The Texas Longhorns capped off their NCAA baseball regional with an 8-2 win over Fairfield on Sunday night down in Austin. Here are three takeaways from the game as the Longhorns are headed to the Super Regionals next weekend after finishing the weekend at 3-0.
1. Pete Hanson
Pete is the number three guy for Texas on the mound and while he may be third in the rotation, he is more than good enough to be an ace on another team. Hanson pitched six and two-thirds innings as he struck out 13 batters on Sunday night. He gave up a total of two runs with one of those being earned. Out of his 91 pitchers, 65 of them went for strikes. With the current starting rotation Texas has (Ty Madden, Tristan Stevens, and Pete Hanson), they may be the best trio of starting pitchers in the entire country. Between the starters and the bullpen, this team has plenty of arms.
2. Runs, Runs and More Runs
This game was pretty much over after the third inning. Texas scored a run in the first inning, but the offense really took over the game in the second and third inning. In the second inning Mike Antico had a bunt the helped score a run before Zach Zubia and Cam Williams drove in three more runs. In the third inning, Zubia knocked in another run and Cam Williams was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in another. The scoring fest ended after Douglas Hodo III a triple that brought in three more runs to give Texas a 10-0 lead going into the bottom of the third inning. Texas has been hot at the plater all weekend long as they have scored at least ten runs in all three of their regional games.
3. On to the Next One
I knew Texas had a good set up to make it to the Supers, but they absolutely dominated this past weekend as they outscored their three opponents 33 to 5. The pitching was great throughout the weekend and the bats were hot for all three of their games. With Florida out of the picture, Texas awaits to host either South Florida or South Alabama next weekend.