Blogging the Austin Super Regional: Game One

The Austin Super Regional is a matchup of two former Southwest Conference foes in the University of Texas and Texas Christian University. Burnt Orange Beat's Jason Cole is covering this weekend's games from UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

TCU 4 - Texas 10 - FINAL


7:55 p.m. - Chance Ruffin picks up his third complete game of the season, as the Longhorns cruise to a 10-4 victory in the opening game of the Austin Super Regional.

The win puts Texas just one win away from their first trip to the College World Series since they won it in 2005.

7:45 p.m. - Ruffin is going to go for the complete game. It's still 10-4 going to the top of the ninth inning.

7:40 p.m. - Steven Maxwell is coming in for the bottom of the eighth. He has gone back and forth between starting in the midweek and on the weekend lately, going 3-2 with a 6.27 ERA.

7:39 p.m. - Ruffin got out of the eighth inning, giving up just a two-out single. He has thrown 108 pitches. It'll likely be Austin Dicharry working the top of the ninth for UT.

7:30 p.m. - With a six-run lead, Chance Ruffin will go back out to pitch the eighth inning for the Longhorns.

7:26 p.m. - And Austin Wood will be able to sit down and rest for another day it appears. For now at least.

Michael Torres hit another home run to right-center field, his second of the day. This one was a three-run shot that busted the game open and gave Texas a 10-4 lead.

The round-tripper came with two outs after pinch hitter Russell Moldenhauer worked a walk on a 3-2 pitch.

7:24 p.m. - Austin Dicharry has re-joined Wood in the bullpen. If the Longhorns break the game open, they may choose to go to Dicharry.

7:23 p.m. - A handful of teams had previously sacrificed six times in one game. One of those clubs was UC-Irvine against the Longhorns in the 2007 Round Rock Regional.

7:21 p.m. - Another batter, another sacrifice bunt. Connor Rowe's sac bunt scored Brandon Loy, putting Texas up 7-4.

That gives Texas the new NCAA record with seven sacrifice bunts in one game.

7:19 p.m. - After Brandon Loy's leadoff single, Preston Clark sacrificed him over to second base. That's Texas' sixth sac bunt of the day, tying the all-time NCAA record for sacrifice bunts in one game.

7:14 p.m. - Wood is now the only pitcher throwing in the UT bullpen, and it looks like he'll pitch the eighth inning.

Appleby is back out for the bottom of the seventh.

7:12 p.m. - Austin Wood began warming up alongside Dicharry, but Ruffin got an eight-pitch, perfect top of the seventh to save the bullpen a little more. Texas leads 6-4 at the stretch.

7:08 p.m. - Chance Ruffin will go back out to the mound to begin the seventh inning, but Austin Dicharry appears to be ready in the Longhorns bullpen.

7:06 p.m. - Appleby retired Kevin Keyes to end the inning and leave the bases loaded. Keyes worked the count full before chasing an 81 mph fastball up and out of the zone.

My eyes may be deceiving me, but Appleby—a sidewinder—appears to throw his sweeping slider at the same speed as his fastball.

7:01 p.m. - Travis Tucker drove in a run with his hustle double to left-center field. He reached out and poked a breaking ball into the outfield. Miller threw a lot of breaking balls in his outing.

He intentionally walked Brandon Belt to load the bases, and Miller's day is done.

Schlossnagle is opting for another right-hander, Trent Appleby. He has been a bridge man this season, pitching 56 innings in 23 appearances, all out of the bullpen. Appleby is 4-1 with a 3.05 earned-run average. He has allowed only nine extra-base hits in those 56 innings.

6:56 p.m. - Rowe got the best of his former high school teammate with an RBI single to center, scoring Preston Clark.

TCU has closer Eric Marshall up in the bullpen. He has only pitched 27.2 innings in 22 appearances, so he isn't generally a guy that will pitch multiple innings like Austin Wood, but the Horned Frogs are obviously pulling out all the stops this weekend.

6:45 p.m. - Winkler is done. Miller will come on to pitch for TCU. In 21 appearances, he has logged 25.2 innings and gone 0-2 with three saves and a 4.21 ERA. He has allowed 26 hits while walking seven and striking out 25.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound product of Georgetown High School has an excellent arm, and he could develop into an elite closer down the line if they keep him in the bullpen.

The first hitter he faces will be Connor Rowe, his former high school teammate. Rowe had a number of Longhorns hitters gathered around him as he presumably gave them a scouting report on Miller.

6:43 p.m. - The Horned Frogs have talented freshman right-hander Erik Miller warming up in their bullpen.

6:40 p.m. - Ruffin has not pitched poorly in this game, but he is getting burned every time he leaves a ball up in the zone. The sophomore has allowed just four hits in the game, but all four have come around to score and three of the hits are homers. He's thrown 82 pitches through six innings.

6:38 p.m. - TCU tied the game, as Chance Ruffin was bit by the home run ball once again. He gave up a two-run shot to cleanup man Matt Vern, his 16th of the season. The round-tripper was the third Ruffin has allowed in this game.

Austin Dicharry is warming up in the Longhorns bullpen.

Just in case you couldn't tell by the way balls are flying out of here tonight, the wind is blowing pretty hard straight out to center.

6:31 p.m. - Winkler has thrown 77 pitches through five innings, after he got out of the fifth by facing four batters and giving up just a two-out single. He'll almost certainly go out for the bottom of the sixth.

Ruffin has retired the last six batters since he gave up the solo homer to Carpenter.

6:22 p.m. - Ruffin gets out of the fifth with an easy ten-pitch, 1-2-3 inning. He has thrown 67 pitches through five innings.

6:16 p.m. - The Longhorns got the run back in the bottom of the fourth by working the bunting game.

In fact, they bunted three times, getting three sacrifice bunts.

The first was misplayed by third baseman Matt Carpenter, and Rupp reached base safely, putting men on first and second. Then Connor Rowe bunted the two men over to second and third. The run scored when David Hernandez hit a hard sacrifice bunt to first base, bringing the run home.

Texas has been successful on all of its bunt attempts today. When that happens, they're obviously difficult to beat.

Appleby was throwing in the TCU bullpen again during the bottom of the fourth, but he sat down when the inning ended. Winkler will likely go out for the fifth.

6:05 p.m. - TCU cut the Texas lead back to one when third baseman Matt Carpenter hit his tenth home run of the season.

Carpenter got a thigh-high fastball over the middle of the plate, and he absolutely crushed the ball to right field. It got out in a hurry and hit the Wendy's "Get a Free Small Frosty when hits this wall!" sign.

5:50 p.m. - The Horned Frogs lineup made Ruffin work hard in the first inning, but he has cruised through the last two frames on just a handful of pitches. He got two early swings converted into outs to begin the top of the third, then struck out Taylor Featherston on his best curveball of the evening thus far.

5:45 p.m. - Michael Torres extended the Longhorns lead to 3-1 with a solo home run, his third of the season and his first of the year at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Torres got a fastball on the inner-half of the plate, and he was able to drop his hands and get the barrel on the ball, hitting it approximately 385 feet to right-center field.

5:36 p.m. - Ruffin brushes back TCU right fielder Chris Ellington on the first pitch of the inning. Whether it was intentional or not is debatable.

But Ruffin has a history of this.

Ellington called timeout while Ruffin was in his motion, and home plate umpire Steve Manders granted the time to the hitter. Ruffin proceeded to throw the pitch inside, and it hit the umpire on the knee.

Ruffin has done this a handful of times this season, and he was ejected from the Kansas game last year after he threw consecutive pitches behind a hitter that had called timeout during his windup.

And Ruffin has just gotten a 1-2-3 second inning. The frame ended with an excellent diving stop by Longhorns second baseman Travis Tucker.

5:32 p.m. - Winkler got out of it by getting Cameron Rupp to fly to center on an offspeed pitch. Still, Texas fought back with two runs to take the 2-1 lead.

5:31 p.m. - TCU showed a lot of confidence in their standout freshman by giving him the start in game one, but he may not have much of a leash. The Horned Frogs have right-hander Trent Appleby up and warming in the bullpen.

5:29 p.m. - So far, so good for the Texas offense. The Longhorns scored two runs on a Kevin Keyes double to left-center field.

5:15 p.m. - Longhorns starter Chance Ruffin was up in the strike zone with all of his stuff in the first inning. He surrendered a one-out solo home run to freshman shortstop Taylor Featherston, his fifth of the season.

Two of Ruffin's outs (one to right field and one to center) were caught at the base of the wall. Texas CF Connor Rowe did a great job to catch the final out, as he jumped and crashed into the wall.

5:08 p.m. - TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle is going with the true freshman right-hander to start game one of the Super Regional. Kyle Winkler will be on the mound for the Horned Frogs. He has been huge this season, going 7-0 with a 3.95 ERA. Winkler features a low-90s fastball (topping out at 94-95 mph) with a good curveball.

5:05 p.m. - Here are the lineups...

TCU.

1. Corey Steglich, 2B
2. Taylor Featherston, SS
3. Matt Carpenter, 3B
4. Matt Vern, 1B
5. Bryan Holaday, C
6. Chris Ellington, RF
7. Jason Coats, LF
8. Matt Curry, DH
9. Aaron Schultz, CF

SP. Kyle Winkler, RHP

Texas.

1. Michael Torres, 3B
2. Travis Tucker, 2B
3. Brandon Belt, 1B
4. Kevin Keyes, RF
5. Brandon Loy, SS
6. Preston Clark, DH
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Connor Rowe, CF
9. David Hernandez, LF

SP. Chance Ruffin, RHP


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