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Jungmann, Clark Help Texas
Force Game 3 against LSU
Winner-take-all between Longhorns and
Tigers on Wednesday
By Phil Stanton
Neb. – It comes down to one game for
the national title.
Taylor Jungmann (left) pitched his first complete game, and
senior Preston Clark went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBI as
Texas topped LSU 5-1 at the College World Series in front of
21,871 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium to even the championship
series at one game apiece.
The top-seeded Longhorns (50-15-1) and the
third-seeded Tigers (55-17) will play a third and final game on
Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT to decide the national championship.
“It would have been nice to win tonight and wrap
it up,” LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said, “but the kid that
pitched for them had something say about us having to stay
around one more day. He was outstanding. We just couldn’t do
much with him.”
Jungmann (11-3) allowed five hits and one
unearned run with two walks and nine strikeouts.
“I stayed back, and I had a really good feel for
the ball today,” Jungmann said. “[Catcher Cameron] Rupp mixed
the pitches in really well, too. I pounded the zone, throwing
strikes, going right at hitters.”
The game was delayed one hour and 34 minutes by
rain. The temperature dropped from 96 degrees to 82 degrees at
“First, there was the rain,” Texas head coach
Augie Garrido said, “and it played a part in this. I think it
played an important part in it. It took the temperature way
down. It took a lot of the humidity out of it. I think it helped
Taylor in many ways. When we first got to the ballpark it was
steaming. It helped him finish the game.”
Jungmann threw 126 pitches.
“He changed speeds well,” said LSU junior Jared
Mitchell, “kept his pitches down in the zone. He had a lot of
movement low in the zone. He stayed in the zone and made it
tough for us.”
Texas got on the board right away in the top of
the first. Senior Michael Torres drew a leadoff walk on four
pitches and went to second on an errant throw to first by the
catcher, the initial error in the CWS for LSU. Senior Travis
Tucker sacrificed Torres to third. With the infield in, junior
Brandon Belt lined a single to right to plate Torres with the
game’s first run.
The Longhorns added to their lead in the second
as Clark went deep, his third, to push the lead to 2-0.
“I felt great,” Clark said. “I have been trying
too hard in the series. I was just trying to put the ball in
play today and work up the middle. Good things happen when you
cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second. With two outs,
Mitchell (right) singled to left, moved to second on an infield
base hit and scored on an error to make it 2-1.
Texas tacked on three in the third. Junior
Russell Moldenhauer homered for the fourth time in the CWS to
make it 3-1. Sophomore Cameron Rupp doubled and scored on a
two-base hit by sophomore Connor Rowe. Clark’s base hit to left
brought home Rowe to raise the score to 5-1.
“He was brilliant in his performance,” Garrido
said of Jungmann. “His teammates got him an early lead. It’s
been my feeling throughout the years that the best thing for a
pitcher’s curveball is a four-run lead.”
LSU got the lead runner on in the third, fourth,
sixth and ninth, but failed to score. Sophomore DJ LeMahieu
started the third with a triple, but was stranded there.
Mitchell drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, but a fielder’s
choice and a double play ended the frame. Blake Dean reached on
an infield single to start the sixth and advanced to second on
an error. Sophomore Micah Gibbs flew out to center and Dean went
to third. Texas appealed and Dean was called out for leaving
second too early. Freshman Mikie Mahtook struck out to end the
frame. Gibbs had a leadoff single in the ninth, but was stranded
at third as the game ended.
Tiger starter Austin Ross (6-8) took the loss,
going two innings with four hits, two earned runs, one walk and
Belt and Rupp both finished with two hits for the
Longhorns. No player had multiple hits for the Tigers.
(photos courtesy of LSU & Texas Media