OMAHA, Neb. — Matt Curry hit a go-ahead grand slam in Texas Christian's eight-run eighth inning as the Horned Frogs eliminated Florida State 11-7 Wednesday night, extending the Seminoles' run of futility at the College World Series.
The Seminoles (48-20) have been to Omaha 20 times, 14 under coach Mike Martin, and have never won the title.
The dramatic win carries the Horned Frogs (53-13) to the Bracket 1 championship in their first CWS appearance. They play UCLA on Friday, needing to beat the Bruins twice to reach next week's best-of-three finals.
The Seminoles, who sent the rival Gators home, blew a five-run lead against TCU.
Third baseman Sherman Johnson committed the Seminoles' fifth error to start the eighth, and it was a two-run game when Curry came to bat against Mike McGee.
Curry was down 1-and-2 in the count before McGee threw in the dirt, then high to run it full. Curry put a big swing on the next pitch. He watched for a moment and turned to teammates in the dugout, shaking fists while starting his trot as the ball went over the high centerfield fence for his team-leading 18th homer.
Jantzen Witte followed with a two-run homer off Hunter Scantling.
Clemson 6, Okla. 4: The Tigers (45-23) took advantage of the Sooners' fourth-inning pitching meltdown and a costly error in the fifth.
Oklahoma (50-17) scored each of the last three innings but couldn't come all the way back from the 6-1 deficit it faced when the game was suspended after the fifth Tuesday because of weather.
The Tigers move to the Bracket 2 championship Friday against either Oklahoma or South Carolina. Those teams play tonight, and the winner would have to beat Clemson twice.
Oklahoma, A&M had SEC invitations
ARDMORE, Okla. — The president of the University of Oklahoma said his school and Texas A&M both received invitations to join the SEC during the last round of conference realignment.
Although Oklahoma remained in the Big 12, university president David Boren said the Sooners had offers from both the SEC and the Pac-10.
"I'll put it this way — we were well positioned for whatever worked out," Boren said.
SEC spokesman Craig Pinkerton would not comment on what Boren said. Boren declined to say who in the SEC issued the invitation, only that that person had the authority to do so.
Boren said the Pac-10 offer was for five Big 12 schools — Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech — to join as a group. "There had to be an eastern division of schools," he said.
Boren said the SEC extended offers only to Oklahoma and Texas A&M, both of which opted to stay in the Big 12 after Colorado left for the Pac-10 and Nebraska left for the Big Ten. Because the SEC offer didn't include two of the Sooners' key rivals, Oklahoma State and Texas, Boren said he didn't consider it a good option.