Blogging the Austin Regional: Day Two

Day two of the Austin Regional is on Saturday afternoon. The Texas State Bobcats take on Army in an elimination game at noon, while Texas will face off against Boston College in the evening. Burnt Orange Beat's Jason Cole is blogging both games.

Game 4: Texas 3 - Boston College 2 - FINAL (25 innings)


1:07 a.m. - A great moment after the game, as both teams were shaking hands, hugging, and congratulating eachother after the epic, epic battle.

1:05 a.m. - Austin Dicharry retires the side in order to end it. Texas wins 3-2 in 25 innings.

1:02 a.m. - Travis Tucker is 2-for-12 today. He has a single in the first inning and a single in the 25th inning.

The official game time has just reached seven hours.

1:01 a.m. - Texas gets nothing else in the top of the 25th. They lead 3-2 going to the bottom of the inning, and Austin Dicharry will take the mound to try and finish it off.

12:57 a.m. - Travis Tucker pokes a single into left field to give the Longhorns a 3-2 lead in the top of the 25th. That's Texas' 20th hit of the day and Tucker's NCAA record 12th at-bat. He's breaking his own record at this point.

Keep in mind that Texas is the visiting team, so this game is not over.

12:55 a.m. - Connor Rowe led off the inning with a walk, David Hernandez bunted him over, and now he has advanced to third on a wild pitch with just one out.

12:50 a.m. - We're coming up on our seventh hour of the game.

Mike Dennhardt is now pitching for the Eagles. He is 5-1 with a 4.97 ERA in 50.2 innings. Dennhardt is generally the club's fourth starting pitcher.

12:48 a.m. - Preston Clark's 31 putouts is a new NCAA record. The last one was huge. BC had a man on second base and Michael Torres' throw to first was low, but Clark was able to dig it out.

Like I said hours and hours ago, Clark has played extremely well at first base.

12:41 a.m. - Texas now has two runs on 19 hits.

Bottom of the 24th.

12:30 a.m. - And it's now the longest game ever. Kowalski—the pitcher—had to hit because Anston was booted from the game. He flew out to center to end the 23rd.

12:24 a.m. - Travis Tucker's 11 at-bats in this game is the most in the history of Division 1 NCAA baseball.

Tucker reached on a fielder's choice and Belt singled to right, moving Tucker to third.

But then Michael Torres just flew out to center to end the inning.

Bottom 23...

12:16 a.m. - To the top of the 23rd. This at least ties the longest game ever played in NCAA history.

12:08 a.m. - This game has surpassed the six hour park.

Loy sacrificed Rupp to second, but nothing else. Clark hit a long, long foul ball to left field, but he wound up groundout out and Jordan Etier popped out to center.

12:02 a.m. - Cameron Rupp leads off the 22nd with a single. That's Texas first leadoff runner since the seventh inning, I believe.

12:00 a.m. - Dicharry worked a 1-2-3 21st inning with a couple of close calls. Hamlet flew out to the warning track in center, and Sanchez hit a fly ball that died just in front of the track in left.

Hamlet goes from left field to right field. Lawrence to center. Belfiore to left. It's Belfiore's first appearance in the outfield.

11:55 p.m. - BC leadoff hitter Robbie Anston has been thrown out of the game. The umpire said he went around for strike three (though it appeared that he didn't) and Anston jawed with the umpire before throwing his helmet into the dugout as he was walking back in.

Boston College may not have a position player left.

11:51 p.m. - Brandon Belt walked and stole second base with two outs, but Michael Torres grounded out to first.

Dicharry will pitch the bottom of the 21st.

11:46 p.m. - Laufer retired the first two batters, and now they're going with right-hander Chris Kowalski to face Belt. He is 4-1 with a 5.74 ERA in 27 appearances.

11:41 p.m. - This is now officially the longest game in Texas baseball history. They had played 20 innings two previous times, once in 1981 against Rice and again in 2004 at Kansas State.

11:39 p.m. - Dicharry got out of the inning, but not without a close call. Anthony Melchinoda hit a fly ball to the warning track in center, and because Rowe was playing shallow, he had to run a long, long way to catch the ball.

To the 21st inning!

11:33 p.m. - After 169 pitches, Austin Dicharry is coming into the game for Austin Wood.

Wood leaves to a huge ovation, with the entire crowd chanting "Austin" repeatedly. This was simply one of the best pitching performances in Texas baseball history.

As Wood left the field, the entire Boston College team applauded him.

11:31 p.m. - One of the most amazing things about this game is that about 99% of this crowd of 7,104 is still here.

Wood is in trouble. He got a groundout to start the inning, but Barry Butera singled to center and Lawrence was hit by a pitch. There are runners on first and second with just one out.

11:28 p.m. - Jordan Etier will go into the game in right field. He has only played in the field for a handful of games this year, and all of them came at second base.

11:27 p.m. - Rowe struck out on three pitches to end the frame.

Austin Wood is going back out for the 20th. He is the first player out to the field for the start of every single inning.

11:26 p.m. - Preston Clark hit a two-out double to left field, then Kevin Lusson walked after hitting for Tim Maitland. Jordan Etier pinch ran for Lusson, meaning Texas has zero position players left on the bench.

Connor Rowe is hitting with men on first and second and two outs.

11:16 p.m. - Wood threw a wild pitch to put runners on second and third, but he struck out Wiswall to end the 19th.

This is now the longest ever NCAA postseason game. Ever.

Righty Dave Laufer is now pitching for BC. In 20 appearances, he has thrown 15.1 innings, going 1-0 with a 4.11 ERA.

The line for Wood so far: 12.2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 4 walks, 14 strikeouts. There is nobody warming in the Texas bullpen.

11:13 p.m. - Wood has allowed his first hit of the game. His first pitch of this inning was his 150th. With two outs, he walked Hamlet and gave up a single to Sanchez.

11:07 p.m. - Torres popped out to shallow left field. To the bottom of the 19th.

And oh yes, Austin Wood is still out there.

11:04 p.m. - Bayuk walks Belt after a great battle to load the bases for Michael Torres.

11:00 p.m. - Texas has men on the corners with two outs and Brandon Belt at the plate. BC is turning to lefty specialist Nate Bayuk to face the left-handed hitting Belt.

10:53 p.m. - The Longhorn hitters are all wearing high socks for the top of the 19th inning. Perhaps it will work. Connor Rowe just singled with one out.

10:48 p.m. - To the 19th. Wood struck out two in a perfect 18th inning. He has tossed 11.2 hitless frames now.

Boston College is bringing in a new pitcher. It'll be freshman right-hander Matt Brazis, who has a 5.82 ERA in 22 appearances.

Belfiore went 9.2 innings, giving up three hits and striking out 11. He threw 129 pitches. Not bad for a closer who entered the game with 38.2 innings on the season.

10:42 p.m. - Belfiore strikes out the side in the top of the 18th. He's now got 11 in 10.2 innings. He has sat down 13 hitters in a row.

10:35 p.m. - Wood walked the first batter of the inning, setting up an interesting decision for Boston College coach Mik Aoki with Tony Sanchez, the team's best hitter, coming to the plate.

Aoki chose to bunt with Sanchez, and the sacrifice attempt wasn't good enough. The runner was gunned down at second, and the last two hitters were retired to end the inning.

Wood has pitched 10.2 hitless innings.

10:26 p.m. - Regardless of what happens from here on out, this has been a wonderfully pitched game (obviously). The teams have combined for four walks in 16.5 innings.

10:24 p.m. - Wood coming out for the 17th.

10:20 p.m. - Austin Wood gets three groundouts in the 16th inning. He has now thrown 9.2 innings of no-hit relief. That is not a typo.

10:15 p.m. - Texas goes down in order in the 16th, and Wood is coming out for yet another inning.

10:09 p.m. - Wood gets a 1-2-3 bottom of the 15th inning. In 8.2 innings, Wood has allowed no hits, walking two and striking out ten.

10:05 p.m. - Austin Wood will go out for the bottom of the 15th. He has already pitched 7.2 innings.

10:00 p.m. - Just an absolutely terrible call to lead off the top of the 15th inning. Cameron Rupp hit a ball that clearly struck his leg before bouncing in the infield, but home plate umpire Phil Benson ruled the ball didn't hit Rupp. It goes down as a 1-3 groundout.

Augie Garrido had a lengthy, heated argument with Benson, but he was not thrown out and the call was not reversed.

9:54 p.m. - Wood tossed a scoreless bottom of the fourteen, but he did allow a two-out walk to Sanchez. Before the free pass, Wood had retired 20 consecutive batters.

9:47 p.m. - A controversial call keeps the game tied at two in the bottom of the fourteenth.

With a man on first, Travis Tucker hit a ground ball to shortstop. Although it appeared that David Hernandez slid into second before the throw, he was ruled out. The very next hitter, Brandon Belt, singled to left field. It would have scored the go-ahead run, but instead, Michael Torres struck out swinging to end the inning with no runs scored.

9:34 p.m. - Austin Wood retires the side in order again. He's now pitched 6.2 innings, which is one out longer than starting pitcher Chance Ruffin.

9:28 p.m. - And Shepherd grounds out to second base, inning the inning.

Tim Maitland will go to right field for Shepherd. Wood back to the mound.

9:24 p.m. - The streak ends at 29. Preston Clark roped a two-out double into left field, and now it appears we'll have a pinch hitter for Kyle Lusson.

Tant Shepherd will be hitting for Lusson.

9:18 p.m. - 27 in a row. Texas had lefty Keith Shinaberry up in the bullpen, but Wood continues cruising.

To the 13th.

9:12 p.m. - Now 24 in a row retired. To the bottom of the 12th.

9:03 p.m. - BC catcher Tony Sanchez hit a rocket that appeared to be headed for Austin Wood's face, but he stuck his glove up at the last second to save himself.

The ball was hit so hard that Wood's glove flew off. He was able to pick the ball up and toss it to first to end the 11th.

These two teams have now combined to retire 21 consecutive hitters. Not a bad effort by the bullpens.

8:58 p.m. - Yet another 1-2-3 inning in the top of the eleventh. There hasn't been a baserunner in this game, for either team, since Harry Darling walked to start the bottom of the eighth.

8:51 p.m. - Any worries after Austin Wood's rough weekend in Oklahoma City can probably be put to rest. He struck out two more and got one groundout in the bottom of the tenth.

Wood has pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, giving up no hits, walking one, and striking out five.

Still tied at two going to the 11th.

8:40 p.m. - Austin Wood is cruising through the Boston College lineup, which contains six left-handed hitters. He struck out two and got a groundout in the bottom of the ninth, and we're headed to extra innings.

Belfiore will remain on the mound for the Eagles.

8:34 p.m. - Belfiore did his job, striking out Belt and getting Torres to ground out to second base. We're going to the bottom of the ninth tied at two.

8:29 p.m. - Boston College is bringing in left-handed closer Mike Belfiore with one out and nobody on in the top of the ninth. He is set to face the two lefties in the Texas lineup, Brandon Belt and Michael Torres.

8:24 p.m. - Austin Wood walked the leadoff man in the bottom of the eighth, but he retired the final three hitters of the inning.

We go to the ninth inning tied at two.

8:19 p.m. - Augie Garrido made an interesting decision in the top of the eighth when he chose to pinch hit Russell Moldenhauer for Kevin Keyes. Keyes was 2-for-3 on the day with a double and a home run, but Garrido chose to go with the left-handed Moldenhauer against the right-handed reliever.

Moldenhauer ended up being hit by the pitch, but the Longhorns didn't score in the inning.

8:14 p.m. - Moran ended up loading the bases with two outs, but he got David Hernandez to hit a weak grounder to second base, ending the inning.

Moran is definitely a high-energy guy on the mound. When he came into the game, he walked towards second base while punching his glove and talking to himself. After he recorded the final out, he chest bumped a few of his teammates as they came out of the dugout.

8:02 p.m. - Cameron Rupp led off the top of the eighth by hitting a line drive single that went off Pat Dean's leg.

The Eagles are making a pitching change, going with right-hander Kevin Moran. He is 5-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 51 innings this season.

7:57 p.m. - The Eagles put together some great at-bats against Wood, but he got a strikeout of Andrew Lawrence before getting Mike Sudol to ground out to shortstop.

Preston Clark had to pick Brandon Loy's throw out of the 'dirt' [rubber?]. He has done an outstanding job at first base over the last two nights.

7:45 p.m. - Barry Butera hit a one-out single and advanced to second after Travis Tucker accidentally kicked the ball down the right field line.

Augie Garrido and Skip Johnson have chosen to go with left-handed closer Austin Wood with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

7:39 p.m. - Boston College's defense has been outstanding today. Centerfielder Robbie Anston ended the top of the seventh with a great diving catch on a sinking liner off the bat of Michael Torres.

The Longhorns will stick with Chance Ruffin to start the seventh inning.

Dean's day may be done, and he pitched extremely well. The lefty has given up two runs in seven innings, scattering eight hits. 7:35 p.m. - Ruffin's day may be done. The Longhorns have Austin Wood and Austin Dicharry throwing in the bullpen.

7:31 p.m. - Boston College crushed a couple of balls to dead center to tie the ballgame at two.

Robbie Anston led off the frame with his 22nd double of the season, hitting the ball over Connor Rowe's head. Then, with Anston on third, All-American catcher Tony Sanchez flew out to the base of the wall in dead center, knotting the game up.

7:15 p.m. - Texas just 'turned' one of the craziest double plays you'll ever see. Mike Sudol hit a ball to first base, and Preston Clark made a great play, firing to second to nail the lead runner.

Then Brandon Loy's throw to first went slightly wild, as Ruffin slipped while attempting to cover the bag. Sudol accidentally kicked the ball down the right field line, but he was thrown out trying to advance all the way to third base.

7:12 p.m. - The trainers are checking out Chance Ruffin on the mound. They appear to be looking at his hand. Ruffin may have developed some sort of a blister problem, but he will stay in the game and there is no action in the Texas bullpen.

7:08 p.m. - The Eagles get a huge shutdown inning from Dean, recording a pair of strikeouts and keeping the momentum on their side. He has sat down six hitters in a row.

7:01 p.m. - Boston College broke up the perfect game when Matt Hamlet worked a one-out walk. Chance Ruffin had retired the first 10 hitters of the game, though he wasn't completely dominant in doing so.

BC got a back-to-back singles, and Mike Belfiore's drove home Hamlet to cut Texas' lead to 2-1.

6:52 p.m. - Texas didn't score in the top of the fourth, but Kevin Keyes led off the frame with a hard-hit double to right-center field.

The power that Keyes and Preston Clark have shown recently is certainly a positive sign for the Longhorns. Those two haven't hit for the power that was expected for most of the year, but they appear to be coming around in the postseason.

6:42 p.m. - It was a relatively quiet third inning on both sides. Texas got a pair of singles in the top of the frame, but didn't push a run across. Ruffin got the side in order in the bottom, ending it with a strikeout of first baseman John Spatola.

6:27 p.m. - Ruffin tossed a five-pitch inning in the second, quickly disposing of BC's fourth, fifth, and sixth hitters.

6:24 p.m. - Kevin Keyes puts Texas on top by smacking his first home run since the TCU game on April 7. The shot went into the Texas bullpen, scoring Preston Clark, who had doubled on the previous pitch.

6:14 p.m. - Brandon Loy put his outstanding glovework on display for the first two outs of the bottom of the first.

Robbie Anston hit a ground ball up the middle, and Loy was able to go behind second base, make the pick, and throw a strike to first.

The next hitter, Matt Hamlet, hit a line drive toward the hole, but Loy dove and snagged the ball out of the air for the second out.

6:09 p.m. - Pat Dean gave up a leadoff infield single to Travis Tucker, but he retired the next three hitters, ending the inning by fanning Cameron Rupp on a slider.

Dean, a sophomore southpaw, has good stuff. His fastball sits in the 90-91 mph range and he has a very good slider.

5:40 p.m. - We're about 20 minutes from first pitch. Brandon Belt is in the Longhorns' lineup tonight as the designated hitter. Preston Clark is playing first base and David Hernandez is in left field, batting ninth.

Chance Ruffin (9-2, 2.96 ERA) is getting the start for the Longhorns opposite lefty Pat Dean (6-4, 3.36) for Boston College.

Game 3: Texas State 4 - Army 7 - FINAL


5:13 p.m. - Texas State went a disappointing two-and-out in this weekend's Austin Regional, but the Bobcats have no reason to hang their heads.

The club won a school-record 41 games this season, and with the opening of their new Bobcat Baseball Stadium, the program is heading in the right direction.

After the game, Coach Ty Harrington reflected on the year.

"What these guys did for the university was tremendous and they deserve applause," he said. "We built them a new stadium. We set a record for wins, and we were a two seed for a regional, which I still think we deserved.

"A lot of tremendous things helped us get to this point and really and truly to the credit of the players, it was about them and what they were capable and able and did as a team this year."

3:06 p.m. - Texas State got a leadoff walk, but after three straight ground balls, Army advances with a 7-4 victory.

The Bobcats gave up a total of 11 runs in their opponents' final at-bats in their two regional games.

Army will advance to play the loser of tonight's Texas/Boston College game early on Sunday.

2:58 p.m. - Regardless of what happens to Texas State in this game, I have been impressed by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt's work with the bat. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound junior will likely be a top four or five round pick in the upcoming MLB Draft, and he has been roping the ball all over the park in these two games.

2:56 p.m. - Army is going with 6-foot-5 first baseman Kevin McKague to pitch the ninth inning. The right-hander has five saves and a 3.66 ERA on the season.

Kirk Porter is warming up in the Army bullpen. He is generally the club's Sunday starter.

2:53 p.m. - Henshaw struck again by dipping a two-run single into center, extending Army's lead to 7-4.

If the Black Knights hold on here, the Bobcats will have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in both of their Austin Regional games this weekend.

2:47 p.m. - The small strike zone is at least staying consistent in this game. Zach Price took a 3-2 pitch that was ruled just off the outside corner, tying the game at four apiece.

Then Andy Ernesto hit a line drive to left field, but it scored the run on a sacrifice fly, giving Army a 5-4 lead.

Army has just loaded the bases after a major mental error from Texas State second baseman Kyle Livingstone. He bobbled the ball at second, but recovered in plenty of time to get the runner at first. However, he threw across the diamond to third base and didn't record any outs.

The bases are once again loaded, this time with two outs for slugger Joey Henshaw, who already has a home run today.

2:37 p.m. - The Black Knights are putting together their biggest rally of the day. McKague led off the inning by reaching second base on an E6, and then J.P. Polchinski brought him home on a single, making it a 4-3 game.

Loftin then gave up a single and a walk to load the bases with one out. Texas State coach Ty Harrington has gone to the bullpen, opting for right-hander Tyler Brundridge.

2:24 p.m. - The Bobcats scored single runs in the sixth and seventh to take a 4-2 lead.

Both teams have gone to the bullpen. Army currently has Tyler Anderegg in the game. He threw a scoreless eighth inning against the Longhorns last night.

Texas State went with Lance Loftin, and there is nobody throwing in the bullpen, so it looks like he'll also pitch the bottom of the eighth.

1:31 p.m. - Borski gets out of the sixth with no damage done. He has allowed just one hit in the game, but it was the Henshaw home run. Tied at two going into the bottom of the sixth.

I'll be back in a couple of innings. Going to sit with Bobby Bragg in the stands. Don't forget that you can watch the game for free at TexasSports.com.

1:25 p.m. - Texas State reliever Lance Loftin has gone to the bullpen for Texas State. He is 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA on the year, and will probably be the first reliever of the game for Texas State.

1:18 p.m. - Right after the best defensive play of the regional thus far, the Bobcats gave up a run on probably the most careless. Texas State had an inning-ending double play all but turned, but first baseman Paul Goldschmidt took his eye off the throw from second base and it ricocheted off his glove, allowing a run to score.

The score is tied at two through four innings.

The small strike zone is definitely affecting this game. Both pitchers have walked four in four innings, though they haven't been missing by much.

1:10 p.m. - Texas State centerfielder Bret Atwood just made an outstanding catch to rob J.P. Polchinski of at least two bases. Diving towards the wall in right-center, Atwood needed every inch of the dive to come down with the ball.

1:08 p.m. - The Bobcats got men on first and third with nobody out, but they weren't able to do anything with it. After executing a perfect hit-and-run with Kyle Kubitza, Kyle Livingstone missed a bunt, and Army was able to pick the runner off third base, as he was coming towards home plate with the pitch.

Texas State still leads 2-1 to the bottom of the fourth.

12:56 p.m. - Army slugger Joey Henshaw breaks up the no-hitter and the shutout by socking his team-leading 12th home run of the season. At 6-foot-7, 250-pounds, Henshaw is an imposing presence, and he has a ton of power. The round-tripper tied Army's single-season school record.

12:51 p.m. - Goldschmidt started another rally for the Bobcats, working a one-out walk. Then he advanced to second on a groundout and Spencer Dennis singled him in. Texas State leads 2-0 in the bottom of the third.

12:43 p.m. - Brian Borski (7-3, 3.89 ERA) is on the mound for Texas State against Army's Ben Koenigsfeld (8-4, 4.98). Texas State scored on a Keith Prestridge RBI single, which followed a Paul Goldschmidt double.

We've had a bit of a tight strike zone here so far, but both pitchers are throwing well, but they have combined to walk six thus far.


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