AUSTIN, Texas – Six Texas pitchers, exceptional defense and offensive production combined to shut out the Kent State Golden Flashes 5-0 and advance the Horns to the NCAA Baseball Austin Super Regional next week.
Sam Stafford got the nod after starting the first game of the NCAA Baseball Austin Regional Friday night. He responded to pitching on short rest with 3.2 strong innings, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out five. The rest of the starting staff from this weekend’s tournament was also called upon out of the bullpen. Hoby Milner (1.1 IP), Cole Green (1.0 IP) and Taylor Jungmann (1.0 IP) all pitched perfect relief, each adding a strikeout. Kendal Carrillo (6-1) earned the win after pitching 1.0 innings, allowing only one hit and one walk with one strikeout. Corey Knebel closed out the game pitching the ninth, only allowing one hit.
While the Longhorn arms limited Kent State (45-17) to five combined hits and two walks, the pitchers were helped with shining defensive efforts highlighted by a ninth inning diving catch by second baseman Jordan Etier. The Texas offense also kept clicking with 10 hits to mark its third straight game with double-digit base knocks.