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June 23, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -Matt Curry hit a go-ahead grand slam in TCU's eight-run eighth inning and the Horned Frogs eliminated Florida State from the College World Series with a 11-7 victory Wednesday night.
The Seminoles, without a national title in 20 CWS appearances, went 1-2 this year after blowing a five-run lead in an error-filled performance against TCU.
The Frogs, who beat Florida State 8-1 in their opener, trailed 7-3 entering the eighth.
Third baseman Sherman Johnson committed the Seminoles' fifth error to start the inning, and it was a two-run game when Curry came to bat against Mike McGee, the hitting-and-pitching hero Wednesday in an 8-5 win over Florida.
Curry was down 1-2 in the count before McGee threw in the dirt and way 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 first-base dugout, shaking clenched fists at them while starting his trot as the ball went over the high center-field fence for his team-leading 18th homer.
Jantzen Witte followed with a two-run homer off Hunter Scantling for TCU's final runs.
The Seminoles loaded the bases against Kaleb Merck with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Merck struck out Johnson and then got McGee to line out softly to second base.
Merck pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, bringing a horde of jumping Frogs out of the dugout in celebration.
Erik Miller (1-1) got two outs for the win.
McGee (4-1), who lasted just a third of an inning, took the loss.
Florida State jumped on Mountain West pitcher of the year Steven Maxwell early. Johnson and McGee hit back-to-back homers in the first inning and James Ramsey tripled in the go-ahead run in the third. Maxwell, the Minnesota Twins' 12th-round draft pick, allowed four runs on six hits in 2 2-3 innings, his shortest outing in 12 starts.
Florida State starter John Gast gave up two unearned runs on three hits in three innings.