The No. 2 national seed UCLA Bruins were rated as heavy favorites as they stepped into the box in their super regional matchup with the Texas Christian Horned Frogs. However, it took arguably the biggest comeback of the season by the Bruins to overtake TCU as UCLA won on Friday 6-2.
The Horned Frogs were up 2-1 in the sixth inning, then TCU decided to make a pitching change.
TCU manager Jim Schlossnagle brought in junior submariner Justin Scharf to relieve Brandon Finnegan after the starting pitcher walked Bruins catcher Tyler Heineman on four pitches and hit Cody Keefer to start the inning. Scharf then loaded the bases by hitting another batter, then gave up a game-tying single to Bruins second baseman Trevor Brown. Pat Valaika put the Bruins up 3-2 with a groundout to first, scoring another. After pinch-hitter Brenton Allen was walked intentionally, junior first baseman Cody Regis came to plate and knocked a gapper into left for a bases-clearing double, giving the Bruins a 6-2 lead.
TCU will have to get over the bad inning and prepare for game two. The Horned Frogs and the Bruins will face off on Saturday evening at 8 p.m Central Time. Sophomore righthander Nick Vander Tuig will start for UCLA, while TCU will send freshman righthander Preston Morrison to the mound.