Congratulations to @TexasBaseball on an amazing season and a nation-leading 36th trip to Omaha! #CWS pic.twitter.com/WBvfZ2L80C
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 19, 2018
Jonathan India and Nick Horvath both smashed home runs Tuesday afternoon to support a strong pitching effort as the Florida Gators defeated Texas, 6-1, ousting the Longhorns from the College World Series.
With the victory, the defending national champion Gators bounced back from a CWS-opening loss to Texas Tech and improved to 1-1 in Bracket 2.
Texas’ tournament run is over after an 0-2 showing in losses to Arkansas and Florida.
Texas Tech and Arkansas were scheduled to play later Tuesday in a winners’ bracket showdown, but the game was postponed because of weather concerns in Omaha, Nebraska.
It is now scheduled to be played at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Florida starter Jackson Kowar and relievers Jordan Butler and Michael Byrne combined to strike out 15 Longhorns. Kowar fanned 13 in 6 and 2/3 scoreless innings.
India slammed a three-run homer in a four-run sixth inning as the Gators built a 5-0 lead. Horvath added a solo shot to lead off the eighth.
Despite the loss, Texas enjoyed a strong season with 42 victories, a Big 12 regular-season title and its first trip to Omaha in four years.
Kody Clemens slammed five of his team-high 24 home runs as Texas advanced through the regional and super regional playoffs with a 5-1 combined record.
Starting pitching also had been a strength of the Longhorns on the first two weekends of the playoffs.
In Omaha, however, UT’s starting pitching was rocked in both games.
Nolan Kingham gave up five runs on nine hits in five innings against Arkansas, in an eventual 11-5 loss. Blair Henley lasted only 2 and 2/3 innings against Florida.
The Gators punched four hits against Henley, who also walked four before he was pulled in the third, trailing 1-0.
Chase Shugart pitched well in relief until the sixth inning, when the Gators erupted for four runs. The big blow was India’s 21st homer of the season.
Shugart yielded five runs on six hits in 4 and 1/3 innings. He struck out six.
Clemens also struggled in two CWS games.
He went 1 for 4 against the Gators and flied out to end the game with two runners on base. In Omaha, the son of UT legend Roger Clemens was 2 for 9 and did not drive in a run.
This ball was CRUSHED! #GatorTater
India gives the #Gators a 5-0 lead in the sixth. #JonnyGator
— Gators Baseball (@GatorsBB) June 19, 2018