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AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Longhorns staved off elimination with a dramatic 4-3 win over the Texas State Bobcats Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Baseball Austin Regional at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
After giving up the tying run in the top of the ninth inning, the Longhorns answered in the bottom half to keep their season alive. After coming off the bench as a defensive substitute in the eighth, Tim Maitland led off the inning with a drag bunt single down the first base line.Brandon Loy then bunted Maitland to second and an intentional walk to Erich Weiss put runners on first and second. Carson Smith was then brought in to try to hold the game after throwing 124 pitches on Friday against Kent State. Smith walked Paul Montalbano to load the bases, and Kevin Lusson followed with a walk-off single to the right field wall driving in Maitland and giving the Longhorns the 4-3 victory.
Texas State (41-23) opened the scoring in the top of the fourth inning. Bret Atwood got the inning started with a leadoff single to center. Then after Casey Kalenkosky struck out and an Atwood stolen base, Kyle Kubitza sent a pitch over the right field fence to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.
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AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Longhorn offense maintained its momentum from its first game of the day to stay alive in the NCAA Baseball Austin Regional and force a deciding game after defeating the Kent State Golden Flashes 9-3 Sunday night at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Texas batters had 25 total hits between Sunday’s two games to keep their season going.
Texas jumped on the board early, putting together a three-run inning in top of the first. Tant Shepherd led off the game with a walk before Mark Payton bunted him over to second. Brandon Loy then singled through the middle to score Shepherd. Erich Weiss followed with a single to right field, and a double steal put Loy and Weiss in scoring position. Paul Montalbano then plated Loy after a ground out to first base, andJonathan Walsh doubled to the left field gap to drive in Weiss and give the Horns the early lead.
The Longhorns added another run in the second inning when Jacob Felts reached base after being hit by a pitch. A fielder’s choice put Felts out at second but put Jordan Etier on first. Etier than swiped second base, and came around to score on a Shepherd RBI single that put Texas up 4-0.