Powered by two home runs and the arms of Matteo Bocchi, Parker Joe Robinson and Nolan Kingham, Texas upended Tennessee Tech to win its NCAA super regional on Monday.
The win at UFCU Disch-Falk Field sends Texas to the College World Series for the 36th time in school history, which is an NCAA record. Texas has won six national championships. The Longhorns last got to Omaha in 2014.
Texas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Ryan Reynolds doubled in two of his teammates. In the third inning, Kody Clemens and DJ Petrinsky doubled that advantage with solo home runs to left field. Clemens’ deep fly was his fifth of the NCAA tournament while Petrinsky connected on his third postseason homer.
— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) June 11, 2018
On Monday, Texas used six pitchers to hold off the NCAA’s top-ranked offense. Bocchi contributed five innings of four-hit baseball in his fourth start of the season. Robinson, who worked 2 2/3 innings, was the most effective of UT’s relievers. Two days after he started against Tennessee Tech, Kingham inherited two base runners in the ninth inning but was able to save the game.
Texas (42-21) will open the College World Series against either Arkansas or South Carolina.
Tennessee Tech ends its season with a 53-12 record.
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