That's All, Folks
UC-Irvine bounced Texas from the Round Rock Regional, 9-6, Monday to complete a rain-delayed contest from Sunday night. Two Longhorn errors, a hit batsman and a wild pitch contributed to three unearned Anteater runs in the bottom of the eighth to break open what had been a one-run Irvine lead.
Horns end season early, 9-6
The Texas Longhorns had 17 hours to sit and think about how to survive, how they were going to use two innings to come back and stop the downward spiral toward elimination. All that extra time off, however, couldn't change the fact that it wasn't their time. The injuries came at the wrong time. The errors came at the wrong time. The strikeouts came at the wrong time. And they ended up playing UC Irvine at the wrong time. On Monday, the second-seeded Anteaters finished what they started Sunday, finishing off Texas with a 9-6 victory in the Round Rock Regional championship game at Dell Diamond. UC Irvine advanced to the NCAA super regionals, and Texas was eliminated in the first round for the second straight season.
In the end, Horns couldn't handle the pressure
It's official. Even with the downpour that hit Dell Diamond an hour after Texas' loss to UC Irvine on Monday, the Longhorns are experiencing what an extended drought — relatively speaking — feels like. Two consecutive years without a trip to the College World Series, for a program that keeps house in Omaha, certainly qualifies. Texas has made more visits there (32) than any other college baseball team, but won't return there this year because of shrinkage under the massive expectations facing its players and coaches.
Horns out with loss to UC Irvine
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Texas coach Augie Garrido said facing UC Irvine was like looking in the mirror. The Anteaters played small ball, executed to perfection and never flinched at the Round Rock regional. The Longhorns did the same things all season long. That was until the NCAA Tournament. Maybe they were too tight or maybe they just weren't good enough. But the Longhorns were bewildered after the Anteaters captured the regional championship with a 9-6 victory.
UT falls short of College World Series for second-straight year
San Antonio Express-News
Texas sophomore Kyle Russell stayed awake in bed late Saturday night, unable to stop contemplating something he did not want to contemplate. The Longhorns' baseball season — and possibly his own UT career — was perhaps six outs from being over. "You know if things don't go your way, you're going home," Russell, UT's slugging sophomore, said. Things hardly went the Longhorns' way during UC Irvine's 9-6 victory Monday afternoon at Dell Diamond, in the completion of UT's NCAA regional elimination game delayed from Sunday night.
World Series hopes dashed; Texas loses 6-9
Going into the top of the ninth inning down by four runs to UC Irvine, Texas was forced to face the fact that their season was probably ending. But the Longhorns, a team that head coach Augie Garrido swears is different from last year's disappointing squad, refused to go down without a fight.
Expectations high for Longhorns; "tense up" due to pressure
All season long, they said this year would be different. They wouldn't break down once the pressure came. They were going to make it to Omaha. But when the time came and the Longhorns found themselves down a run in a must-win game, they tried to force that trip to the College World Series, making mistakes that ensured their exit. On the other hand, the UC Irvine Anteaters controlled the momentum throughout the whole regional with their style of small-ball and near-flawless defense. They will be heading to the super-regional, one victory away from the College World Series while the Longhorns are left to ponder what might have been for one more season.
UT baseball, CC fans denied
Corpus Christi Caller Times
So much for those Super Regional plans at Whataburger Field.
Could Junior Day Visit Be His Last?
The Texas Longhorns have made it no secret that Chancey Aghayere is their top remaining target, and rightfully so. Without a defensive end commitment in the 2008 class and the controversy surrounding Henry Melton, the depth at the position is looking pretty thin. Aghayere talked visits with Inside Texas. His junior day visit may have been his last to Austin.
Around the Horns with Inside Texas
Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger and Clendon Ross talk about Henry Melton's arrest, Texas baseball's fight for survival in the Round Rock Regional, football recruiting, D-Gib's stellar performance and more.
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