Texas 1, Virginia 0 – Fourth inning
Needing a win to continue the program’s all-time 37th place in the College World Series, Texas play a second elimination game in three days, this time against Virginia on Thursday (6 p.m. ESPN2). After suffering a first-round loss to Mississippi State, the Longhorns remained alive with a win over Tennessee on Tuesday, knocking out tournament volunteers with an 8-4 victory as the Cavaliers fell to the Bulldogs. in nightcap, 6-5.
A win for Texas (48-16) puts head coach David Pierce’s team in the national semifinals for the first time in their tenure and for the first time since 2014, the last trip to Omaha to end Augie Garrido when the Longhorns lost a winner to future national champion Vanderbilt. Virginia head coach (36-26) Brian O’Connor is no stranger to major University World Series games, as the Creighton product has led the Cavaliers to his hometown five times, with the Cavaliers winning the national championship in 2015, a season after losing to the Commodores in the Championship Series.
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– The most important problem before the first pitch is the weather. The NCAA announced via Twitter at 5:38 p.m. that the game would be delayed without giving out a potential start time. Steve Robertson, who covers Mississippi State for 247Sports, reported at 5:59 pm Thursday’s game “won’t start until 7:00 pm.” Further, Robertson said, citing a source, that if the game cannot be played on Thursday, “it will likely be played at 9 a.m.” on Friday, with the winner turning around and facing the Bulldogs at 6 p.m.
– According to Texas radio play-by-play voice Craig Way, an NCAA representative said: “Every effort will be made to ensure that this match is played tonight. That said, the action is not expected to begin until 9pm.
– The latest from Omaha is that pre-game preparations could start at 9 p.m. or earlier. If so, things could start around 9.45pm.
– The delay finally ends at four hours, but the Longhorns and Cavaliers are due to start at 9.45pm. The field team had portable fans under the tarp to speed up the drying process at one point, but the bad weather came out and it’s time for some ball play in Omaha.
– The first pitch from Virginia’s Mark Vasil (7-5, 4.82 ERA) to Texas center fielder Mike Antico is a ball. The official start time for tonight’s match is 9:46 p.m.
– Pierce, who remains in the same lineup he chose for the win over Tennessee, sees Antico fly to the center, third baseman Cam Williams ends up on third base and opening baseman Zach Zubia hits to end on the sleeve. The Longhorns fall in order in the first and will send red-shirted first-year southpaw Pete Hansen (9-1, 1.79 ERA) to the mound to take on the Cavaliers for the first time tonight.
– Virginia third baseman Zack Gelof offers Hansen a 2-1 offer to right field, nearly leading the game with a solo homerun. However, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha’s dimensions benefit Texas as Gelof’s shot veers right from where the right-field fence is extended, allowing Douglas Hodo to hook the wall for the first out of the game. match.
– Hansen took out second baseman Max Cotier at bat, then gave up an infield single to right fielder Kyle Teel. Teel’s ground player is chosen by Williams, who cannot perform the transfer of his glove while moving to his left in time to make a play at first base.
– Hansen’s 14-pitch inning ends when designated hitter Devin Ortiz finds himself in a fielder’s pick 4-6. The Longhorns and Cavaliers didn’t score a goal thanks to a suit.
–Taxes designate hitter Ivan Melendez takes a lead in the scoring and slaps a 2-0 offer from Vasil down the left field line for a brace. Starting with his ninth inning single in Sunday’s loss to Mississippi State, Melendez has reached base four times in his last six batters (2 on 4, one double, one run and two walks. ).
– Shortstop Trey Faltine draws a goal over four lengths and an out. The Longhorns have runners in the first and second row with one out and Hodo coming home.
– Hodo arrives, leading Vasil’s 0-2 step into right field. Melendez scores and the Longhorns, who are 33-1 this season when they score first, have their first lead of the game. Texas 1, Virginia 0
– Left fielder Eric Kennedy leaps a ball towards the mound at Vasil’s foot and is out. Catcher Silas Ardoin watches the third catch on a 1-2 pitch and the inning is over with the Longhorns scoring a run on two hits and leaving two runners on base.
– Virginia places the lead man on the base to open the half of the field. Shortstop Nic Kent grabbed the second shot he saw from Hansen, putting him in the middle of the field for a single.
– Hansen is fighting to take out left fielder Alex Tappen (Faltine roster) and first baseman Jake Gelof (knockout). Catcher Logan Michaels arrives at home with two downs and a runner on first base.
– Michaels’ seventh pitch at bat is a swing and miss for the third strike. Hansen’s breaking ball is in place early with three out of two full strikeouts. Kent ends the failed inning at second after advancing on a wild pitch. Vasil returns for Virginia in the third inning with Antico and the top of the order for the Longhorns.
– Antico is Vasil’s third batting victim of the evening. The three strikeouts by the Texas hitters ended with Zubia, Ardoin and Antico watching the third strike.
– Williams comes out at the end of a nine-ball batting game thanks to a huge running catch in left field. The quick swing of the momentum stays with Virginia as Vasil backs Zubia with his fourth strike of the night ending Texas’ third. Hansen will enter his third inning of work with 29 shots to his name.
– Center fielder Chris Newell walks at the end of a nine-pitched batting game, putting the leading man on base for the second straight inning for the Cavaliers. With Zack Gelof in place, Hansen begins his second trip to the Virginia roster with a rider in the front row and no one outside.
– After Gelof became the fourth victim of a strikeout by Hansen, Ardoin continued his remarkable College World Series behind plate. He throws Newell by mile as he tries to steal second for second in the round, bringing Cotier to home plate with no one on base.
– Cotier finished second and the round is over. Thanks to three white innings on the mound, Hansen allowed two hits, struck out four on catches and walked one in 51 shots.