Blogging the Austin Regional: Day Three

The Texas Longhorns face the Army Black Knights in the first, and possibly only, championship game of the Austin Regional. Burnt Orange Beat's Jason Cole is blogging the game.

Game 6: Army 10 - Texas 14 - FINAL


9:51 p.m. - And Preston Clark hits a walkoff grand slam.

Amazing.

This is by far the best regional I've ever seen. And it likely won't be beaten. Every game in this regional was amazing. Every. Single. Game.

9:49 p.m. - McKague has walked the first two hitters he's faced, Michael Torres and Brandon Belt. Both were outstanding battles.

The bases are loaded with one out and Preston Clark is at the plate.

9:39 p.m. - With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Brandon Loy just hit a ball off the VERY top of the wall in left-center field. It was less than a foot from his first career home run.

The double did bring home all three runners, tying the game at 10.

Army closer Kevin McKague is coming in to pitch from first base. DH Joey Henshaw will go to first base.

9:25 p.m. - The two teams throw up zeros in the bottom of the eighth and top of the ninth. Texas is down four runs with three outs remaining. Fouch is going back out to pitch the ninth, and nobody is warming in the Army bullpen.

9:13 p.m. - The Black Knights are bringing in lefty Matt Fouch, who started against the Longhorns on Friday night. In that game, Fouch gave up three runs in seven innings, throwing 101 pitches.

9:06 p.m. - Shortstop Clint Moore just equalized Keyes' homer with a round-tripper of his own. Moore hammered a ball that was well out of the ballpark in left field, giving Army another three-run lead.

And Joey Henshaw just became the 35th player to clear the monster in centerfield. Army takes a 10-6 lead.

9:00 p.m. - Workman plunked nine-hole hitter J.T. Watkins to begin the top of the eighth, and Texas is turning to right-handed reliever Kendal Carrillo.

8:42 p.m. - Kevin Keyes put a charge into the ball and a charge into the crowd at the same time. The right fielder slugged his second home run in as many games, and this one appeared to hit about halfway up the scoreboard in left-center field. Texas has cut the Army lead to one.

8:36 p.m. - The Black Knights added another run in the top of the seventh after Kevin McKague hit his first career triple and Ben Koenigsfeld singled him home.

8:24 p.m. - Army right fielder Kyle Fleming just made probably the biggest catch of his life. Belt made a bid for a grand slam with two outs, but Fleming ran on to the warning track, jumped in the air, caught the ball, ran into the wall [his head appears to have hit the wall before the rest of his body] and held on to the ball even after the hard contact.

Tim Maitland has replaced Rowe in centerfield. Rowe didn't appear to get injured, so he is likely being punished for his mental mistake in the bottom of the sixth.

8:22 p.m. - Connor Rowe made a bad baserunning mistake early in the bottom of the sixth.

He led off with a single and advanced to second on a balk. But when David Hernandez laid down a good bunt, Rowe remained on second base while Hernandez was thrown out at first.

The Longhorns are trying to make up for it, as they have loaded the bases with two outs and have Brandon Belt at the plate.

8:07 p.m. - Workman is looking good for the Longhorns. Through the top of the sixth, he has struck out five batters in 2.2 scoreless innings.

8:00 p.m. - Anderegg got his job done, but not without a little bit of suspense first. He got Preston Clark to ground out on a tapper in front of the plate, walked Kevin Keyes to load the bases, and got Cameron Rupp to strike out swinging on a ball in the dirt.

During Rupp's at-bat, he hit a line shot foul towards third base, causing Michael Torres to dive out of the way. Torres looked at Rupp as he stood up and jokingly pointed toward fair territory.

7:49 p.m. - Texas already has a run home in the bottom of the fifth and they still have runners on the corners with one out.

The Black Knights are bringing in senior righty Tyler Anderegg, who has pitched in all four games of the regional for Army. He is 7-2 with a 4.20 ERA in 25 appearances.

7:38 p.m. - Workman recorded two strikeouts in the top of the fifth, allowing one single in a scoreless inning. He's throwing his curveball for strikes and it has been sharp more often than not. That's always an excellent sign for Workman, whose struggles generally come when he is unable to get his breaking ball over the plate, turning him into a one-pitch pitcher.

7:20 p.m. - Workman gets out of the jam, getting an RBI groundout before striking out Joey Henshaw on a curveball in the dirt.

Brandon Belt made a phenomenal play on the rocket of a ground ball from Moore, diving towards the line to snag it.

Workman may only pitch a couple of innings in this game. If the Longhorns have to play Army again tomorrow, he would be the likely starting pitcher. Kendal Carrillo was warming up in the Texas bullpen while Workman was pitching.

7:16 p.m. - Shinaberry pitched to just one hitter, giving up a single to Andy Ernesto that loaded the bases with still just one out.

Skip Johnson is out to the mound again, and Texas is going with right-hander Brandon Workman.

Really just an odd decision to bring Shinaberry in for only one hitter in the top of the fourth inning.

7:12 p.m. - Jungmann allows another single, giving Army a 5-3 lead. Skip Johnson is out to the mound and the Longhorns are turning to sidearming lefty Keith Shinaberry.

7:10 p.m. - Army is putting together another rally against Jungmann, with men on the corners and just one out. Keith Shinaberry is warming up in the Longhorns bullpen.

7:04 p.m. - Army centerfielder Andy Ernesto made perhaps the best catch of the regional in the bottom of the third. He made it a little more difficult than it had to be, but he still made the play. Ernesto had to run a long way, twisting and turning towards the warning track, and he made the over-the-shoulder grab to take two or three bases away from Michael Torres.

6:58 p.m. - You really have to give the Army hitters credit. They aren't having any bad at-bats up there. They scored two more runs in the top of the third. Jungmann walked in a run after slugging DH Joey Henshaw battled his way through an 11-pitch at-bat. The Black Knights are being selecting and spoiling Jungmann's good pitches right now.

6:47 p.m. - Jungmann is slipping a bit in the third. Army did an excellent job of poking two singles into the outfield on not-so-bad pitches from Jungmann, and he has walked shortstop Clint Moore to load the bases for the dangerous middle of the Black Knights' order.

6:37 p.m. - Jungmann looked much sharper in the top of the second, as he was getting his slider over for strikes and spotting his fastball.

The Longhorns took advantage of an erratic Cummings in the bottom of the frame. Travis Tucker ended the scoring with his two-run infield single. Because the count was 3-2 with two outs, the runners were off with the pitch and two runs were able to score. David Hernandez was thrown out while attempting to reach third base.

6:15 p.m. - Texas was swinging early and often in their half of the first, and Cummings ended up getting three groundouts in six pitches.

6:10 p.m. - Army takes an early lead on the Longhorns by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. They got a single, a double, an RBI groundout, and a run-scoring wild pitch.

The early runs are huge for Army, helping take the UT-heavy crowd out of the game. They appear to be carrying their momentum over from today's first game.

5:58 p.m. - Texas will be the home team in this game.

Don't expect Army to get a whole lot of innings from Cummings. He has pitched more than five innings just once this season, and that was on April 15 against Marist. In his last outing, coming on May 24 against Dartmouth, he surrendered two run in four innings, allowing four hits and walking three.

5:50 p.m. - We're about 10 minutes away from first pitch here. After catching 25 innings yesterday, Cameron Rupp is behind the plate again today. Brandon Belt is back at first base and Preston Clark is DHing.

Pitching for Texas is Taylor Jungmann, who is 7-3 with a 1.80 ERA on the year. Army is going with lefty Steve Cummings. He has a 2-1 record and a 3.19 ERA. In 36.2 innings, he has surrendered 43 hits while walking 14 and striking out 26.

Game 5: Boston College 3 - Army 4 (BC eliminated)


5:44 p.m. - After two games yesterday, including the 25-inning marathon, you'll have to forgive me for wanting to enjoy a game from the stands.

The game was well-played, but Army prevailed, 4-3. The contest ended with some controversy. With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the ninth inning (and BC training by one), cleanup hitter Mickey Wiswall hit a ground ball to shortstop. They got the out at second, and Wiswall appeared to beat the throw to first. However, the first base umpire ruled him out and the game was over.


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