The Texas Longhorns capped off their NCAA baseball super regional with a 12-4 win over South Florida on Sunday night in Austin. Here are my three takeaways from the game as the Longhorns are heading to the College World Series for the 37th time in school history.
1. Offensive Explosion
Despite being down 2-0 after the first inning, the Longhorns didn’t seem to bat an eye because in the very next inning, they were able to add four runs. In that inning, Trey Faltine, Silas Ardoin, Eric Kennedy and Mike Antico all had RBIs to help give Texas a 4-2 lead.
From there, Trey Faltine would hit a two-run double in the third before the Horns put up two more in the fifth inning thanks to two bases loaded walks. Going into the seventh inning, up 8-4, Peyton Powell knocked in a run, but it was Cam Williams who put the exclamation point on the game with a huge two-run blast to dead center field to give Texas a commanding 11-4 lead.
In the final inning, Zach Zubia would drive in a run to give the Horns a total of 12 runs in the ballgame. Texas had hot bats all night long and it felt like they could have put 20 plus runs if a couple more things went their way.
2. Pitching Depth
The Longhorns have plenty of quality arms and they only needed three of those arms on Sunday night. Tristan Stevens got the start and despite giving up two early runs, I thought he settled down nicely. He gave up a total of four earned runs in nearly six innings of work but with the score the way it was, I thought he calmed down a bit after the first inning. Then came in Cole Quintanilla who didn’t give up a single hit in a little over two innings before Aaron Nixon closed out the game in the ninth inning. This team has a ton of depth when it comes to pitching. If the bats can continue to stay hot, this team has the potential to win a few games in Omaha.
3. Omaha Bound
With the win on Sunday night, the Texas Longhorns are going to the College World Series for the 37th time in school history which is the most by far in College Baseball. Texas is no stranger to Omaha and David Pierce will now have taken the Horns there twice in the last three seasons due to the 2020 season being called due to COVID. Unlike the 2018 team, this Texas team is much deeper and has a better lineup. Not only can this team win some games, but I would not be shocked at all to see this team playing for a championship.