Texas routs Air Force to win Austin Regional

6/6/2022 8:27:00 AM

Texas routs Air Force to win Austin Regional

Texas routs Air Force to win Austin Regional

Texas pounced on Air Force with a five-run first inning and cruised to a win in Sunday's...

Stephen Spillman/Associated Press AUSTIN — Texas couldn’t have drawn it up any better.of 2 Texas lefthander Lucas Gordon allowed one run on nine hits with six strikeouts in 51/3 innings in Saturday’s victory over Louisiana Tech.Comments Elizabeth Conley/Staff photographer AUSTIN — The largest crowd ever assembled for a college baseball game at Disch-Falk Field was waiting to erupt Saturday night.According to Texas City Police Department’s Sgt.

Everything, it seemed, went right for the Longhorns Sunday night in their NCAA Tournament Austin Regional final against Air Force at Disch-Falk Field.First baseman Ivan Melendez smoked his 30th home run of the season into the street during a five-run first inning that lasted 26 minutes.There were a few early pops, especially for Texas right fielder Dylan Campbell’s solo home run in the second inning.Outfielder Dylan Campbell clubbed a pair of solo home runs.9 national seed Texas and Louisiana Tech dueled in the NCAA Tournament Austin Regional winners’ bracket.And bullpen-game starter Travis Sthele provided three rock-solid innings, followed by three more from Jared Southard, two from Andre Duplantier and one from Lebarron Johnson Jr.9 national seed Texas and Louisiana Tech dueled in the NCAA Tournament Austin Regional winners’ bracket.Most importantly, No.There were also arrests for drugs, weapons, and alcohol violations.

9 national seed Texas doesn’t have to do it all over again Monday.Texas (44-19) used the momentum from that inning’s three-run outburst to defeat Louisiana Tech (43-20) 5-2 and advance to Sunday’s 7 p.m.The Longhorns (45-19) sailed to a stress-free 10-1 win over Air Force (32-29) with 8,325 in attendance to win the NCAA Tournament Austin Regional and advance to the super regionals for the second straight season.Texas now awaits the winner of Monday afternoon’s Greenville Regional final between eighth-seeded East Carolina and Coastal Carolina.regional final.The Longhorns will host the best-of-three super regional if the Chanticleers win and will travel to Greenville, N.The game’s early portions were tight, chippy.C.The game’s early portions were tight and chippy.Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.

, if ECU wins.“Regional champs is something pretty special.But cooler heads prevailed, and aside from a few long stare downs the game proceeded without incident.Texas starter Lucas Gordon also spent most of the evening playing with fire, placing runners aboard and in scoring position inning after inning only to escape unscathed.We don't take that for granted,” Texas coach David Pierce said.“To be able to come in and play well and play in front of our crowd and finish it like today was pretty special.He paid for just one misplaced pitch over the heart of the plate, which second baseman Wade Elliott poked into center field for a game-tying RBI single in the fourth inning.” The fourth-seeded Falcons had to go out into the sticky heat Sunday afternoon and beat second-seeded Louisiana Tech to get another shot at Texas.And that was the story of the night, Texas making timely plays at the plate, on the mound, in the field.

And they did just that, storming back from a four-run hole to advance to the finals against the Longhorns.And that was the story of the night — Texas making timely plays at the plate, on the mound, in the field.But that extra game sapped Air Force of arms to contend with Texas.Starter Stevan Fairburn Jr.With the game tied at 1, the Longhorns reeled off six straight hits — five singles and a double — to seize a 4-1 lead over the Conference USA tournament champions.Texas first baseman Ivan Melendez got the scoring started that inning, driving an RBI single to center field to score Hodo.lasted just 2/3 of an inning.He allowed all five runs in the first inning and exited after surrendering a two-run double to shortstop Trey Faltine.And by the time second baseman Murphy Stehly touched home to put Texas up 4-1, there didn’t seem to be a single derriere still affixed to a seat in the whole stadium.

And Sthele had no problem retaining that lead, throwing three scoreless innings with two hits, two walks and two strikeouts.“It's just about a mentality, to be honest.The rest of Texas’ bullpen crew was locked in, too.“It's just about a mentality, to be honest.Southard (W, 4-1) recorded a career-high six strikeouts over three scoreless innings, the longest outing of his career.Duplantier allowed only two singles over his two-inning appearance.And they’re gonna go down fighting.” Gordon eventually handed the ball to senior Tristan Stevens.Johnson allowed a leadoff home run to Air Force designated hitter Brayden Altorfer in the ninth, then settled in to record a pair of strikeouts and a game-ending groundout.

“We’ve been through a lot as a bullpen and a lot of things fall on us,” Southard said.The final line from the sophomore southpaw’s first NCAA Tournament start: one run on nine hits with six strikeouts and a walk in 51/3 innings.“But we all just got together and were like ‘we’re not done..’ We know if we're gonna keep going in the postseason, we're gonna have to step up.After entering for Gordon in the sixth, Stevens whizzed strike three past motionless first baseman Philip Matulia to leave runners stranded on the corners and keep the game knotted at 1-1.That's what we've done so far.” After that five-run first inning, Texas added one run in the third, fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth innings.“Those are my favorite moments,” Stevens said.

The Longhorns recorded 13 hits as a team, two of which left the yard courtesy of surging sophomore Campbell.“I just try to slow the game down whenever I get in there,” Campbell said.That’s when the game’s the best, for me.“Just make the most of my opportunity without trying to do too much.” Once the game ended, the second-largest crowd in Disch-Falk history serenaded the Falcons with chants of “U-S-A!” as the teams shook hands.” The Bulldogs recorded 13 hits but left one runner stranded in eight of nine innings and two in the first, second, third, sixth and seventh innings.Afterward, Air Force coach Mike Kazlausky brought all eight senior lieutenants to the post-game press conference as they prepare to leave behind baseball and enter pilot school.

“We were the last No.316 with runners on base and finished the night with 11 hits by eight different players.4 seed standing,” Kazlausky said.“We got to the final 32.“Just so proud of how we played,” Pierce said.Pretty damn good year for these boys.Very, very proud.Tristan followed up with a great outing.

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