Reactions: Cole smokes Horned Frogs

June, 22, 2010

OMAHA, Neb. -- After his team had beaten Texas' arms in the Austin Super Regional, TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said he wasn't worried about the pitchers the Horned Frogs would face in the College World Series.

UCLA starter Gerrit Cole challenged that notion Monday night with an eight-inning, 13-strikeout performance.

[+] EnlargeGerrit Cole
AP Photo/Nati HarnikUCLA starter Gerrit Cole struck out 13 and held TCU's potent offense in check.
After the game, TCU shortstop Taylor Featherston said while his team did face some of the country's best arms in Austin, Cole was special in UCLA's 6-3 win.

"He's one of the best in the country," Cole said. "And he showed that tonight. I mean, he threw all pitches for strikes and kept us off balance all night. ... We didn't barrel up as many balls as we could. I thought we battled a bunch of counts both early and late. But, you know, he had all of his pitches working for him."

UCLA coach John Savage said Cole was "as solid as you can be" Monday. He even managed to best Trevor Bauer's great start Saturday.

Bauer had 11 strikeouts while only giving up six hits and three runs. Cole outperformed the first two numbers while matching Bauer's three runs allowed.

"[The pitching staff] competes against each other," Savage said. "That's what our pitching staff has done all year."

Savage had a long talk on the mound in the eighth inning after Cole walked TCU catcher Bryan Holaday.

"I was about to take him out with two outs in the eighth and he said, 'Coach, trust me. I trust you. I think I can get this guy,'" Savage said. "And the next pitch, the inning was over."

On that pitch, Holaday was tagged out at second on a fielder's choice.

Cole said that despite his strong start (one hit in his first six innings pitched), he was expecting TCU to climb back in.

"TCU is a good offense," Cole said. "You look at their numbers, you're pretty impressed. It was just a matter of time, I guess, before they put [in] a few good hacks."

Cole, who turned down a possible fortune from the MLB draft to go to UCLA, said walking off the mound in the eighth inning in Omaha made it all worthwhile.

"That defines my goal coming into college," Cole said. "To come to Rosenblatt in the final year, playing in the College World Series, even if you go 0-2, you can't really ask for anything more."



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?


Fitzsimmons and Durrett: OSU scandal

Part 2 of the articles on OSU's involvment in academic fraud was released. Some claim the expose is unfounded. Ian and Richard warn that there are two sides to all stories.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Longhorns talk

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mack Brown, Manny Diaz and all the latest with the Texas Longhorns.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Barkley on Manziel

Fitzsimmons and Durrett give you the latest on the Johnny Manziel story and Charles Barkley weighs in. You won't believe who the outspoken NBA Hall of Famer is disappointed in and what he thinks about the autograph allegations.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Kirk Herbstreit

Kirk Herbstreit joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett for his weekly visit to preview the 2013 college football season.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Andy Dalton

Former TCU and current Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the expectations for the Bengals this season, give a prediction for the TCU-LSU game and talk about what it's like having the Hard Knocks cameras follow him.

Galloway and Company: Manziel talk

Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley, and Mark Friedman react to Dez Bryant's comments regarding the NCAA's ongoing investigation of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Dez Bryant sounds off

Richard Durrett, Ian Fitzsimmons and Glenn "Stretch" Smith react to Dez Bryant sounding off yesterday after practice about Johnny Manziel and the shadiness of the NCAA.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Dan Beebe

Former NCAA investigator and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to weigh in on the Johnny Manziel drama and give some insight as to what goes on during an NCAA investigation.