Columbia (MO) Regional Day 3 Recap

Louisville 8 Miami 7

The Louisville Cardinals were able to end the Hurricanes streak of winning 13 straight regional tournaments with an 8-7 victory. The Cardinals were led on offense by Jorge Castillo who picked up four RBI while Chris Dominguez hit a two run homer in the fifth inning. Louisville advances to the Regional Championship game against Missouri while Miami ends the season with a 37-24 record.

Louisville Recap
Miami Recap

Louisville 4 Missouri 3

Louisville forced a winner take all game on Monday with a 5-4 victory against Missouri. The Cardinals were led by a very strong pitching performance from four pitchers as they were able to survive the elimination game. Chris Dominguez led the Cardinals with a huge two run homer in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie. The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the ninth with a lead off homer from Jacob Priday which was followed up by a walk to Trevor Coleman. Kris Hollander was able to keep the Tigers off the board and get the victory for the Cardinals.

Louisville Recap

Missouri Recap

Myrtle Beach Regional Day 3 Recap

St. John’s 5 VCU 4

Chris Anninos hit two homers including the walk-off homer to lead the Red Storm to a 5-4 victory over VCU 5-4. VCU scored a run in the top of the ninth to tie the game at four before Anninos hit the walkoff homer. St. John’s advances in the loser’s bracket to take on Coastal Carolina at 7 pm on Sunday while VCU ends the season with a 37-23 record.

St. John’s Recap
VCU Recap

Clemson 11 Coastal Carolina 8

The Clemson Tigers advanced to the Regional Championship game on Monday by knocking off Coastal Carolina 11-8. Andy D’ Alessio led the Tigers by getting three hits including two doubles and a homer while driving in four runs. Clemson will play the winner of the St. John’s/Coastal Carolina elimination game on Monday while Coastal plays St. John’s later tonight.

Clemson Recap

Coastal Carolina Recap

St. John’s vs Coastal Carolina at 7:30 pm

Columbia (SC) Regional Day 3 Recap

NC State 10 Wofford 6

The NC State Wolfpack continued their season after knocking off Wofford 10-6 in an elimination game in the Columbia SC regional. Jeremy Synan went 2-3 including a home run and three RBI to lead the Wolfpack offense. NC State will play Charlotte later on Sunday evening. Wofford ends the season with a 30-33 record after a great run in the Southern Conference.

NC State Recap

Wofford Recap

South Carolina 12 Charlotte 8

South Carolina jumped out to a 11-1 lead and cruised to a 12-8 victory over the visiting 49ers. Justin Smoak, Trent Kline, and Andrew Crisp all hit homers to lead the Gamecocks attack. Charlotte will play an elimination game on Sunday evening for a chance to play in the Regional championship on Monday.

South Carolina Recap

Charlotte Recap

Charlotte 12 NC State 10

The NC State Wolfpack were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament after losing to Charlotte 12-10. The 49ers got seven runs in the second inning including a Kris Rochelle three run homer. The 49ers will have to defeat South Carolina twice on Monday in the Regional Final while SC will only have to get one win to advance to the Super Regionals.

Charlotte Recap
NC State Recap

Tallahassee Regional Day 3 Recap

Florida State 17 Stetson 1

The FSU Seminoles picked up a big victory over the Stetson Hatters to force a rematch with Mississippi State on Sunday evening. The Seminoles used an eleven run seventh inning to blow open a 5-0 game. Tony Thomas Jr., Brandon Reichert, and Buster Posey all had three hits in the game to lead the Seminoles offense. Ryan Strauss started for the Noles as he went 7 innings as his record goes to 10-3. Stetson ends the season with a 42-21 record.

FSU Recap
Stetson Recap

Mississippi State 9 FSU 4

Mississippi State eliminated the Florida State Seminoles from the NCAA Tournament after a 9-4 victory. Mitch Moreland went 2-4 with 3 RBI and pitched a scoreless ninth inning to lead the Bulldogs to the victory. MSU now prepares for a Super Regional against the Coastal Carolina/Clemson winner next weekend. FSU ends the season with a 49-13 mark.

MSU Recap
FSU Recap
Tallahassee Democrat Recap

Tallahassee Democrat Column by Steve Ellis

UVA Injury News

According to a report in The Daily Progress on Sunday, Brandon Marsh and Brandon Guyer are questionable for the rest of the Regional weekend after leaving last night’s game with separate injuries. Marsh left last night’s game after getting hit by a pitch in the first inning. Guyer got injured on a successful squeeze play where he slid into home plate. The full article is available here.

Nashville Regional Day 3 Preview

From Guest Contributor NYDore of VandySports

The West End Word predicted four pitchers to watch on Monday. Those four (David Price and Mikie Minor of Vanderbilt, Shawn Kelley of APSU and Mike Wilson of Michigan) have been brilliant in Vanderbilt’s first two games of the Regional. Unfortunately for Commodore fans, Mikie Minor’s one poor inning against Michigan and a largely flaccid offense has left Vandy in the loser’s bracket, needing to win three straight to get to the Super Regional.

Vanderbilt is not the only top seed to lose one of its first two, and its current fate is far better than of fellow National Seed San Diego, who was eliminated in its first two games. Nevertheless, Tim Corbin faces the unenviable task of needing to win out in its second consecutive double elimination tournament. Vandy achieved that feat in Hoover, taking the SEC Tournament crown. To do so now, they will need to knock off teams whose pitching depth does not run as deep as Ole Miss and Arkansas.

In the early game, Vandy will likely face Ryne Mantooth, who did not, contrary to popular belief, appear in any X-Men films. In two innings of work against the Dores on Feburary 27, Mantooth surrendered 2 hits and an earned run, striking out three. But Vandy would be blessed to face Mantooth, as waiting in the wings is Mike Dunn, who 3-hit the Commodores over 7 innings on April 9. Peay is in the very difficult position of having burned its stopper for the weekend (10 IP by Kelley), lost its #2 guy (Matt Reynolds) to a rain delay after three innings, used almost 5 innings from a key reliever (Jeff Lykins) and having potentially three games remaining in the regional. Look for Coach McClure to try to stretch Mantooth today.

Vandy, meanwhile, is in relatively excellent pitching position. Coach Corbin will almost certainly throw Cody Crowell in the morning session, holding big righty Ty Davis for the right handed hitters of Michigan in the nightcap. Crowell is coming off a complete game against Ole Miss in the SEC Tournament, and the Commodores could use more of the same, today. Cody tossed one perfect inning against Peay on February 27, but allowed a run on two hits and two walks in the April 9 game. That run and the Tyler Farrar homer against David Price Friday night account for the only two runs that APSU has managed in 29 innings against Derek Johnson’s pitching staff this year.
In the nightcap, if Vandy is to advance, they will face a Michigan team that has to be feeling good. Like Vandy, the Wolverines have only used five pitcher (ace Zach Putnam, Wilson, reliever Michael Powers and 3B Adam Abraham). They will likely throw Chris Fetter in the nightcap. Fetter will be the first pitcher Vandy has faced with less than stellar statistics and could be a welcome respite should the Dores advance. On the year, Fetter has given up his fair share of hits, but has very good control (only 17 walks). Tim Corbin will turn to either Ty Davis (and his .196 BAA) or former Sunday starter Nick Christiani (whose lethal fastball is sometimes erratic). The Wolverines pen will likely have Abraham (2.97 ERA in 30.1 IP), closer Ben Jensen (4.54, 33.2, 5 saves), and Eric Katsman (6.14, 22, 0) available, with arm-fatigued Andrew Hess (3.76, 64.2) held for a potential rematch on Monday.

With the loss last night, the Commodore home record fell to 33-3. Vandy has lost consecutive games just once this year and would likely be favored in each of the remaining games of this Regional. Nevertheless, winning three in a row will be a challenge, despite the quiet confidence that Vandy carries, even when trailing. To win out, Vandy will need their anemic bats to come to life. So far, Vandy has managed only 5 runs, to APSU’s 19, Memphis’ 14, and Michigan’s 14.

Oxford Regional Day Two recap

Troy took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first and held a lead into the third before Sam Houston State tied the game at three in the third inning. A pair of Trojan errors allowed Sam Houston to gain a two-run advantage in the fifth.

The Bearkats’ Luke Prihoda and Troy’s Josh Dew, two of the nation’s top closers and the pitcher of the year in the Southland and Sun Belt conferences respectively, came in late in the game. Troy pushed one run across but could get no more as Sam Houston claimed a 5-4 victory and the Trojans saw their season come to an end.

Sam Houston State will advance to the first game of Sunday’s action.

Ole Miss hurler Lance Lynn got off to a wild start – he threw seven straight balls to open the game and walked the bases full in the second inning – but escaped any harm and settled down to dominate the winners bracket game.

Lynn allowed a pair of hits in the sixth inning, but allowed no more, and brothers Justin and Jordan Henry stood out at the plate to hand Southern Miss its first shutout of the season. Barry Bowden had a solid effort on the mound for the Golden Eagles, but it was not enough, thanks to Lynn’s mastery in his complete-game victory. The game could have been more decisive for the Rebels, except for some standout defensive plays for Southern Miss.

The Golden Eagles will face Sam Houston State in Sunday’s first game, with the winner facing Ole Miss in the nightcap.

Round Rock Regional Day 2!

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Wake Forest eliminates the Brown Bears 4-2!

Converted reliever Ben Hunter continued his brilliance as a starter for Wake Forest, pitching the Demon Deacons past Brown, 4-2, in the NCAA Regional Tournament Saturday afternoon at The Dell Diamond.

Hunter (8-6) led the Deacons to victory, allowing just one run in a career-long eight innings of work. The righthander tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts in his eighth start of the season.

Wake Forest spotted Hunter two runs in the first inning but didn’t score again until the ninth. Hunter made the runs hold up, though, as he allowed just a run in the third inning before giving way to relievers Eric Niesen and Josh Ellis in the ninth.

The win advances the Deacs (34-28) in the loser’s bracket and eliminates Ivy League champion Brown (27-21). Wake will now face the loser of tonight’s game between top-seeded Texas and second-seeded UC Irvine on Sunday at 12 p.m. CT. The winner of that game will advance to the Regional championship on Sunday at 6 p.m. CT. If the Deacons advance that far, they would need to win on Sunday evening and then again on Monday afternoon to make the Super Regionals.

WakeForest Recap

Brown Bears Recap

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They’ve said all year that they’re better.

They have better hitting. They have better defense. They have a better attitude.

The Texas Longhorns have sworn all year that 2007 is not 2006. But one year later, they’re in the same place, the same scary situation.

A flat Longhorns team was taken out of its game Saturday, frustrated by strong pitching by Scott Gorgen and an aggressive UC Irvine team, which sent Texas to the loser’s bracket with a 3-1 victory in the Round Rock Regional at Dell Diamond.

It was in the second game of regional play last year that Stanford shocked Texas 12-8, sending the Longhorns into the loser’s bracket and headed toward elimination.

The Horns swear this is not a repeat of last year.

“It’s not,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said. “This team has a different attitude. I see it in the way they carry themselves, in the way they approach the game and in the way they stay focused no matter what.”

The Longhorns are going to need to stay focused for three straight games to advance. It starts at noon today when Texas (45-16), the top seed in the regional, takes on third-seeded Wake Forest at Dell Diamond in an elimination game. The winner will take on UC Irvine at 6 p.m.

The Anteaters (42-15-1) made it look easy Saturday. They made the plays defensively. They made the pitches.

Texas didn’t.

UC Irvine opened the game with a triple by Taylor Holiday and an RBI single by Ben Orloff to take a 1-0 lead.

In Texas’ first at-bat, the Longhorns were robbed of an RBI double off the bat of Russell Moldenhauer, as Anteaters center fielder Ollie Linton, who began the year on the bench but was inserted for his speed, made a beautiful catch in right-center field.

He took away another RBI double off Moldenhauer’s bat in the sixth inning.

“The separation oddly enough was in the outfielder,” Garrido said. “The two plays by the center fielder off of Moldenhauer’s bat took away runs. It was all of their defense. Basically they did not give us an extra base or an extra out the entire game.”

The Longhorns made three errors, including two by shortstop Chais Fuller. One of those miscues led to a run and a 2-0 deficit in the third inning.

“They put a lot of pressure on you with their guys in motion and the bunting, but I don’t think that we were playing tight defensively,” Fuller said. “I just made a couple of bad plays. It happens. I feel horrible about it.”

The Longhorns got a run back in the bottom of the third, when Bradley Suttle hit his 11th home run of the season, a smash to left field, but that was it.

Gorgen pitched his third complete game of the season, fooling the Texas hitters with a changeup-fastball combination.

After Suttle’s home run, the Longhorns failed to get a runner past second base.

“I’m feeling great. I feel like it’s the middle of March again,” Gorgen said. “I’m feeling stronger than ever. We’re going to have to stay mentally tough.”

So will Texas, which has a big hill to climb. Left-hander Austin Wood will start against Wake Forest for a pitching staff that will be extremely thin for the next three games. And the Longhorns’ bats have to come around.

“Our pitching staff is solid, and we have a much better offense than we had last year,” Suttle said. “We’re just going to have to come out and do what we’ve been doing all year.”

They might need more.

“We’re going to have to have a hero,” Garrido said. “We get in this position and somebody is going to have to step up and be the hero. Here’s everybody’s chance to make history at the University of Texas.

“It’s going to be done around the country in the 16 regionals. Multiple teams are going to come out of the loser’s bracket. It happens all the time, every year.”

Texas Recap

UC Irvine Recap

College Station Regional!

Matt Angle Single in 10th keeps Ohio State alive in NCAA tournament, Buckeyes down Le Moyne 6-5!

Junior captain Matt Angle delivered a clutch two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning as Ohio State stayed alive in the NCAA College Station Regional with a 6-5 win Saturday over Le Moyne at Olsen Field in College Station, Texas.

With runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Angle (Jr., Whitehall, Ohio/Whitehall-Yearling) slapped a hit between the third baseman and the shortstop, bringing home J.B. Shuck (So., Galion, Ohio/Galion) with the winning run and eliminating the Dolphins (34-19).

Cory Luebke, the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, pitched a career-high 10 innings for his ninth win and third complete game of the year. Luebke (Jr., Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local) improved to 9-1 despite not being as sharp as he has been for most of the year. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits, striking out seven and walking none.

The No. 3 seed Buckeyes (38-23) advance to face the loser of the winner’s bracket final between No. 1 seed Texas A&M and No. 2 seed Louisiana-Lafayette at 2 p.m. ET Sunday. The winner of that game will advance to play the undefeated team in the championship at 8 p.m. Sunday. If the undefeated team loses, the second championship game will be played Monday at 7:30 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette sent OSU to the loser’s bracket with a 5-4 win Friday.

The winner of the regional advances to a best-of-three super regional and will play the winner of the Rice Regional that includes Rice, Prairie View, Baylor and Texas Christian.

The Buckeyes jumped out on top early, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. Angle was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to third on an Eric Fryer (Jr., Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) single and a Justin Miller (So., Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby) deep fly ball before scoring on a Jason Zoeller (Sr., Verona, Pa./Shady Side Academy) single.

Le Moyne tied it at 1-all in the top of the second before OSU regained the lead, 3-1, with two runs in the bottom of the second. Cory Rupert (Fr., Mansfield, Ohio/Mansfield Madison) and Cory Kovanda (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) reached on back to back walks with one out, and after a fielder’s choice, Angle delivered with a two-RBI single.

The Ohio State lead didn’t last long as the Dolphins scored one run in the third and three more in the fourth for a 5-3 advantage.

The Buckeyes would equalize at 5-all with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Jacob Howell (Sr., Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) uncorked a shot over the right field wall to tie the game. It was his fourth home run of the season.

Luebke held Le Moyne scoreless for the next six innings, while the Buckeyes were held without a run for five innings until Angle’s game-winning hit in the 10th.

Eric Beaulac started for Le Moyne and only lasted five innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out none. Ryan Woods relieved Beaulac in the sixth and went 4.2 innings before Angle’s hit. Woods gave up just one earned run on seven hits, walking one.

The Buckeyes had 14 hits in the game, Le Moyne nine. Howell, Angle, Zoeller, Shuck, Rupert and Kovanda all had two hits in the game. Angle had three RBI and Howell two.

Ohio State Recap
Lemoyne Recap

Louisiana-Lafayette’s Jefferies Tatford wasn’t getting any help from his fellow outfielder, so it wasn’t until he felt the ball hit his palm that he knew he’d thwarted a ninth-inning Texas A&M rally.

With the NCAA College Station Regional’s top-seeded Aggies trailing by two runs, Tatford pulled in a potential game-tying home run by Craig Stinson for the second out of the ninth. Luke Anders doubled to drive in Blake Stouffer and cut the Ragin’ Cajuns’ lead to one, but that’s where it stayed as Louisiana-Lafayette won the winners’ bracket final 5-4 on Saturday at Olsen Field.

Tatford’s catch in left field was the biggest defensive play in a game that included four ULL errors.

“I couldn’t hear anything,” Tatford said. “Usually outfield communications are pretty easy, so I really put it in my mind not to worry about running into the wall, and luckily it fell into my glove.”

Tatford said the Olsen Field crowd of 5,810 almost kept him from making the catch.

“The crowd … every time [A&M] hit a popup, they make that loud noise to mess with the outfielders,” Tatford said. “They were hostile all night, and communication was going to be they key, but I really couldn’t hear anything.”

Tatford said he didn’t know he was going to catch the towering shot until “after I felt it hit my palm, because I really didn’t see it. My forearm was definitely over the wall.”

ULL took a 5-3 lead after Jonathan Lecroy’s eighth-inning solo homer, his 18th of the season.

Stouffer got his third hit of the game with a double to the wall in the ninth. He stood near second watching Stinson’s fly ball.

“I’ve seen Craig take a 1,000 swings, so I knew he hadn’t hit it on the screws but well enough to get over the wall,” said Stouffer, who tagged up and moved to third on the play. “I actually thought it had gone out.”

A&M (45-17) will face Ohio State at 1 p.m. Sunday with the winner advancing to face ULL (45-15) at 7 p.m. in the championship. Kirkland Rivers, who started A&M’s Big 12 Tournament victory over Texas, will start against Ohio State. OSU did not name a starter.

If ULL loses Sunday night, the teams would play again at 6:30 p.m. Monday for a berth in next week’s Super Regionals against the winner of the Houston Regional.

ULL followed up Kyle Nicholson’s first two walks with three singles for three runs in the seventh inning to take a 4-3 lead.

Nicholson (11-2), who lost for the first time since Feb. 9 against Arizona State, had faced only two over the minimum until the Cajuns came within one hitter of batting around in the seventh.

“I thought Nicholson had an incredible start. He competed his tail off,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “He’s our guy and if I’m going to lose a game I’m going to lose it with Kyle Nicholson on the mound.”

After leaving the bases loaded in the third, the Aggies got on the board in the fourth when Colligan hit the first pitch over the left-field fence for his ninth homer of the season.

Brodie Greene then walked on four pitches, and after Parker Dalton sacrificed Greene to second, Brian Ruggiano chopped a double over the drawn-in third baseman Matt Hicks to drive in Greene. Hicks was playing in because the Aggies already had reached base four times on bunts, including one by Ruggiano.

ULL starter Hunter Moody lasted 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts.

Moody beat the Aggies in San Antonio last season on a three-hitter. Three players from the present Aggie team faced Moody that day, going a combined 1 for 10 with Dalton getting the one hit.

On Saturday, Stouffer, Stinson and Dalton went 2 for 8, with Stouffer sending Moody to the showers with a homer in the sixth. It was Stouffer’s 10th homer of the season, and it gave A&M a 3-1 lead.

But the Aggies stranded 13 baserunners, including seven in scoring position. And when A&M had chances for big innings against Moody, the Cajun starter found ways to escape innings.

“Speed is such a weapon night in night out, and [A&M] did a great job using it, but one thing [Moody] did was he bent but didn’t break,” ULL coach Tony Robichaux said. “They could have set up huge innings right there with the crowd creating havoc, and they did a good job but Hunter did a better job of settling down.”

Andrew Laughter (3-1) pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up the victory.

Aggie shortstop Brandon Hicks had 10 assists with no errors. As a team, A&M played errorless baseball, while ULL committed four errors.

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Texas A&M Recap
Louisiana-Lafayette Recap

Houston Regional!!

Rice drops TCU 6-3 for 2nd win in regional

The rain showers that saturated Reckling Park late Saturday afternoon only added to the tension for those 4,242 fans who waited for No. 2 Rice and No. 16 TCU to square off.

At no point over the ensuing three hours and five minutes did that suspense wane as Rice and TCU engaged in a gripping showdown late into the night at the NCAA Tournament’s Houston Regional.

Accustomed to finishing such affairs, Rice closer Cole St. Clair managed to suppress the Horned Frogs and cap a 6-3 win with 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. No. 1 Rice (51-12) needs just one more victory to clinch the Houston Regional and advance to the super regionals. The Owls will face the TCU-Baylor winner tonight.

St. Clair entered with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh and allowed an inherited run to score on a disputed play at the plate before inducing an inning-ending, double-play grounder from Bryan Kervin. TCU (47-13) managed a pair of runners in the eighth but failed to cut into the Owls’ two-run lead. And after Steven Trout (walk) and Ben Carruthers (double) reached to open the ninth, St. Clair retired three batters in succession to notch his seventh save, retiring Hunt Woodruff on a fly ball to center field, Kervin on a strikeout, and Clint Arnold on a foul pop to catcher Danny Lehmann.

“I really just take it pitch by pitch. That’s the best approach,” said St. Clair, who allowed two hits and one walk with one strikeout. “(TCU) is a great hitting team, and you can’t afford to look past one hitter to the next guy or they’ll get you.”

Lehmann, who got into two verbal exchanges with plate umpire Travis Katzenmeier, provided St. Clair some breathing room with his leadoff homer off Tyler Lockwood in the ninth. Lockwood entered in a situation similar to that of St. Clair, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the sixth by getting pinch hitter Adam Zornes to ground out to first base.

Lockwood retired seven consecutive batters after coming on in relief of the Frogs’ second pitcher, Donald Furrow, but caught too much of the plate on his 3-2 pitch to Lehmann.

“It was a little bit of a momentum shift,” Lehmann said. “It helped get us a little more adrenaline going in that last inning.”

The heart-pounding finish matched the drama that began seemingly from the opening pitch. Rice first baseman Joe Savery sandwiched RBI singles in the first and third around a solo home run from TCU designated hitter Keith Conlon, who pulled the Frogs’ even at 1-1 with his blast to left off Rice starter Ryan Berry (11-2), who didn’t allow another hit until Trout lined a homer to right with one out in the fifth that cut the deficit to 4-2.

In the seventh, Berry began to waver, and he exited after hitting Carruthers with a pitch to load the bases. Berry was certain Carruthers leaned into the pitch, but didn’t get the call.

Lehmann was equally upset when Vern scored after St. Clair entered and got Woodruff to slap a ground ball to third baseman Diego Seastrunk. Lehmann snagged the errant throw and tried to keep his foot on the plate, but Katzenmeier ruled Vern safe on the play.

Berry allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. TCU starter Chris Johnson (11-3) allowed a two-run homer to Jared Gayhart in the fifth, and was lifted for Furrow after walking Aaron Luna to lead off the sixth. Luna later scored when Jordan Dodson bounced a single to left with the bases loaded and one out. Berry and St. Clair made the lead stick, but they had to grind to finish the task at hand.

“It’s hard to play from behind against Rice,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “Their pitching staff is so good that it’s going to be really hard to bunch hits. In the last three innings we had the tying or go-ahead run at the plate three different times, and that’s all you can ask.”

Rice Recap

TCU Recap