Sam Houston State surprised many and won the Lubbock regional in this year’s NCAA baseball tournament, upending hosts and No. 5 overall national seed Texas Tech to advance into the Tallahassee super regional. This is Sam Houston’s first super regional appearance in program history.
So the Bearkats with a K are locked into action with Florida State in the opening volley of the best of three super regional series at the Seminoles’ home park. Sam Houston has been pestering their hosts all afternoon with their idiomatic style of play, bunting themselves around the bases to the the tune of a 5-2 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning and with the bases loaded, FSU designated hitter Quincy Nieporte slapped a hard grounder to third, and the Bearkats infield swallowed that thing up whole.
From third to second to first for three immediate outs, all in time. That’s how you tear off a 5-4-3 triple play.
The Horned Frogs capped 2017 by earning a CWS bid for the fourth straight year, a testament to skipper Jim Schlossnagle’s ability to get his teams ready for postseason play. TCU handled upstart Missouri State in the Fort Worth super and went undefeated through the regionals as well. Though without the services of last year’s bomber, Luken Baker, due to an arm injury, the Frogs can still pound the ball. Catcher Evan Skoug has blazed through the tournament, blasting four homers in five games before Omaha.
Starter Jared Janczak and bridge relief man Sean Wymer headline a pitching staff that owns a 3.99 ERA on the season. Janczak dealt with a shoulder injury earlier in the season, but he’s put on fine form here in June, sporting a 1.82 ERA.