OMAHA, Neb. — Today is the first day of the College World Series, and Texas opens play at 2 p.m. against UC Irvine. It’s a double-elimination event, and whether the Longhorns win or lose, they’ll play again Monday.
Follow along here for all of Kirk Bohls and Brian Davis’ live tweeting, blog posts and photos on occasion. And of course, we’ll give updates on the food situation here, too. Last night’s first stop was Stokes Grill & Bar. Top-notch enchiladas, we would say.
Today’s reading: As excited as Texas, Texas Tech and TCU are to reach the College World Series, none of them have any Omaha experience.
Kirk Bohls column: Texas catcher Tres Barrera is finally catching up to his confidence.
Notebook: UC Irvine ace lets his arm do the talking.
No surprises in Texas’ batting order: The Longhorns have basically used the same lineup all season long, and they’re going with the same order they’ve used in the postseason.
Texas will bat like this: 2B Brooks Marlow, LF Ben Johnson, CF Mark Payton, C Tres Barrera, SS C.J Hinojosa, RF Collin Shaw, DH Madison Carter, 1B Kacy Clemens, 3B Zane Gurwitz.
And UC Irvine looks like this: 3B Taylor Sparks, SS Chris Rabago, 1B Connor Spencer, C Jerry McClanahan, DH Jonathan Munoz, 2B Grant Palmer, RF Kris Paulino, LF Adam Alcanatara, CF Justin Castro.
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 14, 2014
Texas is home team: By virtue of being a higher seed, No. 2 seed Texas will be the home team this afternoon against third-seeded UC Irvine. The Anteaters are the lowest seed of all the CWS teams.
‘Horns to start RHP Thornhill: Texas pitcher Nathan Thornhill should be in his element today.
As good as he has been all season, the senior right-hander has been even more dominant away from Disch-Falk Field. In all road and neutral-site games, the Cedar Park product has a microscopic 0.39 ERA.
Man, it’s windy today: Just went down to the field, and you could feel the wind blowing hard even in the dugout. Looking out at the center field flag poles, the wind is literally blowing straight in. This park is darn near impossible to hit home runs as it is.
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) June 14, 2014
Perfect Friday night: The opening ceremonies for the College World Series went off without a hitch Friday night.
As part of the festivities, skydivers dropped into TD Ameritrade Park with one for each team. The Texas skydiver guy wore a Longhorn jersey and carried a Texas flag. Longhorn spokesman Justin Moore said, “It was an electric atmosphere.”
The teams walked in through the center-field gate with a highlight video played for each team.
Academic awards were presented with Louisville leading the pack with an overall 3.24 GPA, which barely edged out Texas’ 3.21 GPA. Longhorn junior closer John Curtiss won the Elite 89 Award that goes to the individual athlete with the highest GPA. He has a 3.85 GPA, which we’re told was higher than Augie Garrido’s at Fresno State.
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