The Texas Longhorns took the rubber match behind the clutch pitching of Matteo Bocchi and Parker Joe Robinson while four other pitchers from the Texas bullpen took the rubber to....varying and excruciating degrees of success. Nolan Kingham came through with the bases loaded save in the 9th and Texas advances to its record 36th appearance in Omaha.
Texas pitching carried the series, holding the most prolific offense in college baseball (over 10 runs per game) to a 3 run per game average (5, 2, 2).
Kody Clemens also had an obligatory home run because that’s what #2 does. Texas also had timely hitting from Petrinsky (solo HR), Reynolds and Shaw as each notched two hits.
The Longhorns aren’t good enough to make it look easy, but this team knows how to compete. Tennessee Tech was a pretty damn good baseball team with a great deal of seniority and major league prospects, whatever their lack of historical pedigree. They just ran out of pitching before Texas did.
Now that proof in concept exists for David Pierce at Texas and the incoming recruiting class look special, I think it’s fair to say that Texas fans can expect more trips to Nebraska soon.