Three homeruns and only nine hits were more than enough for TCU to keep their 2010 College World Series hopes alive with a 6-2 win over UCLA. The victory by the Horned Frogs forces a second Bracket 1 title game, to be held on Saturday, and the winner will advance to the championship finals.
Bracket 2 will also be going to a second title game because of South Carolina's win over Clemson 5-1. The Gamecocks, who ousted top-seeded Arizona State, were carried by pitcher Michael Roth. Though it was his first start in 14 months and had previously pitched, at most, 4 1/3 innings, Roth completed the game with four strikeouts and allowed only three hits.
For the third game in a row, South Carolina has held off elimination. Kyle Enders homered in the fourth innings and also brought in two other RBIs, as did Jackie Bradley. With Roth in excellent form, Clemson had little chance to get any hits or create any momentum. The two teams will meet up again on Saturday to see who will continue to the finals.
TCU pitcher Matt Purke didn't get much in the way of strikeouts against the Bruins, but his fielders did the rest for him. Fourteen ground balls were transformed into outs by TCU, while Purke only got two strikeouts, one of his lowest number in the season. He still had a better day than UCLA's Rob Rasmussen.
The second-round pick for the Florida Marlins, Rasmussen recorded six strikeouts but gave up just as many hits plus three runs before retiring in the fifth inning. Garrett Claypool relieved Rasmussen, yet had no more luck. TCU got three more runs, including two more homeruns off Claypool. Tyler Featherson hit one of those homers to bring in two runs and put TCU up by three in the seventh. Another run in the eighth sealed the win for the Horned Frogs and guaranteed another match up against the Bruins.