First-year Texas baseball coach David Pierce has been to the postseason 16 straight years - 11 as an assistant coach and five as a head coach.
He won't know about the Longhorns' postseason fate for another week.
But Texas (33-19, 10-11 Big 12) certainly helped itself with a come-from-behind, 6-2 victory over the Mountaineers (31-21, 11-11), who are also fighting to secure a postseason berth. The Big 12 is the only conference with six teams in the RPI top 25. WVU has an RPI of 20 and Texas has an RPI of 23.
On Friday, sophomore RHP Nolan Kingham (8-4) got the win for the Longhorns, going seven innings and giving up two runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Texas trailed 2-0 through five innings as West Virginia was able to get a run off Kingham in the second thanks to a leadoff double and an RBI single as well as a run in the fifth inning after WVU put together three straight, one-out singles.
The Longhorns, however, began answering with one out in the sixth inning. That's when Travis Jones reached first base on a throwing error by WVU shortstop Jimmy Galusky. Kacy Clemens drew a walk before Bret Boswell drove an RBI double into right field, scoring Jones from second base and moving Clemens to third. Texas tied the game - 2-2 - when Clemens scored on a wild pitch by WVU starter B.J. Myers.
In the seventh, Texas added the go-ahead run. Catcher Michael Cantu opened the inning with a walk before Tyler Rand replaced him as a pinch runner. David Hamilton then reached first with a bunt before Patrick Mathis executed a fake-bunt swing, driving a pitch up the middle and scoring Rand from second base, putting Texas up, 3-2.
Kody Clemens drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Travis Jones added an RBI single, putting Texas up, 5-2, after seven innings.
Lefty Nick Kennedy relieved Kingham in the eighth and tossed a perfect 1-2-3 inning, and Texas added an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning to make it 6-2 for Beau Ridgeway. Ridgeway entered and shut the Mountaineers down in order in the ninth to seal the win for the Longhorns.
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