BY PETE MOHR | JUNE 17, 2010
Jerome Pena, CSHS ‘07, first Falcon to College World Series!
AUSTIN, Tex. – How ‘bout them Froggies?! When #4 Texas Christian University (TCU) took on the #3-ranked Texas Longhorns, in Austin (June 11-13), a best-two-out-of-three weekend match-up that would send the winner to the 2010 College World Series, something had to give. It was the Horned Frogs who turned the ‘Horns out to pasture, making TCU second baseman/Creeker Jerome “Romey” Pena the first Falcon Baseball alumnus to play in Omaha’s college baseball classic. The ‘Frogs meet Florida State in the opening game, Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m. (M.S.T.), on ESPN HD.
TCU edged the ‘Horns, 4-1, Friday, June 11, but got smoked in Saturday’s second game, 14-1. Romey told Sonoran News by telephone, Wednesday night from Fort Worth, “Our team seems to have the ability to just let the bad games go and move on. We came back Sunday with a vengeance and took the deciding game, 4-1.”
Hey, Romey, how does it feel to be going to the College World Series? For any baseball player, that’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! He responded, “Pete, my teammates and I have been so pumped up, it hasn’t really hit me yet; but I’m definitely livin’ every minute of it!” The ‘Frogs flew by charter to Omaha early Thursday morning.
Bracketed with TCU and Florida State in the double-elimination 1st Round are Florida and UCLA. The #1-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils top the other bracket that includes Clemson, Oklahoma and South Carolina.
Good luck to Romey and the Horned Frogs!