Blogging the Austin Super Regional: Game Two

The Texas Longhorns look to clinch a trip to their 33rd College World Series on Sunday afternoon, while the TCU Horned Frogs attempt to stay alive in the best-of-three Super Regional. Burnt Orange Beat's Jason Cole is covering this weekend's games from UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Texas 2 - TCU 3 - FINAL


4:36 p.m. - Marshall worked a quick ninth inning, retiring Texas in order. TCU wins 3-2, and we'll play a deciding third game tomorrow afternoon at 6:00 p.m. Central time.

4:31 p.m. - Steglich and Featherston took off running while Wood was still set. Steglich was coming towards home, and Wood stepped off the rubber and threw home. Steglich got into a rundown and was eventually tagged out by third baseman Michael Torres.

Not entirely sure why TCU would try a double steal (including a steal of home) with perhaps their hottest hitter at the plate.

4:25 p.m. - Dicharry only got to face one hitter. He gave up a single to Featherston on a perfectly executed hit-and-run, moving Steglich to third base.

Closer Austin Wood is coming into the game to face the left-handed Matt Carpenter, who already has two home runs in this series.

4:21 p.m. - Green walked leadoff hitter Corey Steglich with two outs, and now he's done for the Texas.

The Longhorns are bringing in freshman right-hander Austin Dicharry. He has an excellent changeup, a solid big-breaking curveball, and an 88-91 mph fastball.

If Texas loses this game, Cole Green would have been just one out from Texas' second consecutive complete game.

4:15 p.m. - Austin Wood is now joining Dicharry in the bullpen.

4:13 p.m. - Texas cut the TCU lead back to one run when Brandon Belt singled home Michael Torres, making it a 3-2 game.

But just before Belt's hit, TCU freshman shortstop Taylor Featherston may have saved the team. He went deep into the hole to snag a ground ball hit by Travis Tucker, and popped up to make the strong throw and get Tucker by a full step.

Cole Green is going back out for the bottom of the eighth, with Dicharry up in the bullpen once again.

Texas will have Brandon Loy, Preston Clark, and Cameron Rupp hitting in the top of the ninth.

4:05 p.m. - Gerrish plunked Russell Moldenhauer (who was hitting for Hernandez) to lead off the top of the eighth, and that'll be it for him today.

Jim Schlossnagle is calling on closer Eric Marshall. He is 2-2 with eight saves and a 1.30 ERA in 27.2 innings this season. He's allowed 19 hits, walked just five, and struck out 19.

4:03 p.m. - Gerrish is coming out for the eighth inning, but Marshall continues to warm in the TCU bullpen.

3:54 p.m. - Texas got on the board in the top of the seventh when Preston Clark lined a single to center, scoring Kevin Keyes, who led off the frame with a double.

Gerrish has now made it through seven innings, giving up one run on five hits. His longest outing of the year was 7.2 innings, coming on April 4 against New Mexico.

Cole Green is back out to pitch the bottom of the seventh, but Dicharry is once again working in the bullpen.

3:43 p.m. - Dicharry continues to toss lightly in the Texas bullpen, while TCU closer Eric Marshall is in the Horned Frogs 'pen.

3:38 p.m. - The middle of the TCU lineup continues to destroy the Longhorns pitching. Matt Carpenter just hit another home run, his second in two days, giving TCU a 3-0 lead.

And Matt Vern just hammered a ball foul on to the berm in left field.

Austin Dicharry is back up in the Longhorns bullpen.

3:33 p.m. - Gerrish struck out the final two batters of the inning, both swinging on fastballs. His command has really been impeccable all day.

He has thrown just 72 pitches through six innings today.

3:26 p.m. - Texas left fielder David Hernandez has just become Texas' first leadoff hitter of the game to reach base, as he hit an opposite-field single to right field.

Then Michael Torres failed to bunt him over. His attempt was popped up and caught by the first baseman. This comes after Texas went seven-for-seven on its bunt attempts yesterday.

3:23 p.m. - Although TCU centerfielder Aaron Schultz had attempted just three steals on the season, the Longhorns had the Horned Frogs figured out there. With two outs, Texas used a pitch out and Schultz was going. He was nailed by a few feet at second base.

TCU still leads 2-0 through five innings.

3:19 p.m. - Austin Dicharry is beginning to get loose in the Longhorns bullpen.

3:15 p.m. - Gerrish is pitching an excellent game for the Horned Frogs. He hasn't allowed a run through five innings. Though he doesn't have overpowering stuff, he has been hitting his spots and running his fastball in on the hands of Texas' right-handed bats.

3:01 p.m. - Green is really struggling with his location right now. He hung another breaking ball to cleanup man Matt Vern, and he belted the ball out of the park for a two-run homer, his 17th of the year. Then Green left a fastball above the belt, and catcher Bryan Holaday hit it into left-center for a base hit.

2:58 p.m. - The streak ended at 15 as third baseman Matt Carpenter hammered a hanging breaking ball past Texas third baseman Michael Torres for TCU's second hit of the day.

2:52 p.m. - I'm being reminded of the time during the 25-inning Texas/BC game when both teams combined to sit down about 30 batters in a row. We've had 14 in a row in this game, and we're still 0-0 going into the bottom of the fourth.

2:46 p.m. - Green just put together one of his best innings of the season. He began throwing his breaking ball with more regularity and punched out the first two hitters of the inning on a called strike three with it.

He has faced 10 batters through three innings, throwing nine first-pitch strikes. When Green has consistently gotten ahead of hitters this season, he has been very, very good.

2:39 p.m. - The Longhorns went down in order in the top of the third. Neither pitching is missing many bats, but nobody is squaring balls up on the barrel either.

The wind is blowing straight out to centerfield just like last night, but the ball isn't carrying quite as well today.

2:33 p.m. - Texas starter Cole Green usually pounds the strike zone with his sinker the first time through the lineup, and he has been doing that today. He has recorded four groundouts versus two airouts during the first two innings.

When he faces hitters for the second and third time today, he'll begin to mix in more breaking balls while showing his changeup to the two lefties (Carpenter and Curry).

2:20 p.m. - If you're watching on ESPN, I think the radar gun is a little bit off. It is registering Cole Green's sinker between 84-86 mph. He's usually more in the 88-90 mph range, and he doesn't look to be throwing that soft.

It was a relatively clean first inning for both hurlers.

2:13 p.m. - Texas didn't get the leadoff man on in the top of the first, and they didn't score. Travis Tucker, who entered the series 12-for-14 in stolen bases, was caught stealing for the second straight day to end the inning on a strike 'em out, throw 'em out.

2:03 p.m. - The Horned Frogs are about to take the field here. Texas is the visiting team today.

North Carolina is about to punch their ticket to the College World Series. LSU, Cal State Fullerton, and Arkansas have already done so.

1:45 p.m. - Here are today's lineups...

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. Cole Green, RHP

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. Paul Gerrish, RHP


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