2024 Kubota College Baseball Series - Weekend 3

TCU Baseball Defeats USC In 11 Innings At Kubota College Baseball Series

TCU Baseball Defeats USC In 11 Innings At Kubota College Baseball Series

TCU defeated USC in an 11-inning thriller to kick off the 2024 Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 3 in Arlington, Texas. TCU now is 10-0 on the year.

Mar 2, 2024 by Matt Cannizzaro
TCU Baseball Defeats USC In 11 Innings At Kubota College Baseball Series

TCU freshman Sam Myers had an unforgettable game Friday and got to be the hero for the Horned Frogs, who defeated USC in 11 innings to kick off the 2024 Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 3.

Myers delivered a one-out base hit to right field to score Chase Brunson from second base, giving No. 3 TCU a 9-8 victory and its 10th consecutive win in 2024.

Brunson was hit by a pitch to start the inning at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Ryder Robinson. 

Myers was 3 for 5 in the game with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Brunson and Robinson also contributed three hits apiece to help the Horned Frogs remain perfect on the season. 

TCU had 13 hits in the win, while leaving 14 runners on base.

Six pitchers took the mound for TCU in the extended outing, with junior right-hander Kyle Ayers taking the win. He pitched two innings for the Horned Frogs, surrendering two hits, while striking out five, to pick up his first win in 2024.

The contest was a back-and-forth battle throughout, with TCU leading 6-5 heading into the top of the ninth inning.

Control issues from the TCU pitchers saw the game take a turn, as three walks, two hit batters, a wild pitch and an infield single allowed the Trojans to score three runs and take an 8-6 lead.

TCU was able to take advantage of some USC miscues with clutch hitting, and the Horned Frogs tied the game, before USC pitcher Josh Blum entered the game and ended the threat with three consecutive strikeouts.

Blum had five strikeouts in two innings for the Trojans, but he was replaced on the mound by Michael Ryhlick, who pitched 1/3 of an inning and took the loss. 

USC had eights hits in the game and stranded 13 runners of its own. To try and slow the TCU offense, USC sent seven pitchers to the mound.

The Horned Frogs, who are coming off a successful homestand that included their first 9-0 start since 1994, are seeing their first “away” games this weekend just a few miles from their Fort Worth home.

Among their 10 wins this year, TCU has won five by one run. 

TCU and USC are being joined at Globe Life Field, home of the World Series-winning Texas Rangers, by Arizona State and Texas A&M for six games over three days.

For USC, the 2024 campaign hasn’t been as fruitful. 

The Trojans’ home field is undergoing renovations, so their home games in 2024 are split across three stadiums in South California. 

The good news is, they recently picked up a pair of wins at OC Great Park in Irvina, California. The bad news is that USC opened the season with five consecutive losses and a rainout, before winning back-to-back games against Portland. 

The Trojans, 12-time baseball national champions, now are 2-6 on the year and coming off a loss to Michigan this week.  

USC and TCU both will return to action at Globe Life Field two more times over the weekend, including a rematch to close the event Sunday evening (4 p.m. Eastern).

In Saturday’s action, USC will take on Texas A&M at 3 p.m. Eastern, and TCU will face Arizona State at 7 p.m.

This weekend’s Kubota College Baseball Series action is the final piece of two exciting weeks of college baseball at Globe Life Field. 

The festivities helped kick off the 2024 season, starting with the Shriners Children’s College Showdown from Feb. 16-18. That was followed by the multi-part Kubota College Baseball Series, which has included Mid-Week Games (Feb. 20-21), Weekend 2 (Feb. 23-25) and now Weekend 3 (March 1-3).

Follow the action live, as FloBaseball provides news and notes from each game at the 2024 Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 3.

Check Out The Game-Winning Hit For TCU

Here's the Sam Myers single that ended things against USC:

TCU Defeats USC 9-8 In Extra Innings At 2024 Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 3

Box Score


TCU Scores In Bottom Of 11th To Defeat USC

Senior left-hander Michael Ryhlick comes on to pitch for USC. He is the seventh pitcher for the Trojans in the game.

Chase Brunson is hit by a pitch and advances to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryder Robinson.

A Peyton Chatagnier intentional walk gives TCU runners on first and second, setting up the force play at any base.

Sam Myers has another big moment for TCU, delivering a one-out base hit to right field to score Brunson and end the game.

TCU wins 9-8.

TCU Baseball Returns Favor, Shuts Down USC In Top Of 11th Inning

Kyle Ayers strikes out two to start the 11th inning.

Dean Carpentier reaches on a two-out infield single to second base.

Ayers adds another strikeout to end the inning. He has five Ks in two innings.

USC Shuts Down TCU In 10th Inning

Josh Blum has been dominant for USC. Has has retired six straight TCU batters, including five strikeouts.

The game heads into the 11th inning, still tied 8-8.

USC Does Not Score In Top Of 10th Inning Against TCU

Kyle Ayers comes on to pitch for TCU in top of the 10th inning against USC. The game is tied 8-8.

Ryan Jackson starts off the inning with a base hit, his second of the game. He also has two RBIs. Jackson steals second base.

Jackson advances to third on a sacrifice fly.

The inning ends with a strikeout.

TCU Scores Two Runs To Tie Game Against USC, Time For Extra Innings

Jared Feikes comes on to pitch for USC in the ninth inning.

Payton Tolle walks to start the bottom of the ninth inning for TCU. Jack Arthur enters as a pinch runner.

On a grounder to the mound, Feikes throws the ball away, giving TCU runners on second and third with no outs.

Chase Brunson delivers an infield single to score Arthur. USC leads 8-7. Still no outs for TCU.

Ryder Robinson singles to right center to score Karson Bowen. Game tied 8-8.

Josh Blum comes on to pitch for USC. TCU has the bases loaded with no outs.

Sam Myers strikes out looking for the first out. 

Redshirt freshman Gabe Miranda makes his first at-bat of the 2024 season and strikes out.

Luke Boyers strikes out to end the inning. TCU leaves the bases loaded. Extra innings!

USC Baseball Takes Lead Against TCU, Trojans On Top 8-6

Sophomore left-hander Ben Abeldt comes on to pitch for TCU. 

Luke Boyers makes a sliding catch in the right-field corner for the first out. 

A pair of walks give USC runners on first and second with one out. 

Bryce Martin-Grudzielanek advances to third on a sac fly from Ethan Hedges. Runners now on the corners with two outs.

Luca DiPaolo is hit by a pitch to load the bases.

USC ties the game on a wild pitch by Abeldt. 

Andrew Lamb is hit by a pitch. Bases are loaded again. Still two outs.

Dean Carpentier walks with the bases loaded to put USC ahead 7-6. 

Abeldt leaves the game for TCU. Hunter Hodges takes the mound for the Horned Frogs.

An infield single by Austin Overn scores DiPaolo. USC leads 8-6.

The inning ends with a groundout. 

Last Chance For USC Against TCU

USC used a double play to get out of the bottom of the eighth inning. Now, the Trojans have one more chance to eliminate a 6-5 deficit. 

USC Silenced In Top Of Eighth Inning Against TCU

The Trojans are running out of time to take down TCU. Nothing is happening for USC in the eighth.

Louis Rodriguez get the job done on the mound for TCU.

TCU leads 6-5.

TCU Unable To Score, Leads USC 6-5 After Seven Innings

Ryder Robinson reaches on an infield single with one out.

That's all that's happening for TCU. Inning ends. Horned Frogs lead 6-5 through seven innings.

USC Threatens, Comes Up Empty In Seventh Inning Against TCU

A double on a catchable hit by Ethan Hedges gives USC a runner on second with one out. He advances to third on a sacrifice bunt by Carson Wells.

Caedmon Parker gets a strikeout to end the inning. TCU leads 6-5.

TCU Back On Top Against USC At Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 3

TCU's Chase Brunson is back on base, opening the bottom of the sixth inning with a base hit against Michael Ebner, who has come on to pitch for USC.

Peyton Chatagnier walks, and both players advance on a wild pitch. Runners on second and third, one out.

Freshman Sam Myers comes through again, this time with an opposite-field double to left field. Brunson and Chatagnier both score. TCU ties the game at 5-5.

This necessitates a pitching change for USC. Ebner leaves the game. Brock Blatter comes on to pitch for the Trojans with one out in the inning.

Kurtis Byrne walks to put runners on first and second with one out.

Anthony Silva draws a two-out walk to load the bases for TCU. Blatter leaves the game, and Xavier Martinez comes on to pitch for USC.

Martinez walks Tolle, allowing Myers to score. TCU leads 6-5. Bases remain loaded.

Inning ends with three runners on base. TCU leads 6-5 heading into seventh inning. 

USC Baseball Scores Two, Leads TCU After Five And A Half Innings In Arlington

A walk and a fielding error by the pitcher give USC runners at first and second with no outs in the top of the sixth inning.

A sacrifice bunt by Austin Overn moves the runners to second and third with one out. 

A two-out double down the line by Ryan Jackson scores Andrew Lamb and Abbrie Covarrubias. USC leads 5-3.

Inning ends with the runner on second.

TCU Quiet In Fifth Inning Against USC

Logan Maxwell opens the fifth inning for TCU with an opposite-field double. He leads the team with six doubles (out of his 13 hits on the year).

That's where the momentum ends for TCU. Inning ends. Game tied 3-3.

USC Baseball Ties Game Against TCU, 3-3 Heading Into Bottom Of The Fifth Inning

Bryce Martin-Grudzielanek walks and steals second base. 

Kevin Takeuchi is hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with one out.

Payton Tolle is up to 99 pitches for TCU and leaves the game. Caedmon Parker takes over on the mound for the Horned Frogs.

Ethan Hedges comes through again for USC, this time with a base hit that scores Martin-Grudzielanek. It's the second hit and second RBI of the day for Hedges. Game is tied 3-3.

Inning ends with a 5-4-3 double play. 

TCU Takes 3-2 Lead Over USC Baseball In Arlington, Texas

Chase Brunson picks up his second hit of the game, this time an infield single, to give TCU a runner on first with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning.

TCU's No. 9 hitter, Ryder Robinson, hits a double into the left-field corner. Brunson scores, and Robinson goes to third on the play at the plate. Game tied 2-2.

Peyton Chatagnier singles to score Robinson. TCU leads 3-2.

TCU Escapes Top Of Fourth Inning Against USC, Trojans Lead 2-1

A walk and a hit batter from TCU's Payton Tolle gives USC runners on first and second with one out for Austin Overn, who led Division I baseball in triples last season.

Tolle is able to get out of the inning. He has seven strikeouts through four innings. USC leads 2-1.

TCU Baseball Scores One Run In Third Inning Against USC, Trojans Lead 2-1

Sam Myers is hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the third inning for TCU.

A Logan Maxwell double gives TCU runners on second and third with one out.

Myers scores on an Anthony Silva sacrifice fly. USC leads 2-1.

USC Adds To Lead Against TCU Baseball In Arlington, Texas

Sophomore Austin Overn starts the top of the third inning with an infield single for USC.

Overn gets caught trying to steal second base.

Sophomore catcher Jacob Galloway singles with one out.

Back-to-back walks from Tolle loads the bases for USC with just one out.

A Tolle balk scores Galloway from third. USC leads 2-0. 

Tolle gets out of the inning without further damage.

TCU Gets Two On Base, Unable To Score In Second Inning Against USC Baseball

Payton Tolle helps his own cause by starting the bottom of the second inning with a base hit to right center. 

Freshman Chase Brunson adds his own single. Tolle advances to second.

Caden Aoki strikes out three in the inning around the base hits. USC leads 1-0.

USC Baseball Scores First At Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 3

Freshman Kevin Takeuchi knocks a leadoff double to start the second inning for USC.

Takeuchi scores on a base hit to left field from sophomore Ethan Hedges. USC leads 1-0 with no outs in the top of the second inning.

The inning ends with no further damage. USC leads 1-0.

TCU's Payton Tolle has five strikeouts through two innings.

TCU Unable To Bring Runner Home In Opening Inning Against USC Baseball

Freshman Sam Myers picks up the first hit of the game, an infield single to the left side, then nabs his first stolen base with TCU.

Redshirt senior Kurtis Byrne gets hit by a Caden Aoki pitch. TCU has runners on first and second with one out.

Logan Maxwell hits one 400+ feet to straightaway center field. It's hauled in, but Myers advances to third on the sac fly. 

The inning ends with a grounder to shortstop. Two runners left on for TCU. No score.

TCU Starting Lineup Against USC At Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 3

See who's starting for TCU against USC on Friday:

USC And TCU Underway In Arlington, Texas

The Horned Frogs and Trojans are underway at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Junior left-hander Payton Tolle, the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, is on the mound for TCU.

Tolle strikes out all three batters he faces in opening inning. 

Junior RHP Caden Aoki will take the hill for USC.

USC Starting Lineup Against TCU At Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 3

See who's starting for USC against TCU on Friday:

When Is The USC Vs. TCU Baseball Game?

USC will take on TCU at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Friday, March 1 at 3 p.m. Eastern.

How To Watch The USC Vs. TCU Baseball Game

Watch the 2024 Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 3 on FloBaseball and the FloSports app.

Replays, highlights and breaking news from the event will be on both platforms

FloBaseball is streaming several NCAA Division I college baseball tournaments, including the 2024 Shriners Children’s College Showdown, Sanderson Ford College Classic, Snowbird Baseball and the 2024 Kubota College Baseball Series.

History Between USC And TCU Baseball

USC and TCU have played each other 10 times since 2002, and their series is tied at 5-5.

USC won the first meeting in 2002 and the most recent meeting in California in 2020. Only TCU has won two consecutive games in the series (2016).

TCU At Globe Life Field

The Horned Frogs have played at least one regular-season game at Globe Life Field each season since it opened. They are 12-5 all-time there.

What Teams Have Been Playing In the 2024 College Showdown And Kubota College Baseball Series?

Here are the teams: 

  • University of Oklahoma
  • Texas Tech University
  • Baylor University
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Arkansas
  • Oklahoma State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Oregon State University 
  • TCU 
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Southern California 
  • Arizona State University

2024 Kubota College Baseball Series Weekend 3 Schedule 

All times Eastern

Friday, March 1 

  • 3 p.m. – USC vs. TCU 
  • 7 p.m. – Arizona State vs. Texas A&M

Saturday, March 2 

  • 3 p.m. – Texas A&M vs. USC 
  • 7 p.m. – TCU vs. Arizona State

Sunday, March 3 

  • Noon – Arizona State vs. Texas A&M 
  • 4 p.m. – USC vs. TCU

FloBaseball Archived Footage

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College Baseball Rankings 2024: USA TODAY Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll (Feb. 26)








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Schools That Dropped Out Of Top 25:

No. 18 UC Santa Barbara; No. 20 Iowa; No. 23 Stanford; No. 24 UCLA; No. 25 Northeastern.

Others Receiving Votes:

Florida State 42; UC Santa Barbara 33; UCLA 29; Oregon 29; Oklahoma State 25; Stanford 24; Indiana State 23; Georgia 23; Troy 16; California 12; Northeastern 11; Iowa 11; Southern Miss 10; Kansas State 9; Kentucky 4; UNCW 3; Sam Houston State 3; Rutgers 3; Georgia Tech 3; Arizona 2; Saint Louis 1; Oklahoma 1; Houston 1.

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