C.J Hinojosa drove in two runs and Parker French pitched six scoreless innings as Texas beat Houston 4-0 on Saturday to win the Austin Super Regional and advance to the College World Series.
Texas (43-19) is headed to Omaha for the 35th time, more than any other school, after missing the NCAA tournament altogether the previous two years. The Longhorns’ last trip to the CWS was in 2011.
The Longhorns will face the winner of the super regional between Oklahoma State and California-Irvine, which the Anteaters led 1-0 before Saturday’s late game.
Texas coach Augie Garrido figured he had enough talent to restore the program, but wasn’t sure if the Longhorns would reach the CWS.
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“I knew we could,” Garrido said. “But I didn’t know that we would be able to make the sacrifices that it takes to be selfless and to really committing their heart and their soul.”
• Texas Tech 1, College of Charleston 0: Chris Sadberry struck out a career-high eight, and the Red Raiders (44-19) held off the Cougars.
Sadberry worked a career-best eight innings as Tech improved to 32-4 at home and took the lead in the best-of-three series.
“I just spotted up my pitches,” the junior left-hander said. “I wanted to go out there with an attitude to attack the hitters with the fastball and work the other pitches off that.”
Texas Tech got its third shutout in the past four games to move one win from reaching the College World Series for the first time.
•Stanford 5, Vanderbilt 4:
Wayne Taylor hit a game-ending home run to the right-field stands in the ninth inning, lifting the Cardinal (35-25) over the Commodores (45-19) and forcing a deciding third game.
Vanderbilt tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the ninth when Stanford reliever A.J. Vanegas hit Xavier Turner with the bases loaded in a rally started when Dansby Swanson reached first on a wild pitch after striking out. But Rhett Wiseman grounded out to second, leaving the bases loaded.
• Maryland 5, Virginia 4: Jake Stinnett pitched six solid innings, Brandon Lowe had two RBIs and the Terrapins (40-21) beat the Cavaliers (47-14) to move one win from advancing to their first College World Series.
In a matchup of All-ACC pitchers, Stinnett outworked Virginia’s Nathan Kirby by scattering three runs and six hits. The Cavaliers left 14 men on base, going 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
• UC Irvine 8, Oklahoma State 4: Taylor Sparks had four hits and scored twice, and Adam Alcantara’s two-run single in the fourth inning gave the Anteaters a lead they would not relinquish.