Arkansas beats Texas, 11-5, after scoring eight runs in the sixth

The Arkansas Razorbacks scored eight runs in a sixth inning interrupted by a 2 hour and 47 minute weather delay en route to an 11-5 victory Sunday over the Texas Longhorns in the College World Series.

In the CWS opener for both teams, Arkansas sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning against six Texas pitchers.

The Razorbacks punched out six singles and took advantage of four walks and one batter that was hit by a pitch.

It was a nightmarish experience for the Longhorns, who are playing in the CWS for the first time since 2014.

The outburst lifted Arkansas into an 11-2 lead. Texas scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth during garbage time.

After the Razorbacks recorded the lopsided victory, they advanced in the winners’ bracket to meet either Florida or Texas Tech.

The Longhorns, in turn, will play the Florida-Texas Tech loser in an elimination game. Both games are set for Tuesday.

The world series is being played at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

Stars of the game

Arkansas — Senior Luke Bonfield hit a two-run homer in the fifth to lift Arkansas into a 3-2 lead. Freshman Heston Kjerstad produced three hits, including a two-run single in the sixth inning. Pitcher Blaine Knight (13-0) remained undefeated after working five innings.

Texas — Austin Todd slapped a two-run single in the eighth inning to give the Longhorns a lift. Tate Shaw was 3 for 3 with a triple and a run scored. Kody Clemens, the star of the playoffs for Texas, had one hit in five at bats.

Quotable

Texas coach David Pierce, on whether he felt Arkansas was that good of a team offensively:

“They were today. I thought early in the game we pitched well. You just can’t afford to pitch behind (in the count) against Arkansas. And that’s what happened when we got unraveled.

“Either we pitched behind or we tried to get strike one and threw white-on-white
instead of a quality pitch.

“I’m not shellshocked. It’s just part of it. It’s not the way wished it had gone. Unortunately, it got away from us and we … ust couldn’t overcome the deficit.”

Records

Arkansas 45-19
Texas 42-22

After Texas took a one-run lead, Arkansas retaliated with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth to take charge.

The outburst that knocked out Texas starter Nolan Kingham left the Razorbacks in the lead, 5-2, when the game was suspended for a weather delay because of lightning in the area.

In the fifth, Kingham found trouble with a walk and then a two-run homer by Luke Bonfield.

Arkansas continued to apply pressure in the sixth with a couple of singles that forced Texas to go to its bullpen.

Texas reliever Parker Joe Robinson promptly walked two to force in the first run.

Josh Sawyer entered the game for Robinson, but he issued another walk, allowing the Razorbacks to score again.

Texas takes the lead

With Texas trailing by one early, the Longhorns scored in the third and the fifth innings in rallies sparked by Tate Shaw for a 2-1 lead.

In the third, Tate Shaw opened the inning with a triple to right center off Arkansas ace Blaine Knight.

Ryan Reyenolds brought him home with a chopper that Knight gloved and continued on to touch first for the unassisted play.

In the fifth, the Longhorns put men at first and second without hitting the ball out of the infield.

First, Masen Hibbeler reached on an infield single. Next, Shaw bunted for another hit.

Aftr Reynolds moved the runners up with a bunt sacrifice, David Shaw delivered with an RBI fly ball.

Texas left a runner stranded at third when Knight struck out Duke Ellis to end the threat.

Starters last five innings

Arkansas Blaine Knight and Texas’ Nolan Kingham both exited after picthing five innings.

Knight gave up two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out four. Kingham allowed five runs on nine hits. He also walked one and fanned four.

The Arkansas Razorbacks have jumped out front, 1-0, on Texas on Day 2 of the College World Series.

It’s Arkansas’ Blaine Knight, still undefeated this season, against Texas’ Nolan Kingham.

Highlights to this point for Arkansas?

A three-hit, first inning produces one run. Heston Kjerstad laces a one-out single off Kingham to make it 1-0.

Hogs leave runners stranded at first and third.

Texas makes better contact in the second inning off Knight, including D.J. Petrinsky’s line drive to left that nearly goes out of the park.

In the bottom of the second, Arkansas is scoreless but UT second baseman Kody Clemens was flexing his right (throwing) hand after an attempt to field a hard smash off the bat of Jared Gates.

Sunday’s schedule

Arkansas 11, Texas 5
Texas Tech vs. Florida, 6 p.m.

Saturday’s results

North Carolina 8, Oregon State 6
Mississippi State 1, Washington 0

College World Series opens Saturday in Omaha

College World Series
Opening weekend

At TD Ameritrade Park
Omaha, Nebraska

Saturday, June 16

Bracket 1

Oregon State vs. North Carolina, 2 p.m.
Mississippi State vs. Washington, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 17

Bracket 2

Arkansas vs. Texas, 1 p.m.
Florida vs. Texas Tech, 6 p.m.

Eight to Omaha

Breaking down Bracket 1

Oregon State (49-10-1) The Beavers finished second to Stanford in the Pac 12 standings and earned a No. 3 seed in the national tournament. In the playoffs, they have stormed to a 5-0 record, outscoring opponents 49-8. The Beavers beat Minnesota 8-1 and 6-3 in the Super Regional. Pitcher Luke Heimlich, in two playoff starts, has yielded two runs in 15 and 2/3 innings.

North Carolina (43-18) The Tar Heels won the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division en route to gaining a No. 6 national seed into the playoffs. In five tournament games, the Tar Heels are 5-0, with Michael Busch 10 for 17 with two homers and 11 RBI. Kyle Datres (.344) leads in hitting, followed by Busch (.333). Cooper Criswell (6-2) started and won the opener of the regional and the super regional. Heels swept Stetson for super regional title.

Mississippi State (37-27) The Bulldogs have advanced to the CWS under interim coach Gary Henderson, who took over in February following the resignation of Andy Cannizaro. State finished tied for third in the SEC West. In two playoff series, the Bulldogs have followed the lead of Elijah MacNamee and Jake Mangum to wins in five straight elimination games. On the road in the super regional, they ousted Vanderbilt in three games.

Washington (35-24) The Huskies finished third behind Stanford and Oregon State in the Pac-12 regular season. Shipped to Conway, S.C., they won three straight for the program’s first ticket to a super regional. In Fullerton, Calif., they followed by taking two of three against Cal State-Fullerton for their first CWS trip. Mason Cerillo (.335), Joe Wainhouse (19 HR) and Joe DeMers (7-3, 2.56) lead the Huskies.

Breaking down Bracket 2

Arkansas (44-19) The Razorbacks tied the Ole Miss Rebels for first in the SEC West at 18-12 to earn a No. 5 national seed in the tournament. They have not disappointed, posting a 5-1 record in the NCAA playoffs. After sweeping three games on the first weekend, they won two of three off South Carolina to advance to the CWS. The Hogs have crushed 94 home runs, including 14 apiece by Heston Kjerstad and Eric Cole. Blaine Knight (12-0, 2.84) is the staff ace.

Texas (42-21) After a slow start in February, the Longhorns got hot in May and won five of their last six Big 12 games to win the regular-season title. With a No. 13 national seed, they have followed Kody Clemens to the CWS with a 5-1 playoff record. Clemens is batting .500 in the playoffs with 11 hits, including three doubles and five home runs. The son of former MLB pitching star Roger Clemens has driven in 11 runs. UT pitching and defense combined to shut down explosive Tennessee Tech to win the Super Regional.

Florida (47-19) The defending national champions won the SEC East at 20-10 and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. But on the last weekend of the regular season, the Gators lost star catcher JJ Schwarz to a hand injury. In spite of the setback, Florida has posted a 5-2 record in the playoffs. Pushed to the limit by Auburn in the super regional, they won 3-2 in 11 innings on an Austin Langworthy homer. Jonathan India (.354, 20 HR) is a player of the year candidate.

Texas Tech (44-18) Texas Tech finished third in the Big 12 race and lost two of three at the conference tournament. But the Red Raiders, seeded No. 9 nationally in the NCAA field, have ripped off five victories in six games in the tournament. Slowed by an 11-2 loss to Duke in the second game of the super regional, they hit three home runs in a clinching, 6-2 victory. Former San Antonio schoolboy Josh Jung (.390) leads six players batting .300 or better. Zach Rheams (17 HR) has the power stroke.

Texas Tech advances to the College World Series

Gabe Holt, Michael Davis and Brian Klein belted home runs Monday afternoon, lifting the Texas Tech Red Raiders into the College World Series with a 6-2 victory over Duke.

Five Texas Tech pitchers scattered 10 Duke hits to clinch the best-of-3 Lubbock Super Regional, two games to one.

It is the third CWS appearance for the Red Raiders in the past five seasons.

Texas Tech won the opener Saturday and Duke took the second game on Sunday to set up the decisive game at Rip Griffin Park.

Duke tied the game 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning on a Jimmy Herron infield single, but Texas Tech retaliated immediately.

Zach Rheams led off the bottom half of the inning with a ground rule double and Davis followed with a two-run homer, making it 3-1.

After Duke scored once on a couple of triples to pull within a run in the sixth inning, Texas Tech answered in the bottom of the seventh with a solo shot by Klein.

The Red Raiders picked up two insurance runs in the eighth on RBI singles from Holt and Josh Jung.

Jung, a Texas Tech sophomore from MacArthur, had four of his teams’s 13 hits to raise his batting average to .390 leading into the CWS.

It will be his first trip to Omaha as a player, though he says he has attended a few of them as a fan.

Quotable

Josh Jung, talking to ESPN before the final game of the Super Regional, about what it would mean for him to make it to the CWS:

“To me, it’s been a lifelong goal, since I was eight-years old.”

Records

Duke 45-18
Texas Tech 44-18

Clemens-led Texas advances to College World Series

Kody Clemens slammed his fifth home run of the NCAA playoffs Monday as the Texas Longhorns advanced to the College World Series by downing the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, 5-2.

A sell-out crowd of more than 7,000 fans watched as the Longhorns backed the pitching of junior Matteo Bocchi and five relievers to clinch the Austin Super Regional.

Tennessee Tech won the first game of the best-of-3 series, but Texas bounced back to take the next two. Clemens hit home runs in all three games.

It is the 36th trip to the CWS for Texas, but it is the program’s first since 2014 and the first under second-year coach David Pierce, who kept the Longhorns steady after a shaky 9-9 start to the regular season.

Texas scored two runs in the second inning and two more in the third for a four-run lead on the Golden Eagles, the talented Ohio Valley Conference champions who won 53 games this season.

In the second, UT’s Ryan Reynolds laced a two-run double to the base of the fence in left field.

In the third, Clemens drilled a one-out, opposite-field home run. It was his 24th homer of the season. One out later, D.J. Petrinsky added another solo shot to make it 4-0.

Bocchi, making his 20th appearance and only his fourth start of the season, pitched five innings of four-hit ball. The former member of the Italian junior national team left with a 4-1 lead.

Trailing by the evntual final score, Tennessee Tech loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth. Facing Nolan Kingham, Brennon Kaleiwahea grounded out to end the game.

Records

Texas 42-21
Tennessee Tech 53-12

Bocchi to start for Texas against Tennessee Tech

Junior Matteo Bocchi has been named as the starting pitcher for the Texas Longhorns against Tennessee Tech in Monday’s third and deciding game of the Austin Super Regional.

The game starts at noon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, with the winner earning a berth in the College World Series.

Bocchi will be making his 20th appearance of the season and only his fourth start. He comes in with a 3-1 record and a 3.34 earned run average in 32 and 1/3 innings.

His last start came on May 23 against Kansas in Texas’ opener at the Big 12 tournament.

Bocchi walked four and gave up two runs in an eventual 3-2 loss to the Jayhawks.

The decision to start Bocchi comes a day after Texas coach David Pierce elected to use Blair Henley in relief Sunday in Game 2 against Tennessee Tech.

Texas needed a victory to avoid elimination, and Henley responded by giving up one run in three innings to preserve a 4-2 victory that tied the Super Regional at one win apiece.

Bocchi, a transfer from Odessa College, is the first Italian-born student-athlete to play baseball at Texas. His hometown is Parma, Italy.

In 2013, he threw a 9-inning shutout for Team Italy in its win over the Czech Republic at the Under-18 World Cup.

Bocchi played in the 2008 Little League World Series representing Italy with the Emilia Little League.

It was the country’s first native team to qualify for Williamsport.

He later played in high school for ITE Melloni in Parma, Italy.

Duke routs Texas Tech 11-2 at the Lubbock Super Regional

Max Miller doubled and tripled and produced four RBI for the Duke Blue Devils, who defeated Texas Tech 11-2 Sunday night in the NCAA Lubbock Super Regional.

With the victory, the Blue Devils tied the best-of-3 series at one game apiece. A deciding Game 3 is set for Monday with the winner advancing to the College World Series.

The game is set for 3 p.m. on ESPN2.

Texas bounces back to beat Tennessee Tech, 4-2

Kody Clemens doubled and homered and drove in two runs Sunday as the Texas Longhorns beat Tennessee Tech, 4-2, to tie the best-of-3 Austin Super Regional at one win apiece.

A deciding Game 3 is set for noon Monday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, with the winner earning a berth in the College World Series.

Shutting down an explosive offense, Chase Shugart pitched six innings and Blair Henley the last three for the Longhorns, who were facing elimination after losing the series opener 5-4 on Saturday.

Shugart experienced some problems with control but pitched effectively when it counted, holding the Golden Eagles to two hits and one unearned run.

The Texas defense also emerged as a factor.

While the UT infield turned a couple of double plays, it also broke down once with a throwing error by Clemens accounting for Tennessee Tech’s first run of the game in the second inning.

UT’s miscue allowed the Golden Eagles to cut the lead to 2-1.

Clemens made up for it in the Longhorns’ next at bat with a long solo homer off Tennessee Tech starter and staff ace Travis Moths, a 13-game winner who took the loss.

Texas scored again in the seventh off Moths to make it 4-1. David Garza answered for Tennessee Tech in the bottom half by greeting Henley with a first-pitch solo homer.

But that was it for the Golden Eagles, who managed only three hits on the afternoon.

Clemens, a third-round draft choice by the Detroit Tigers, continued his torrid offensive pace against Tennessee Tech.

In five NCAA tournament games, the son of former major league pitching star Roger Clemens is batting .474 with three doubles and four home runs.

He has also produced 10 RBI.

Thanks to Clemens and friends, the Longhorns moved to within one victory of their first trip to Omaha under second-year UT coach David Pierce.

The Longhorns are looking for their 36th trip overall.

Quotable

Kody Clemens, in comments posted on the Texas website, on whether he was surprised that the Golden Eagles pitched to him:

“Not really, I was just going up there with the same approach as always. I didn’t know what they were going to try and do, but I knew that pitcher’s sequences. I just got a good pitch and got a good swing on it.”

Coach David Pierce, on electing to pitch Henley in Game 2:

“Well, this is the thing, there’s no tomorrow if we don’t win today. It makes no sense to me to have our next best guy sitting in the bullpen and then we’d never get to him, for the simple fact that we’re waiting on playing him tomorrow. We had an opportunity to win and we went for it. Plus, he gives Parker Joe (Robinson) and Josh (Sawyer) some rest. I knew he was fresh, I knew his stuff would play, and it was the right decision for us.”

Records

Texas 41-21
Tennessee Tech 53-11

USC wins team title; Baylor finishes eighth in 4×400 relay

The Southern Cal women knew they had to win the 4×400 relay to win the NCAA team title on Saturday, and that’s exactly what they did in a stirring finish at Hayward Field.

USC’s Kendall Ellis came from behind in the last 50 meters to edge Purdue for first place in the relay and the accompanying 10 points necessary for the team championship.

A protest that could have scuttled the USC relay title and altered the team point standings was denied.

The drama unfolded in the final event of the NCAA Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Oregon. Rain fell for most of the last day of the meet.

Horton earns All-American honors

Baylor, with former Judson star Kiana Horton running the anchor leg, came in eighth place in the 4×400. Horton, a Baylor junior, claimed her first All-American designation outdoors.

Devin Clark finishes 11th

Devin Clark, an Arkansas sophomore from Smithson Valley, placed 11th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She crossed the line in 10 minutes and 3.7 seconds.

A&M’s Watson wins 800

Texas A&M freshman Sammy Watson patiently stalked the leaders in a driving rain and then came from behind to win the title in the 800 meters.

UT Arlington’s Henry claims high jump title

UT Arlington junior Alexus Henry won the championship in the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 11 and 1/2 inches.

Texas to host in 2019, 2020

The NCAA outdoor track meet will be staged in Austin for the next two years. The meet will be held at Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus in 2019 and 2020.

Hayward Field will undergo a major re-construction for the next two years in anticipation of the 2021 IAAF World Outdoor Championships.

Women’s team scoring

1, Southern Cal, 53
2, Georgia, 52
3, Stanford, 51
4, Kentucky, 46
5, Florida, 42
6, LSU, 41
7, Oregon, 39
8, Purdue, 34
9, Arizona State, 22
10, Virginia Tech, 21.5

Texas Tech rallies to defeat Duke, 6-4, in Super Regional opener

Trailing by three runs, the Texas Tech Red Raiders came from behind to beat Duke 6-4 in Game 1 of the Lubbock Super Regional.

As a result, the Red Raiders need only one more victory to advance to the College World Series.

Game 2 is set for Sunday afternoon. A third game, if necessary, would be played Monday.

Texas Tech scored two runs in the fifth, one each in the sixth and seventh and two more in the eighth to account for the eventual final score.

Gabe Holt smacked an RBI single and Brian Klein added a run-scoring double in the eighth to give the Red Raiders the lead.

Duke put runners on first and third with one out in the ninth but hit into a game-ending double play.

Zack Cone smashed a two-run double in the fifth to give the Blue Devils a 3-0 lead.

Records

Texas Tech 43-17
Duke 44-17

Tennessee Tech beats Texas, 5-4, in Austin Super Regional

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles moved to within one victory of the College World Series Saturday, rallying from two early deficits to beat Texas 5-4 in Game 1 of the Austin Super Regional.

Game 2 in the best-of-three series is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. A third game, if necessary, would be played Monday at noon.

Texas led 1-0 and 3-2 against Tennessee Tech but couldn’t hold on in front of a rowdy home crowd at Disch-Falk Field.

Chase Chambers pounded a two-run double to the wall to highlight a three-run fifth for the Golden Eagles. David Garza’s RBI double to right capped the rally and made it 5-3.

In the seventh inning, Texas’ Jake McKenzie doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on David Hamilton’s sacrifice fly.

Tennessee Tech reliever Ethan Roberts got out of the jam and shut out Texas the rest of the way.

The Golden Eagles, in the Super Regional round for the first time, are looking for their first trip to the CWS.

The Longhorns will need to win two straight for their 36th appearance.