HE STOLE HOME. ?@TexasBaseball's David Hamilton with the magician skills! ?✨? pic.twitter.com/xoa5oSYh9B
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 2, 2018
DJ Petrinski electrified a sold-out crowd with a three-run homer as the top-seeded Texas Longhorns routed the No. 4 Texas Southern Tigers 10-0 Friday night at Disch-Falk Field in the NCAA Austin Regional.
As a result, the Longhorns advanced into a Saturday night slot in the winners’ bracket against the in-state rival Texas A&M Aggies. Texas A&M won earlier in the day, knocking off Indiana, 10-3.
Now that a playoff game against the Aggies has been assured — first pitch is set for 6 p.m. — Texas fans have seen just about everything in David Pierce’s second season as head coach.
To this point, the season has included a shaky start in the non-conference phase of the schedule, a surge that resulted in a Big 12 regular season title, and then a head-scratching stumble at the conference tournament.
But against Texas Southern, Texas showed that it may indeed have found its playoff footing.
The Longhorns, listed as a No. 13 national seed, beat the Tigers with pitching, defense and even with an offense that flashed both power and speed.
By the end of the sixth inning, Texas starter Chase Shugart had shut out Texas Southern on four hits, its defense had turned the 64th and 65th double plays of the season, and its offense had scored on both a long home run and a steal of home plate.
Petrinski hit his seventh homer to highlight a four-run third. In the fifth, David Hamilton caught Texas Southern relief pitcher Mason Furlong by surprise, stealing home for the third run of the inning and a 9-0 lead.
In the top of the sixth, Shugart showed his own athleticism, bare-handing a ground ball to start a double play.
He wheeled and threw to the bag at second and watched as Hamilton came across to take throw before firing to first to end the inning.
Shugart finished his day with six innings pitched. He allowed only four hits and struck out six. Petrinski was 2 or 3 with 4 RBIs.
Texas Southern 27-27