The Texas Longhorns started their NCAA baseball super regional with a 4-3 game one win over South Florida on Saturday night in Austin. Here are my three takeaways from the game as the Longhorns are just one more win away from heading to the College World Series in Omaha.
1. Ty Madden Was Great
It’s no secret that Texas pitcher Ty Madden is one of the best pitchers in all of college baseball. He was named as an All-American and was the Big 12 pitcher of the year. He has been great all season and Saturday night was no different. Ty pitched nearly seven full innings and allowed just three hits and struck out nine batters. This was likely Madden’s last appearance at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, and it was certainly a memorable one from him.
2. Crazy Ninth Inning
Going into the ninth inning, Texas had a 3-0 lead. On the mound for Texas was Tanner Witt to close out the game. South Florida’s Daniel Cantu hit a solo shot to put a run on the board. No big deal, right? WRONG. Down to their last out, Drew Brutcher hit a two-run blast to tie the game up at three going into the bottom of the ninth.
Despite blowing the lead, Texas would answer right back. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Texas had a runner on first. Up to bat was Eric Kennedy who hit a walk-off double to send in the winning run as the Longhorns would win in dramatic fashion. It was quite a scene at the Disch because the sold-out crowd was going crazy.
3. One Win Away
With the win on Saturday night, the Longhorns have a chance on Sunday to punch their ticket to Omaha. They will play Sunday night at 8 p.m. central time as Texas is just one win away from heading to the College World Series for the 37th time in school history. If the Longhorns can’t close it out on Sunday, they will have another chance on Monday to win the series.