Derek Odell had a two-run single, ace Brandon Finnegan took a shutout into the seventh inning and Texas Christian beat
Finnegan (9-3), the 17th overall pick by Kansas City earlier in the week, was cruising with a two-hitter when he walked Hutton Moyer and Chris Fornaci knocked him out of the game with a two-run homer in the seventh to get the Waves within a run.
TCU closer Riley Ferrell pitched 1 2/3 innings for his 15th save, starting with a strikeout of Brad Anderson and a groundout from Pepperdine's leading hitter, Aaron Barnett, with runners at second and third in the eighth inning.
Ferrell struck out the side in the ninth to put the Horned Frogs , the No. 7 national seed, in front in the best-of-three series. They will try to secure their second trip to the College World Series on Sunday.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth inning, Odell sent a line drive over the glove of leaping third baseman Austin Davidson to score Keaton Jones and Kyle Bacak. Kevin Cron scored the decisive run on a fielder's choice from Dylan Fitzgerald in the fifth.
Pepperdine starter Corey Miller (9-5) gave up a season-high 10 hits in the first five innings against the Horned Frogs, who are in their fourth super regional in the last six years. Miller also walked four and hit a batter in 5 1/3 innings.
A berth to the College World Series will be up for grabs Sunday in the finale of the super regional series.
Vanderbilt tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the ninth when Stanford reliever A.J. Vanegas hit Xavier Turner with the bases loaded in a rally started when Dansby Swanson reached first on a wild pitch after striking out. But Rhett Wiseman grounded out to second, leaving the bases loaded.
Texas is headed to Omaha for the 35th time, more than any other school, after missing the
The Cardinals have appeared in the College World Series three times since Coach Dan McDonnell was hired in 2007. Before his arrival in Louisville, the Cardinals had never won a game in the NCAA tournament.
Sadberry worked a career-best eight innings as Texas Tech improved to 32-4 at home and took the lead in the best-of-three series.
In a matchup of All-
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