UPDATED: 4:50 p.m.
OMAHA, Neb. — If Texas coach Augie Garrido thought his Longhorns looked out of character against UC Irvine, then things were back to normal Monday against Louisville.
The Texas offense manufactured runs in its typical small-ball style, and starter Parker French kept the Cardinals off-balance in a 4-1 win at the College World Series.
The Longhorns (44-20) avoided elimination in the loser’s bracket and advanced to Wednesday’s game against the UC Irvine-Vanderbilt loser at TD Ameritrade Park. It also snapped a four-game losing streak in Omaha as Texas grabbed its first CWS win since 2009.
Texas now has an NCAA-record 83 wins in the College World Series. Only USC (74) and Arizona State (61) are even close. Garrido’s club needs to win three more to win Bracket One and advance to the best-of-3 championship series.
French (7-5) allowed a run in the eighth inning but otherwise gave up four harmless singles and struck out three. Reliever Travis Duke went right at hitters in the eighth and ninth innings and picked up his first save of the season.
Louisville starter Anthony Kidston came into the game with a 14-0 record in 19 collegiate starts. But the Longhorns piled up six hits in the first four innings, and Garrido wasn’t about to let any good scoring chances get wasted this time.
In the third, Zane Gurwitz led off with a double, and Brooks Marlow quickly moved Gurwitz over to third. Ben Johnson hit a sacrifice fly into shallow left, and Gurwitz raced home. It was much closer play than third base coach Tommy Nicholson probably expected, but Gurwitz beat the throw nonetheless.
Then, the Cardinals had the first of four errors in the fourth inning when Kacy Clemens pushed home a run on a throwing mistake.
Texas added another run in the fifth off of two Louisville errors. C.J Hinojosa hit a ball back to Kidston, who threw to second for a force out. But the shortstop botched the relay throw to first, and Mark Payton scrambled home when the ball bounced toward the Texas dugout.
Louisville finally scratched out a run in the eighth when Cole Sturgeon grounded out to second. But the ‘Horns added an insurance run in the ninth when Brooks Marlow hit a sac fly to right field.
UPDATED: 2:10 p.m.
We are underway from TD Ameritrade Park. Texas leadoff man Brooks Marlow hits a sinking liner into center field, and Cole Sturgeon makes a great diving catch. First pitch was 2:08 p.m.
UPDATED: 1:50 p.m.
OMAHA, Neb. — Some tidbits on today’s pitching matchup…
Louisville’s right-handed sophomore Anthony Kidston has a 14-0 career record in 19 collegiate starts. He’s also 9-0 this season, having allowed 50 singles. He’s not untouchable; Kidston’s ERA this season is 3.54.
Texas right-handed junior Parker French is 1-0 this postseason with a 1.42 ERA. He’s allowed 11 hits in 12 2/3 innings.
Follow along as Brian Davis and Kirk Bohls live-tweet from Monday’s game at the College World Series on Monday afternoon.
#Texas is today's visitor. Lineups: 2B Marlow, LF Johnson, CF Payton, C Barrera, SS Hinojosa, RF Shaw, DH Carter, 1B Clemens, 3B Gurwitz.
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) June 16, 2014
#Louisville bats like this: C Gibson, CF Sturgeon, DH Solak (.362), LF Gardner, 3B Chittenden, RF Ray, 1B Kay, SS Whiting, 2B Lucas.
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) June 16, 2014
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 16, 2014
UPDATED: 12:55 p.m.
OMAHA, Neb. — The sun has broken through here at TD Ameritrade Park, and we should have baseball at 2 p.m., as scheduled.
Just a little more than an hour ago, it looked awful. We had golf-ball sized hail coming down at the hotel, and car alarms were going off in the parking lot.
The National Weather Service said there’s a 40 percent chance of rain in the Omaha area today. But the radar indicated it was heading northeast. As we drove to the park, there were some areas where it hadn’t rained a drop.
Texas and Louisville players were both taking batting practice in the tunnels underground, so they should be ready to go at first pitch.
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