Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park doesn’t really allow for home runs. Its outfields are deep, and the wind generally blows in from direct center. Bring all the power hitting you want, but you’re going to have a tough time getting out of there.
But nobody apparently told that to Harrison, who proceeded to rock a wondrous smash out into the left-field bleachers, thus earning the first grand slam in TD Ameritrade’s College World Series history. That brought the score to 8-0, advantage Beavers.
But that wasn’t the end of Newman’s night, as he walked the first batter he faced in the seventh, advanced the runner on a wild pitch, allowed him to steal second, then bagged another on a wild pitch. In all, three Oregon State runners would cross, and suddenly the bloodbath was on. 11-0 and LSU facing down their first goose egg in CWS history.
Pitcher No. 5 was done. One inning pitched, two hits, five earned runs, one strikeout, and 10 batters faced.
Matthew Beck then took over and popped up the final out of the inning, an admirable feat considering the Tigers were hemorrhaging runs at that point. He threw a full inning, but after walking a guy and coughing up a double he got the ax with two outs in the eighth.
That pen action would eventually end Bennett’s night, as Adam Wolf came on to try and end the rally. Leadoff man Austen Wade managed a single to plate Merrill, and Wolf allowed no further runs in the frame. Still, though, the damage had been done, and TCU held a substantial lead into the top of the third, 4-0.
Louisville finally busted through in the top of the third, thanks to a Josh Showers single that put across Devin Mann from second. The Cards could manage no more, though, despite their bats finding the ball and some hit batters antics from Wolf.