Let’s pause here to give it up for TCU’s pen, which shut down Florida’s bat through the middle-late innings. There’s no need for an actual phone to the pen when your guys are throwing lights-out stuff.
TCU scored their ninth run on a sac-groundout to bring it up to 9-2, and the Gators had nothing to say after that, so a Saturday rubber match to decide the other party in the CWS final two was needed.
The average pop time (from the catcher’s mitt to the mitt of the infielder covering second base) is between 1.9 and 2 seconds. Montero got one throw off to second that was under two seconds, and that one came in at 1.96.
Some of that has to do with the Cubs pitchers being slow to third base. But four of the runners reached when Montero dropped the ball or couldn’t handle the pitch. To be fair, one of those pitches was in the dirt and would have been a wild pitch if the runner wasn’t running, but the other ones were fumbles and drops.
One big upset of the day occurred in the Tallahassee regional, where No. 4 seed Tennessee Tech which slapped the most home runs in the NCAA this year upended the hosting Seminoles, 3-1. The Golden Eagles required just two pitchers on the day, with Michael Wood and Travis Moths splitting the work of six and three innings, respectively. Now, FSU will have to fight its way out of the losers bracket.
But the biggest upset of the day went down in Chapel Hill, where Davidson topped No. 2 overall national seed North Carolina, 8-4. The Tar Heels were never in it, and the Wildcats needed just two arms to get the job done. A full five Davidson players notched RBI, and UNC’s bats fell dead asleep until a three-run seventh inning.