June 23, 2010
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Rally Turtle helps
Horned Frogs eliminate Seminoles
By Phil Stanton
Neb. – It was the thriller fans in Omaha were waiting to
A grand slam by Matt Curry (left) highlighted an
eight-run eighth as TCU rallied past Florida State 11-7
Wednesday evening in Game 9 of the 2010 College World Series in
front of 22,541 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The Horned Frogs (53-13) will face UCLA on Friday
afternoon at 3:30 p.m. TCU would have to beat the Bruins once on
Friday and again on Saturday to advance to the championship
Florida State finished its season with a 48-20
TCU trailed 7-3 after seven innings. One of the
players drew something in the dirt prior to the eighth.
“That was our rally turtle,” said catcher Bryan
Holaday. “We were basically digging in the toolbox, trying to
find something to energize the dugout, trying to get everybody
into the game and realize that it wasn’t over yet, we could
still fight back.”
“We were feeding him, giving him water and
everything,” said Curry. “He got us that rally. You’ll probably
see it again.”
Jantzen Witte reached on an
error to start the rally and scored on a fielder’s choice by
Brance Rivera. Holaday had a RBI double off the wall in left
with two outs to make it 7-5. He made a slick slide at second to
avoid the tag.
“I was thinking two all the way,” Holaday said,
“trying to get the tying run in scoring position and the throw
beat me there. And that’s part of TCU Baseball is taking pride
in the small things like sliding. Coach [Randy] Mazey, our base
running coach, has done a terrific job with everybody on working
on sliding, just in case you got in that moment, and it paid off
Jason Coats walked to load the bases. Matt Curry
crushed a grand slam to center to give the Frogs their first
lead of the game at 9-7.
“Definitely the biggest home run of my career,”
Curry said. “When I hit it, I knew it was gone.”
Josh Elander had a pinch-hit single before Witte
went deep to push the TCU lead to 11-7.
“Amazing game,” said TCU head coach Jim
Schlossnagle. “Some things happened in that inning that we pride
ourselves on: Rivera beating out the double play ball, Holaday’s
hit and great slide at second base, and Coats laying off the 3-2
breaking ball to get Matt to the plate was outstanding.”
The Seminoles loaded the bases with one out in
the bottom of the frame for Sherman Johnson and Mike McGee, the
pair which homered in the first. Johnson struck out swinging for
the second out. McGee, who surrendered the grand slam to Curry
in the top of the inning, hit a soft liner to second to end the
Johnson and McGee hit back-to-back homers in the
bottom of the first as the Seminoles took the early 2-0 lead.
The Frogs fought back with a pair in the top of
the third. Aaron Schultz reached on an error and scored on an
error, and Curry added a run-scoring single as TCU tied it at 2.
FSU reclaimed the lead in
the bottom of the frame as James Ramsey had a run-scoring triple
with two outs and came home on a base hit by Stephen Cardullo as
the Seminoles took a 4-2 lead.
In the fifth, Cardullo had a sacrifice fly and
Jayce Boyd ripped a two-run double as Florida State built a 7-2
Jerome Pena pounds a one-out homer in the top of
the seventh and TCU gets two on with two outs, but pinch-hitter
Kyle Von Tungeln strikes out looking to keep FSU on top 7-3.
Curry finished with a career-high five RBI for
the Frogs. Witte had three hits, two runs and two RBI.
Johnson had three hits and three runs, while
Cardullo added three hits and two RBI for FSU.
(photos courtesy of TCU Media Relations Office)