It was a nail biter until the very end, but the Texas Longhorns baseball team is going to Omaha for the College World Series after beating Tennessee Tech 5-2 in Game 3 of their Super Regional match up.
Golden Spikes Award finalist Kody Clemens continued his tear hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning that put Texas up 3-0. Clemens has been tearing it up this month. Since the NCAA tournament began on June 1, Clemens is now 11-for-22 with five home runs, five runs scored, three doubles and 11 RBIs. Clemens’ homer in the third was the first of two Texas long balls in the inning, as catcher DJ Petrinsky also went deep, giving Texas a 4-0 lead.
The scoring got started in the bottom of the second, when Ryan Reynolds hit a two-run double off of Tennessee Tech starter Alex Hursey, who took the loss after giving up four runs five hits, two home runs, and one walk in his three innings of work.
Texas’ final run of the game came in the sixth inning as Tate Shaw scored following an error by Tech first baseman Chase Chambers. The bottom of the ninth was squirelly for the Longhorns. Joe Robinson started the inning and gave up a single, and he was then pulled for Andy McGuire. McGuire struck out a batter, walked one and got his final batter of the game to fly out. Two men on, the tying run at the plate, and Nolan Kingham was brought in to finish off Tennessee Tech. He walked his first batter, and with the bases loaded got Brennon Kaleiwahea to ground out to shortstop as the Longhorns finished off the 5-2 win. Kingham picked up his third save.
For the Longhorns, it’s a record 36th trip to the College World Series and the program’s first since 2014.
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