By Eric Olson
AP Sports Writer
OMAHA, Neb. – Boomer White drove in the go-ahead run in a dramatic eighth inning, and TCU beat Big 12 rival Texas Tech 3-2 in the College World Series on Sunday.
The Horned Frogs (48-16) fell behind in the top of the eighth after starting pitcher Preston Morrison left the game, but they came back in the bottom half against Tech closer Jonny Drozd.
TCU, the No. 7 national seed, moves to a Tuesday game against the winner between Virginia and Mississippi on Sunday night. Texas Tech (45-20), in the CWS for the first time, will play the Virginia-Ole Miss loser in the afternoon.
TCU closer Riley Ferrell (3-1) earned the win in relief of Preston Morrison, who allowed five singles and struck out a career-high 10 in 7 1-3 innings. Drozd (7-1) took the loss.
TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle called on Ferrell after Morrison gave up a sharply hit single to Stephen Smith. Anthony Lyons followed with a pinch-hit single, and then Tyler Neslony drove a ball the right-field wall for a 2-1 lead.
The Frogs went back ahead in the bottom half. Keaton Jones scored from second when second baseman Alec Humphreys, who had just entered the game, overthrew first after stopping Cody Jones’ grounder up the middle. Jones went to second on the play and scored on White’s two-out base hit to left.
The Red Raiders threatened in the ninth on Tim Proudfoot’s infield single and an error that allowed Hunter Redman to reach with two out. The game ended when pinch-hitter Todd Ritchie grounded out.
TCU beat Texas Tech for the third time in five meetings this season.
TCU scored on White’s sacrifice fly in the first inning, and Morrison made it hold up until the eighth. The Big 12 pitcher of the year outdueled Tech starter Chris Sadberry, striking out eight through four innings. Sadberry gave up three hits, walked two and struck out five before giving way to Drodz.
The Frogs came in with the nation’s best ERA (2.19), and their bullpen came into the game having allowed two runs in 28 1-3 innings.