June 16, 2014
Advantage, Eliminates Louisville
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. - Texas played the cleaner
The Longhorns took advantage of four Louisville
errors to score a pair of unearned runs as Texas won 4-1 in the
first elimination game of the 2014 College World Series in front
of 17,612 fans at TD Ameritrade Park.
Texas (44-20) will play another elimination
contest on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. CT. The Cardinals
finished the year with a 50-17 mark.
"Congratulate Texas," Louisville head coach Dan
McDonnell said. "They pitched well. They played clean. They
manufactured a run when they had a chance to."
The Longhorns put up single runs in the third,
fourth and fifth innings. Zane Gurwitz had a leadoff double in
the third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ben Johnson to give
the Longhorns a 1-0 lead.
One inning later, C.J. Hinojosa had a leadoff
single, moved to second on a single by Collin Shaw, was
sacrificed to third and scored on a fielder's choice by Kacy
Clemens to make it a 2-0 contest.
In the fifth, Mark Payton drew a one-out walk and
scored on an error to extend the lead to 3-0.
"They gave us some extra outs," Texas head coach
Augie Garrido said. "They gave us some extra bases within the
framework of the innings that we scored."
Louisville finally got on the board in the
eighth. Sutton Whiting drew a leadoff walk and moved to second
when Zach Lucas was hit by a pitch. Both runner moved up a base
on a sac bunt.
That signaled the end of the day for Texas
starter Parker French (7-5). He worked 7.1 innings with four
hits, one run, three walks and three strikeouts.
"I think the command was there," French said.
"They started swinging at a lot of early fastballs. We wanted to
start mixing it up with a slider a little bit more to give them
something to think about, make them uncomfortable. Because their
whole game was making the pitcher and defense uncomfortable.
That's how they score runs.
"You have to attack them first before they attack
you. That was our plan, stay ahead of them all day."
The Longhorn defense did not commit any errors
and recorded 14 assists.
"I come in confident every game," French said
about his defense. "When they start making those plays it makes
me more of a strike-throwing machine. I just worry about my job
throwing strikes and let them do their job, which is to pick it
up and throw it."
Travis Duke took over on the mound and enticed
Cole Sturgeon to ground out to second, driving in Whiting to
make it 3-1. A strikeout end the threat.
Texas tacked on an insurance run in the top of
the ninth. Madison Carter had a leadoff single to left, moved to
second on an error, was sacrificed to third and came home on a
sacrifice fly by Brooks Marlow to extend the lead to 4-1.
Duke (1.2 IP, 2 K) retired the Cardinals in order
in the ninth to record his first save.
"The game was controlled from our point of view
by the pitching of Parker French and Travis Duke," Garrido said.
Anthony Kidston (9-1) suffered his first loss of
the season, going eight innings with six hits and three runs
(two earned) with one walk and five strikeouts.
"Those guys that know Anthony know what a great
job he does when he's in jams and the ability to strike a guy
out and get out of jams," McDonnell said. "Give them credit,
because they got guys on and they moved them over and they got
them in scoring position. But all in all, I thought he pitched