Courtesy of texassports.com
AUSTIN, Texas—For the 36th time in program history, Texas Baseball will be in the NCAA College World Series. The Longhorns (42-21) defeated Tennessee Tech by a 5-2 final score in Monday afternoon’s winner-take-all game three of the NCAA Super Regional at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Texas got on the board first when, after Masen Hibbeler doubled and Tate Shaw reached, Ryan Reynolds ripped a two-out double to left-center to plate two and put the Longhorns on top, 2-0.
In the third, Kody Clemens did it again. The junior homered in his third straight ballgame to push the Longhorns lead to 3-0 before DJ Petrinsky hit a solo homer of his own to make it 4-0 after three complete. With his 23rd homer, Clemens now ranks second in the country in long balls.
The Golden Eagles got one back in the top of the fourth off starter Matteo Bocchi, but the junior right-hander was strong on the hill.
Bocchi (4-1) went five complete, limiting the nation’s leading offense to one run on four hits and a walk while striking out three.
After the teams trading zeroes in the fifth, the Golden Eagles threatened in the sixth. Blair Henley came on in relief and walked the first two batters he faced. Josh Sawyer then came on to get a groundout before he issued a walk.
As he done so many times this year, Parker Joe Robinson entered with the bases loaded and less than two outs and limited the damage. The redshirt-junior got a fly out and a fielder’s choice to keep the Longhorns’ 4-2 advantage.
In the bottom of the frame, Texas got a run back thanks to hustle from Shaw and an error by the Golden Eagles’ first baseman.
On the mound, Robinson proceeded to throw 2.2 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while fanning one.
Behind him, McGuire entered in the ninth and got one out before Nolan Kingham (3) tossed the final two-thirds of the game to seal the Longhorns’ NCAA-record 36th College World Series berth.
With the win, every single one of the late Augie Garrido’s signing classes at Texas has secured a trip to Omaha. The CWS appearance is the first for head coach David Pierce and his coaching staff.