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College World Series - Game 9
By Phil Stanton
The game that had a roller-coaster feel to it had
that feel on its biggest play.
TCU trailed 7-5 with two outs and the bases
loaded in the top of the eighth. Matt Curry crushed a 3-2 pitch
that looked to be a grand slam to center. But Florida State
centerfielder Tyler Holt looked like he was preparing to catch
the fly. He suddenly turned and watched the ball sail out of
Rosenblatt Stadium to put the Horned Frogs ahead 9-7.
“When I hit it, I knew it was gone,” Curry said,
“because I’ve hit some home runs and I usually know when I get
them. I look and I’m all fired up. And I looked back out there
and he’s camped underneath it. My heart sank in my stomach. I’m
like, ‘There’s no way this ball’s not leaving.’ I just happened
to look up, and that’s when I got fired up again.”
“Holt had me fooled,” said TCU head coach Jim
Schlossnagle. “I almost dropped onto my knees in tears when I
saw him camped under that ball. He was hoping maybe it hit the
fence and he could keep somebody from scoring. I did not see the
ball go out of the park. I just saw Holt not catch it.”
“The next inning, Holt got on first base,” Curry
said, “and I asked him ‘Did you mean to do that? Were you
meaning to scare me like that or did you just not see it?’ He
said, ‘I never saw it off the bat. The twilight got me. So I was
just camping, hoping I could hold some runs.’ I guess he just
never saw it.”
Curry’s grand slam was the 47th in College World
Series history. It was the first since Kole Calhoun hit one for
Arizona State on June 18, 2008.
TCU has two wins in its first College World
Series appearance. Since 1999, only two other teams have won at
least twice in their initial trip to Omaha: Louisiana-Lafayette
(2-2) in 2000 and UC Irvine (2-2) in 2007.
Holt started his 199th consecutive game, the
longest active streak in Division I.
Florida State went 1-2 in its 20th trip to the
College World Series. No team has made that many trips to Omaha
without winning a national championship.