2010 Austin Super Regional

Capsules by Barrett Neale, Michael Perry, Matt Mullen, Andrew Woods, Sean Ryan, Phil Stanton


2. Texas Longhorns

Austin, Texas

At-large bid from Big 12, Won Austin Regional

2010 record: 24-3, 49-11 (first in Big 12)

Head coach: Augie Garrido (Fresno State, 1961)

Record at school: 616-280-2, 14 years

Overall record: 1,767-604-9, 42 years

Associate head coach: Tommy Harmon

Assistant coaches: Skip Johnson, Travis Tucker

Team offense: .289 BA, 411 R, 79 HR, .479 SLG%, .378 OB%, 85-109 SB

Team pitching: 2.45 ERA, 543 IP, 431 H, 169 BB, 530 K

Top hitters: Russell Moldenhauer (.341/9/41/14 2B), Tant Shepherd (.333/7/34/19 2B/14-15 SB), Cohl Valla (.321/8/37/12 2B/14-16 SB), Cameron Rupp (.317/10/54/13 2B), Kevin Keyes (.305/14/57/11 2B/13-16 SB), Brandon Loy (.260/1/23/10 2B/12-20 SB), Kevin Lusson (.251/14/45), Connor Rowe (.248/2/17), Jordan Etier (.224/9/32/13-17 SB)

Top pitchers: Chance Ruffin (6-1, 14 SV, 0.73 ERA, 61.2 IP, 39 H, 18 BB, 96 K), Taylor Jungmann (7-3, 2.10 ERA, 111.2 IP, 82 H, 39 BB, 120 K), Cole Green (11-1, 2.63 ERA, 106 IP, 83 H, 24 BB, 71 K), Brandon Workman (12-1, 3.43 ERA, 99.2 IP, 94 H, 23 BB, 97 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (3-0 in Austin Regional, 2-1 in Austin Super Regional, 4-2 in College World Series)

Notes: Texas was the national runner-up a season ago, dropping two of three in the championship series to LSU. Texas is making its seventh Super Regional appearance, having posted a 12-3 record. The Longhorns took two of three from TCU a season ago in Austin to advance to Omaha. Texas won the Big 12 regular-season title by eight games, but lost three times in three tournament games after losing only three in 27 regular-season league contests. Texas is a national seed for the fifth time since the tourney format changed in 1999, and the Longhorns will be shooting for their third title since 2002. Over 43 years, coach Augie Garrido has compiled 1,757 wins - an average of nearly 41 a season. The Longhorns boast one the country's best pitching staffs, which limits hitters to a .219 average. Its team ERA of 2.45 (tops in the nation) is 3.6 runs better than its opponents (6.06). In fact, no one on the Longhorns has an ERA higher than Austin Dicharry's 3.62. Chance Ruffin, the son of former major league hurler Bruce Ruffin, has been one of the best relievers in the country, putting up Huston Street-like numbers. He has 96 strikeouts and 18 walks in 61.2 innings, and opponents hit .176 off him. Taylor Junmann has electric stuff and has struck out 120 in 112 innings. And Cole Green has four complete games, including two shutouts. Texas thrives on the belief that its offense is suspect. The Longhorns score nearly seven runs a game and have pop up and down the order. Kevin Keyes and Kevin Lusson have the most power, but Russell Moldenhauer and Tant Shepherd pepper the ball around the park. And as always, Garrido's team manufactures runs. The Longhorns have 72 sacrifice bunts compared to 28 for their opponents.

TCU Horned Frogs

Fort Worth, Texas

Automatic bid – won Mountain West Tournament, Won Fort Worth Regional

2010 record: 19-5, 49-11 (first in Mountain West)

Head coach: Jim Schlossnagle (Elon, 1992)

Record at school: 300-131, 7 years

Overall record: 377-178, 9 years

Assistant coaches: Todd Whitting, Randy Mazey, Ryan Shotzberger

Team offense: .345 BA, 535 R, 90 HR, .566 SLG%, .420 OB%, 71-102 SB

Team pitching: 3.48 ERA, 537.2 IP, 508 H, 173 BB, 497 K

Top hitters: Jason Coats (.377/13/65/22 2B/.656 SLG%), Brance Rivera (.370/6/26), Josh Elander (.366/2/33/16 2B), Matt Curry (.353/17/59/26 2B/.725 SLG%), Bryan Holaday (.347/12/47/22 2B), Taylor Featherston (.343/7/44), Jerome Pena (.333/9/49), Aaron Schultz (.307/9/49/11-14 SB)

Top pitchers: Kaleb Merck (2-1, 3 SV, 1.08 ERA, 25 IP, 16 H, 5 BB, 19 K) , Tyler Lockwood (6-2, 5 SV, 2.06 ERA, 56.2 IP, 51 H, 17 BB, 35 K), Steven Maxwell (11-1, 2.51 ERA, 97 IP, 79 H, 31 BB, 87 K), Kyle Winkler (11-1, 3.05, 106.1 IP, 98 H, 30 BB, 84 K), Matt Purke (13-0, 3.40 ERA, 95.1 IP, 81 H, 27 BB, 122 K), Trent Appleby (3-1, 1 SV, 3.41 ERA, 37 IP, 38 H, 11 BB, 23 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (3-0 at Fort Worth Regional, 1-2 at Austin Super Regional)

Notes: TCU is making its second Super Regional appearance. The Horned Frogs dropped two of three at Texas a season ago. This is the Horned Frogs’ seventh-consecutive NCAA bid. They hosted a Regional for the first time last season and won their first Regional title. TCU is the only Division I team that didn’t lose a weekend series all season. The team set single-season records for home runs with 90 and doubles with 170. The Horned Frogs are coming off of a Mountain West conference championship, their fifth during the past six years, and a fifth-consecutive regular-season conference title. Junior Steven Maxwell was named Pitcher of the Year, pitcher Matt Purke was chosen as Freshman of the Year and Jim Schlossnagle was awarded Coach of the Year for the fifth traight time. Senior catcher Bryan Holaday, senior first baseman Matt Curry, junior second baseman Jerome Pena, sophomore shortstop Taylor Featherston, sophomore outfielder Jason Coats, sophomore outfielder Brance Rivera and senior pitcher Tyler Lockwood joined Maxwell and Burke on the All-MWC First Team, while sophomore Kyle Winkler made the second team. Holaday, the team captain and MVP of the MWC tournament, is one of 16 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award. Purke and Winkler have both accepted invitations to compete in the 2010 USA National Team Trials in July.