of the inning.
LSU began to chip right back. An infield hit by Alex Bregman set up Fraley, who ripped a triple to right-center, cutting the deficit to one. A pitch later, it was all tied up when Traver threw a wild pitch that brought home the tying run in Fraley.
Bregman, the second overall pick in the draft this year, also showed off the leather in the bottom of the fourth. Ranging to his right almost perpendicular with second base, Bregman delivered a spinning throw right on the money to throw out Derek Odell.
But LSU's pitchers could not get the job done. Eight pitchers appeared in Thursday night's game.
TCU retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Skoug ripped a double down the right field line with runners on first and second, scoring one. Steinhagen knocked in another two with a single to right field, putting TCU up 6-3.
D1 Baseball's Kendall Rogers watched the Horned Frogs tack on two more in the seventh through a fielder's choice and an RBI single from Steinhagen.
While LSU was throwing out a patchwork pitching staff, TCU's arms were consistent and dominant. Reliever Trey Teakell came into relief for Traver and delivered 4.1 innings of perfect ball: no runs, no hits and one strikeout.
LSU's attempt at a comeback fell short after making it 8-4 and stranding runners on second and third.