Blogging the Austin Super Regional: Game 3

The Texas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs are playing a deciding game three with a trip to the College World Series on the line. Burnt Orange Beat's Jason Cole is covering the game from UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

TCU 2 - Texas 5 - FINAL

8:50 p.m. - Ruffin got the final two outs in order with a weak pop out to Travis Tucker and a strikeout to earn the save.

The Longhorns are off to Omaha.

8:43 p.m. - Austin Wood is relieved by Chance Ruffin after Wood got the first runner out, but yielded a triple high off the left field wall and an RBI single.

8:35 p.m. - The Longhorns go quietly in the 8th - three up, three down.

Three outs from Omaha.

8:29 p.m. - Wood ended the threat by getting Taylor Featherston to ground out to first base.

The Longhorns hold a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the eighth.

8:27 p.m. - Steglich lined a single to center, scoring the Horned Frogs' first run of the game. That's their first run of the Super Regional that didn't come on the long ball.

The Longhorns are getting Austin Dicharry warm in the bullpen, but unless things really get out of hand, this is likely Wood's ballgame.

8:25 p.m. - Schlossnagle went to a pair of pinch hitters with two outs in the eighth, and they delivered with a double and a single, respectively.

TCU has put hitters on the corners with two outs for leadoff man Corey Steglich.

8:20 p.m. - Tim Maitland is coming into the game as a defensive replacement for Preston Clark in left field.

Clark was playing his first game of the year in left field, and he had just one ball hit to him in the seven innings he was out there.

8:18 p.m. - Texas went down 1-2-3, flying out to center three consecutive times in the bottom of the seventh.

They are still hitting the ball relatively well, so it's hard to say that they're sitting on the lead. They're just hitting the ball right at the fielders.

8:13 p.m. - Texas moves within six outs of their first College World Series appearance since 2005, as Wood retired the side in order. He recorded one strikeout, getting cleanup man Matt Vern swinging on an excellent changeup.

Vern and Carpenter both homered in each of the first two games, but they have combined to go 0-for-5 with a walk today. Vern has struck out in all three of his plate appearances.

8:05 p.m. - Here comes Austin Wood out of the Longhorns bullpen. This will most likely be a save situation if he completes the game because he'll have gone three innings to close it out.

7:57 p.m. - Taylor Jungmann showed off his glove in the top of the sixth. He made a great play to snag a ball up the middle and get the out at third before turning a 1-6-3 double play off the bat of the next hitter, Taylor Featherston.

Jungmann has thrown 95 pitches through six innings, and Austin Wood is now the only player throwing in the bullpen, so he'll probably come in for the seventh.

7:51 p.m. - Both Wood and Dicharry are beginning to throw with more of a purpose in the bullpen, as TCU has its first rally of the day. Matt Curry began the inning with a single, and then Schultz was hit by a pitch. They've got men on first and second with nobody out for leadoff man Corey Steglich.

7:49 p.m. - Austin Wood has joined Dicharry in the Longhorns bullpen.

7:46 p.m. - Austin Dicharry is beginning to toss lightly in the Longhorns bullpen.

7:45 p.m. - Texas got a leadoff hitter on in the fifth when Travis Tucker singled to center, but they didn't bring him around to score. I may be wrong, but I think that was the first time in the series that Texas hasn't scored in an inning where the leadoff runner reached.

7:36 p.m. - Marshall didn't last very long. TCU is turning to long reliever Taylor Cragin. The right-hander has been very effective this season, going 5-0 with a 2.68 ERA. He has logged 53.2 innings in just 16 appearances.

7:34 p.m. - And the hit was quickly erased by an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play on a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Jason Coats.

The Longhorns have really played excellent defense throughout this Super Regional. They have yet to make an error in 22 innings.

7:33 p.m. - Jungmann just allowed his first hit of the game to lead off the top of the fifth inning. He had retired ten consecutive hitters before allowing the single to Bryan Holaday.

7:27 p.m. - Marshall hasn't been able to put out the fire for the Horned Frogs. After getting the first out, he allowed an RBI double to Cameron Rupp before giving up a run-scoring single to Connor Rowe. Both hits came with two outs.

When Texas has gotten the leadoff man on in these three games, it has practically meant automatic runs.

TCU got reliever Taylor Cragin up in the 'pen during the bottom of the fourth, but he has sat down now that they're out of the inning.

Texas is up 5-0 through four innings.

7:17 p.m. - Lockwood's day is done after just 3.1 innings. Kevin Keyes led off the inning by hammering an opposite-field double off the right field wall, and he moved to third on a passed ball.

The Horned Frogs will turn to closer Eric Marshall. He has a 1.21 ERA on the season, surrendering just 20 hits in 29.2 innings.

It'll be interesting to see how long Schlossnagle lets Marshall pitch, especially if he is effective. He hasn't been used for long innings at all this season.

7:09 p.m. - Jungmann has thrown 67 pitches through four scoreless innings thus far, allowing only a walk in the first inning. He has the TCU hitters guessing up there, and he is getting them to expand their strike zone on sliders away and fastballs high. He just ended the inning by throwing a 3-2 slider that broke over the outside corner, freezing cleanup hitter Matt Vern.

7:02 p.m. - Lockwood appears to have settled down, and he's working lower in the zone now. He has a hit batter and a walk in the last two innings, but he is getting ground balls and has fooled a couple of guys with his curveball.

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle has his team huddled around him on the field right now. They trail Texas 3-0 through the first three innings.

6:55 p.m. - Jungmann is cruising, and he's doing a great job with pitch sequencing right now. He now has four strikeouts in three innings, and three of the punchouts have been when he climbed the ladder with a fastball after setting the hitter up with a breaking pitch. He finished the top of the third by getting Corey Steglich to swing at a slider that broke down and away.

6:42 p.m. - TCU already has closer Eric Marshall up in the bullpen. Marshall pitched two innings yesterday, and he has only worked 29.2 innings in 23 appearances this season. However, obviously this is the most important game in TCU's baseball history.

6:37 p.m. - A big-time inning from Taylor Jungmann. With the momentum squarely on Texas' side, Jungmann shut down the Horned Frogs 1-2-3 with two groundouts and a strikeout to keep TCU from answering.

Jungmann appears to have found the release point on his slider, and his fastball was pounding the corners in that inning.

He has been inconsistent from inning-to-inning lately, so we'll see if he is able to keep it up.

6:28 p.m. - The Longhorns' offense appears to be back. Brandon Belt tripled home a run when he hit a fly ball to the wall in dead center. The pitch was a fastball inside, and he was able to get it in the air to center. It looked like a routine fly ball off the bat, but just like the first two days, the wind is blowing out. The ball carried all the way over the TCU centerfielder's head.

Later in the frame, Kevin Keyes smashed a home run over the visiting bullpen in left field. He stood at home plate and held his bat a little too long for TCU's liking, and Keyes was doing some jawing with Lockwood and his teammates as he crossed home plate.

Simply put, Lockwood isn't keeping the ball down in the zone right now. With the ball carrying the way it has in all three games, that doesn't spell success for a finesse pitcher.

6:17 p.m. - Jungmann threw 22 pitches in a scoreless first inning. He walked one batter. He didn't have perfect command, but his fastball velocity was solid (if you're watching on ESPN, don't pay attention to the gun. It is way off). Jungmann's biggest struggles come against left-handed hitters, and the walk was to the left-handed hitting Matt Carpenter. TCU only has two lefties—Carpenter and Matt Curry—in their starting lineup.

6:00 p.m. - The Longhorns are going with freshman starter Taylor Jungmann in today's game three. Jungmann struggled in the regional championship game against Army last weekend, but he is 7-3 with a 2.45 ERA on the season. The right-hander has a low-90s fastball with good action and a slider that can be plus at times.

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle has opted for junior righty Tyler Lockwood. Lockwood isn't overpowering, but he keeps the ball down and on the ground, which is a good matchup for Disch-Falk Field's slow FieldTurf. He was the Horned Frogs' ace last year, but he has bounced between long relief and starting this season, going 4-1 with a 4.41 ERA.

Both pitchers worked in relief during Texas' 6-0 regular season victory over TCU. Lockwood gave up one run on two hits in 1.1 innings, while Jungmann worked 1.1 scoreless frames, striking out two.

5:58 p.m. - Augie Garrido is going with Preston Clark in left field for tonight's game. They appear to be trying to get the veterans in the lineup for this game, putting Russell Moldenhauer at DH in the cleanup spot and going with Clark in left. He played left field some last year but hasn't this season.

5:53 p.m. - Texas won the coin toss before the Super Regional started, so they are the home team for tonight's game.

Here are your starting lineups.

TCU (40-17).

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. Tyler Lockwood, RHP

Texas (45-14-1).

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

SP. Taylor Jungmann, RHP

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