Flores grand slam paces Texas, sets up Longhorns-Aggies NCAA tournament game

By Jerry Briggs
Special for The JB Replay

Trailing early and feeling some pressure, the Texas Longhorns erupted for three runs in the fourth inning and seven in the fifth on Friday night en route to a 12-5 NCAA tournament victory over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Olsen Field.

Kimble Schuessler had three hits and Jalin Flores from San Antonio Brandeis High School smashed a grand slam, advancing the Longhorns in the winners bracket of the Bryan-College Station Regional to play their longtime rivals, the Texas A&M Aggies, on Saturday night.

In the beginning, the regional’s third-seeded Longhorns looked a bit sluggish. The second-seeded Cajuns were taking it to them. Lee Amedee ripped a solo home run in the second. Trey LaFleur added a long solo shot in the third, staking Louisiana to a 2-0 lead.

At that point, some in the crowd at A&M’s home field started to join in with the Louisiana fans to cheer the Cajuns. There might have been a jeer or two for the Longhorns, as well. In response, UT answered with fourth-inning outburst to take charge of the game.

During the rally, they strung together five straight hits. Rylan Galvan had an RBI double and Dee Kennedy added a two-run single, lifting the Longhorns into a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Flores made two nice plays in the field to choke off a Louisiana rally. On the first one, the Cajuns had runners at first and second base, and he fielded a ground ball in the hole.

Flores flipped a short throw to third for the first out, keeping a base runner out of prime scoring position.

Next, he figured into an inning-ending double play. On the play, Kennedy fielded a ground ball on the right side and threw to the bag at second, where Flores came across to touch for the second out. He promptly rifled a throw to first that beat Amedee by a half step to end the inning.

But with the Longhorns coming to bat in the top of the fifth and leading by only a run, they needed another rally and some more runs for breathing room against the Sun Belt Conference champions. A rally is what they got.

UT had the first four batters reach base, with Galvan drawing a walk to drive in a run. After Will Gasparino struck out, disaster struck for Louisiana when Cajuns shortstop Kalen DeBarge failed to field cleanly a ground ball that could have been a double play.

Instead, a run scored and everyone was safe, loading the bases again.

From there, Jared Thomas delivered with an RBI single to make it 6-2. With the bases still jammed, Flores stepped up and cranked his third grand slam and his 18th homer of the season, a blast that landed well behind the left field fence.

Suddenly, UT was leading 10-2 and cruising. For Flores, a first-team All Big 12 performer, it was his second grand slam in NCAA tournament play. He also hit one in last year’s NCAA tournament to help the Longhorns win the Coral Gables Regional.


Louisiana 40-19
Texas 36-22

Coming up

Bryan-College Station Regional

Saturday — Losers bracket game between Grambling and Louisiana at 2 p.m. Winners bracket game between Texas and regional top seed Texas A&M at 8 p.m. A&M is seeded third overall in the NCAA tournament.

Taking a look at San Antonio-area players in NCAA Division I baseball

Editor’s note: With college baseball starting this week, here is a list of athletes from the San Antonio area playing in NCAA Division I programs. I’ll be updating when new information comes to light. Major college players of note include TCU infielder Anthony Silva and two players at Texas, outfielder Porter Brown and infielder Jalin Flores. Both Silva and Brown made the preseason All-Big 12 team.


Ryan Beaird, junior right-handed pitcher from Reagan HS
Ruger Riojas, sophomore right-handed pitcher from Wimberley HS
Ryan Ward, senior right-handed pitcher from Clemens HS
Barrett Johnson, freshman right-handed pitcher from Johnson HS
Whitt Joyce, freshman catcher from Medina Valley HS
Ryan Jester, freshman left-handed pitcher from Bracken Christian HS
Aiden Baumann, sophomore outfielder from New Braunfels HS

Texas State

Ryne Farber, freshman infielder from Johnson HS
August Ramirez, redshirt senior catcher from O’Connor HS, Cisco College
Colten Drake, redshirt junior left-handed pitcher from Kerrville Tivy, Blinn JC
Rashawn Galloway, sophomore catcher from Boerne HS
Tyler Garritano, freshman infielder from Boerne HS
DJ Burke, senior right-handed pitcher from Clark HS, Garden City, San Jacinto JC, Texas
Matthew Tippie, junior right-handed pitcher from Wimberley HS, Angelina College

Incarnate Word

Isaiah Zavala, graduate student right-handed pitcher from Southwest HS
EJ Garcia, sophomore right-handed pitcher from New Braunfels Canyon HS
AJ Herrera, freshman catcher from Central Catholic HS
Rey Mendoza, graduate student outfielder from Eagle Pass HS, University of Houston
Edward Mendoza, junior right-handed pitcher from Eagle Pass HS
Julio Riggs, graduate student infielder from Boerne HS


Porter Brown, redshirt senior outfielder from Reagan HS, TCU
Jalin Flores, sophomore infielder from Brandeis HS

Texas A&M

Zane Badmaev, redshirt senior right-handed pitcher from Boerne HS, Tarleton State


Anthony Silva, sophomore infielder from Clark HS
Luke Boyers, senior outfielder from Boerne Champion HS
Cohen Feser, junior right-handed pitcher from Reagan HS
Mason Bixby, freshman right-handed pitcher from Johnson HS


Andrew Petrowski, redshirt junior right-handed pitcher from Clark HS, Garden City College, San Jacinto College
Jackson Elizondo, freshman left-handed pitcher from Smithson Valley HS

Kansas State

Preston Martinez, junior right-handed pitcher from Johnson HS, Dyersburg State College (Tenn.)


Kyte McDonald, graduate outfielder from Antonian College Prep, Mississippi State, Alvin CC and Wichita State.


Hunter Grimes, redshirt senior outfielder from Kerrville Tivy HS, UTSA and McLennan CC


Rocco Garza-Gongora, sophomore infielder/outfielder from Laredo Alexander HS
Will Carsten, senior right-handed pitcher from Reagan HS, McLennan Community College


Clayton Chadwick, graduate student outfielder from La Vernia, Sam Houston State


Edward Hart, sophomore left-handed pitcher from Alamo Heights

Tarleton State

Jake Burcham, junior right-handed pitcher from Reagan HS

Wichita State

Camden Johnson, freshman infielder from Boerne HS

Houston Christian

Jarek Wells, senior pitcher/outfielder from Smithson Valley HS and Midland College
Dylan LaRue, sophomore catcher from Blanco HS
Tyler LaRue, senior catcher from Blanco HS, Rice University and Grayson College
Lance Berkman, head coach, from New Braunfels Canyon

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Chance Reisdorph, junior catcher from New Braunfels Canyon HS
Cole Modgling, redshirt senior outfielder from Medina Valley, Northeast Texas CC
Evans Hendricks, senior left-handed pitcher from Navarro HS, and Temple Junior College
Zach Garcia, junior left-handed pitcher from New Braunfels HS
Alberto Santos IV, freshman right-handed pitcher from San Marcos HS
xScott Malone, head coach, former assistant coach at UTSA

UT-Rio Grande Valley

Matt Mendez, redshirt freshman infielder from Del Rio HS
Evan Janner, freshman outfielder from New Braunfels Canyon HS
Francisco Hernandez, redshirt junior right-handed pitcher from Laredo Alexander HS, San Jacinto College

Stephen F. Austin

Cal Martin, senior infielder from Reagan HS


Outfielder Kasen Wells, considered the top player in the San Antonio area in 2022 at Smithson Valley HS, is on the roster at Weatherford College after playing as a freshman last season at Texas A&M.

Texas wins Coral Gables Regional with a 10-6 victory over Miami

By Jerry Briggs
For The JB Replay

Trailing by three runs early, the Texas Longhorns scored nine in the third inning and went on to claim the NCAA Coral Gables Regional title with a 10-6 victory over the Miami Hurricanes.

The Longhorns erupted for nine runs on seven hits in the third. San Antonio’s Jalin Flores capped the outburst with a grand slam over the center field wall. Flores is a UT freshman from Brandeis High School.

Texas won the regional by winning three games in three days at the home of the Hurricanes. On Friday, they downed the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, 4-2. On Saturday, they rode the pitching of Lebarron Johnson Jr. to a 4-1 victory over Miami, sending the Hurricanes into the losers bracket.

After downing Louisiana 8-5 on Sunday morning, Miami advanced to the finals, where it would need two victories over Texas to win the title. UT didn’t let that happen even though at times, the pitching was shaky. Starter Tanner Witt gave up an early three-run homer and was lifted after two innings.

In the third, UT went on an extended offensive run. Big hits early in the uprising including an RBI double by Jared Thomas and a two-run single by Peyton Powell. Later, Garret Guillemette stroked a two-run double. At that point, Miami reliever Carlos Lequerica walked two batters to load the bases.

Flores, the next man up, sized up the first pitch from Lequerica and sent it over the wall for his fourth home run of the season. The blow energized the UT dugout and gave the Longhorns a 9-3 lead.

With the lead, Longhorns reliever Charlie Hurley kept the Hurricanes in check until Yohandy Morales smacked a three-run homer in the seventh inning. The blow trimmed UT’s lead to 10-6. Closer Zane Morehouse entered in the seventh to finish out the game, pitching 2 and 2/3 scoreless while striking out seven.

Next week, Texas (41-20) will play in the Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament against either longtime rival Texas A&M or national No. 8 seed Stanford. A&M and Stanford were playing late Sunday in the finals of the Stanford Regional. A&M can claim the regional title with one victory. Stanford needs to win twice to claim the title.