Is It Destiny?

OMAHA, Neb. - According to the oddsmakers, the top-seeded Texas Longhorns didn't enter the College World Series as the favorite to win a national championship. But after two bizarre victories, Texas is just one win away from playing in the championship series. Burnt Orange Beat's Jason Cole takes a look at the title chase thus far.

The Texas Longhorns may have entered the College World Series as the top national seed, but they haven't been getting much respect.

Despite being the top-ranked team, the general buzz around Omaha and the national media has been all about LSU. Coming into the tournament, Las Vegas deemed Cal State Fullerton the favorite.

Yet with each passing game, the ‘Horns keep defying the odds.

The fact is that LSU has been more reminiscent of the 2005 Longhorns team that took home the national championship. They not only mowed down opponents during the regional and super regional, but they're also playing near perfect baseball in Omaha.

The Tigers pass the eye test.

Texas doesn't. In two games at the CWS, their pitching has been inconsistent, the defense has committed four errors, and the offense has left 21 runners on base.

But they're finding ways to win.

Call it luck, call it clutch, call it fate. Regardless of what you want to call it—they're winning.

The Longhorns have been up to this for a few weeks.

During the Big 12 Tournament championship game, Texas fought off an early 4-1 hole against Missouri with an 11-run outburst in the fourth inning, effectively putting the game away. Texas committed four errors in the contest, helping the rather punchless Tigers offense score seven runs.

In the Austin Regional, Texas took home a historic 25-inning victory against Boston College despite being shut out for 22 consecutive frames.

They came back the next day by defeating fourth-seeded Army with an eight-run ninth, overcoming a 10-6 deficit.

The epic battles have continued in Omaha, and they've used unlikely, and unorthodox, methods to defeat Southern Miss and Arizona State.

Over the last four weeks, the ‘Horns have won a few pitcher's duels, as they did for most of the regular season. They've also won slugfests. They've won on walkoff grand slams and walkoff walks. They've won with a six-run comeback against one of the top pitchers in the nation.

The result?

Texas is 2-0 and in the bracket-two driver's seat at the College World Series. The Longhorns stand just one victory away from the championship series and three away from their seventh national title.

And they haven't been playing their best baseball of the year.

Whether or not the Longhorns can continue winning the way they have remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: the longer this occurs, the more it feels like destiny.


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