LONG BEACH, Calif. — Texas was unable to find enough offense to catch up with Long Beach State in a 2-1 loss at Blair Field on Monday night. With the win, the Dirtbags secured their regional’s championship and eliminated Texas from the NCAA tournament.
Texas finishes the 2017 season — its first under head coach David Pierce — with a 39-24 record.
Thanks to a first-inning error and a third-inning rundown that allowed another runner to score, Long Beach State scored two early runs off Texas starter Nick Kennedy. That would be enough offense for the Dirtbags as Texas’ lone run was manufactured on a wild pitch in the fifth inning.
Texas was held to four hits, two of which were recorded in the sixth inning. The Longhorns, though, failed to produce any runs after they placed runners in second and third base with one out in that inning. In the ninth inning, the heart of Texas’ batting order was retired in order.
Long Beach State (41-18-1) advances to play Cal State Fullerton (37-21) in the super regionals.
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