“Four players fainted,” Texas head coach Augie Garrido said. “I had a mild heart attack.”
Centerfielder Mark Payton said the bullpen looked like a bunch of caged monkeys. Reliever Travis Duke agreed, saying he was scaling the fence in the bullpen.
“A lot of us were like spider monkeys on the fence. Numerous fist pumps. A lot of yelling. Bullpen catcher lost his voice.”
There’s no word yet if the heaven and angels were singing, though, Garrido said he “put a long distance call in to get Cinco de Mayo recognized as a national day in honor of [C.J. Hinojosa].”
OMAHA, Neb. — Texas sophomore shortstop C.J. Hinojosa turned on a 2-0 fastball in the seventh inning Wednesday night and produced the first home run of the 2014 College World Series.
It also proved to be the only run of the night as Texas defeated UC Irvine, 1-0, in a Bracket One elimination game won thanks to stellar pitching, outstanding defense and one Hinojosa swing.
With their season on the line for a second straight game, Texas (45-20) turned the ball over to Chad Hollingsworth (4-0) for his second start of the season. After delivering a two-hit shutout in the Regionals against rival Texas A&M in the first, Hollingsworth was nearly as unhittable in the second.
OMAHA, Neb. — Texas (45-20) kept its season alive with one gigantic hit to beat UC irvine (41-25) Wednesday night, 1-0, eliminating the ‘Eaters from the 2014 College World Series.
Chad Hollingsworth pitched 8.1 scoreless innings in his second start of the season to outduel Evan Manarino (6.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 7 K), but Manarino made one big mistake, leaving up a 2-0 fastball to start the seventh inning.
Sophomore shortstop C.J. Hinojosa jumped all over the pitch and powered it out to left field for a home run — the first homer hit at TD Ameritrade Park in the 2014 College World Series.
After the game, Hinojosa talked about his solo shot, which proved to be the only run in the Longhorns’ 1-0 victory in a ‘winner-stays-loser-goes-home’ game against UC Irvine.
Hinojosa also discussed playing on the dirt infield compared to the Longhorns’ FieldTurf surface and making up for a defensive error in his next at bat. He also told what was going through his mind as he rounded the bases.
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OMAHA, Neb. — In Virginia’s opening game of the 2014 College World Series, Mike Papi blasted a walk-off double to score pinch runner Thomas Woodruff with the game-winning run and gave reliever Artie Lewicki the win.
Virginia (51-14) did nearly the same on Tuesday night to finish off a marathon 15-inning battle and knock off TCU, 3-2. Thomas Woodruff came on to pinch run and scored the game-winning run on a walk-off. This time it was a sacrifice fly from Daniel Pinero that ended the game, but again reliever Artie Lewicki was the beneficiary, picking up his eighth win of the season.
Both times the rallies started with Nate Irving. Irving blasted a double to left field, one hopping the fence, for the Cavaliers first hit in extra innings. And Woodruff came on to pinch run for him just like he did on Sunday.
Branden Cogswell, who had an impressive 3-for-5 game with two runs, two doubles and a walk, laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Woodruff to third base. Pinero twice tried to lay down a squeeze bunt, but twice fouled it off. But with a 2-2 count, he stayed on a breaking ball and hit it deep enough to centerfield to allow Woodruff to score easily and give Virginia its second straight walk-off College World Series victory.
Here’s a slideshow of the walk-off hit (full game gallery below):
OMAHA, Neb. – The 2014 College World Series is ensuring that fans are nothing if not entertained. For the fourth time in eight games, a team won in its final at-bat, as No. 3 Virginia walked off over No. 7 TCU, 3-2, in 15 innings.
The game matched the longest at the CWS and was the first since Southern California knocked off Florida State, 2-1, in the 1970 championship game. At four hours, fifty-one minutes, it was the fourth- longest in tournament history. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. – Ole Miss is proving a knack for the dramatic at the College World Series. After losing in walk-off fashion on Sunday, the Rebels returned the favor on Texas Tech, eliminating the Red Raiders, 2- 1, on John Gatlin’s walk-off single in the ninth.
Ole Miss (47-20) lost a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth before rallying to end Texas Tech’s (45-21) season. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. — John Gatlin came off the bench for only his 29th at bat of the season and knocked a walk-off single to keep Ole Miss alive in the 2014 College World Series.
After Texas Tech tied the game with a run in the ninth inning, pinch hitter Blake Bortles walked and went to third base when pinch hitter Brantley Bell‘s chopper back to the mound was thrown away. Continue reading
Playing into a stiff wind from the southeast, Texas took advantage of sacrifice hitting and four Louisville errors to beat the Cardinals, 4-1, in an elimination game at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Four different Longhorns scored on a combination of sacrifice flies, fielder’s choices and defensive errors while holding Louisville to just one run on four hits.
Louisville ends the season at 50-17, going 0-4 in their two consecutive CWS appearances.
Texas (44-20) stays alive to take on the loser of Vanderbilt-UC Irvine on Wednesday at 7 p.m. central. The win was UT’s first at TD Ameritrade Park. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. — Texas took advantage of four Louisville errors to take a 4-1 victory Monday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park. The Longhorns kept their season alive while Louisville’s 2014 College World Series tour is over.
Texas (44-20) scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a commanding 3-0 lead behind the arm of Parker French, who allowed one run on four hits in 7.1 innings to improve to 7-5.
OMAHA, Neb. — Texas (44-20) scored three runs in the middle innings and rode the arms of Parker French and Travis Duke to a 4-1 victory over Louisville (50-17) Monday afternoon, eliminating the Cardinals from the 2014 College World Series.
Texas junior Parker French combined with Duke on a four-hitter. French pitched 7.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. French forced Louisville to pound the ball in the ground routinely. And whenever he got in a jam, he let TD Ameritrade Park and the gusting winds play to his advantage.
After the game, French talked about pitching to contact, using primarily all fastballs in TD Ameritrade and his growing confidence in himself.
Parker French also discussed being on the mound in the College World Series and how he has been more aggressive in the postseason, particularly in the spacious TD Ameritrade Park.
He also explained why win-loss record is the worst stat ever invented for pitchers.
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