Wymer preserves another TCU victory to end Louisville’s season
Horned Frog reliever Sean Wymer does it again for TCU, locking down the final 4.1 innings of a 4-3 elimination game triumph in the College World Series.
The Frogs eliminated the Louisville Cardinals and continue their season for at least another day as they now face Florida in another elimination game.
Head coach Jim Schlossnagle praised Wymer’s efforts at a press conference following the Thursday game.
“Obviously the story tonight is Sean and how well he pitched out of the bullpen for us,” Schlossnagle said.
Wymer entered the game in the fifth inning with TCU leading Louisville by a run and needing to retire Dick Howser Trophy winner and the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft Brendan McKay, with the tying run in scoring position and the go-ahead run at first base. He struck him out.
“His poise is like no other, and he’s at his best all the time,” right fielder Austen Wade said of Wymer. “He was dominant tonight, and it was fun playing behind him.”
McKay stepped up to the plate once again in the eighth inning with the tying run at first base. He had already crushed a home run off starter Nick Lodolo to deep right-center field. The Cardinals’ pinch runner Ryan Summers was picked off by Horned Frog catcher Evan Skoug, turning McKay into just the tying run, but Wymer put him away swinging on a 3-2 count to end the eighth, maintaining the one-run advantage. Wymer finished the game allowing just two hits and striking out five Cardinals on 57 pitches, earning the winning decision. He retired 12 of the 14 hitters that he faced.
“He just commanded the zone really well, and he could get ahead with pitcher’s pitches, strikes that hitters don’t want to swing at or just are well located and a hitter can’t pull the trigger on it,” Louisville first baseman Brendan McKay said of Wymer. “Then he coupled that with some great off-speed that had some good action, and he kept it down in the zone fairly well.”
TCU first baseman Connor Wanhanen, a teammate of Wymer’s at Flower Mound High School, said Wymer has taken his game to another level. Read More