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Cruel Ending Carries Texas past
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – I don’t like the term
“walk-off”. I dislike even more the term “walk-off walk”.
Brandon Loy drew a bases-loaded walk on four
pitches with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give Texas a
7-6 victory over Southern Miss in the final opening-round game
of the College World Series in front of 24,142 fans at
The top-seeded Longhorns (47-14-1) will play
fifth-seeded Arizona State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT. The Golden
Eagles (40-25) will face fourth-seeded North Carolina in an
elimination game on Tuesday at 1 p.m.
With one out in the ninth, Travis Tucker was hit
by a pitch from Josh Fields (2-1) and Brandon Belt drew a walk.
Jonathan Johnston came in and struck out Tant Shepherd, but
walked Kyle Lusson, hitting .174, on five pitches and issued a
four-pitch walk to Loy to bring home Tucker with the
Southern Miss had tied the game in the top of the
ninth as Tyler Koelling had a leadoff pinch-hit single, was
sacrificed to second and came home on a two-out base hit by
The Golden Eagles had taken a 5-4 lead with three
in the top of the eighth before a pair of bases-loaded walks in
the bottom of the frame gave the Longhorns a 6-5 advantage.
“I’m going to start with the performance of the
Golden Eagles,” Texas head coach Augie Garrido said. “The ending
is not befitting the performance. Baseball is a cruel game. It’s
a brutal game. It’s about one position to break down. It
misrepresents the spirit of the team, the way that team’s been
coached, the talent of the team, the effort the players made.
It’s just the way baseball treats people sometimes. It was a
helluva baseball game. It was a really tough way for it to end.”
Kevin Keyes roped a two-out two-run double in the
bottom of the first to start the scoring for the Longhorns.
After a leadoff walk to Joey Archer in the fifth,
Michael Ewing of Southern Miss tied it with a dinger to right
center, his fifth. Russell Moldenhauer, who entered the game
hitting .234, went deep for the first time in the sixth to give
the lead back to Texas.
“I believe I’ve hit the ball well all year,”
Moldenhauer said. “Obviously my average and power numbers don’t
show it. Coach Garrido believes in me. Hitting that home run was
great. I’m glad it could come in the College World Series.”
The Longhorns added an insurance run in the
seventh as Brandon Loy had a leadoff single, was sacrificed to
second and scored on a two-out base hit by Connor Rowe to make
Taylor Jungmann (9-3) got the final two outs in
the ninth to earn the win for Texas. Starter Cole Green went
seven innings with six hits, three earned runs, one walk and
eight strikeouts for the Longhorns.
Todd McInnis went 6.2 innings for Southern Miss
with six hits, four earned runs, three walks and four
strikeouts. The Golden Eagles used four relievers.
“I thought our team played extremely hard,”
Southern Miss head coach Corky Palmer said, “had an opportunity
to win, kept coming back. We just didn’t throw strikes at the
end of the game. It’s a tough way to lose. I thought we handled
everything well. We had every opportunity to win. We didn’t get
Moldenhauer had two hits and two runs for Texas.
Michael Ewing had two hits and two RBI for Southern Miss.