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Jameson McCausland

***Super Regional Thread: Tennessee Tech vs Texas***

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Texas (40-20) vs. Tennessee Tech (52-10)

NCAA SUPER REGIONAL

June 9-11, 2018

WhereUFCU Disch-Falk Field
TimeSaturday @ 2 p.m., Sunday @ 2 p.m., Monday @ Noon (if necessary)

TVESPN2

Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260, SiriusXM Ch. 84
No. of previous NCAA Super Regional Appearances (last): 9 (2014)

All-time Super Regional Record: 17-6

 

GAME NOTES

THE SUPER—Texas hosts its first Super Regional since 2014 when it hosted Houston and went on to Omaha…Tennessee Tech is making its first ever Super Regional appearance and the first ever appearance for an Ohio Valley Conference program.

 

REGIONAL RECAP—Texas is coming off a 3-0 performance at the NCAA Regional…the Longhorns won game one, 10-0, behind strong performances from Chase Shugart and Matteo Bocchi on the hill…in game two, Texas defeated A&M, 8-3…Kody Clemens hit a three-run homer in the 1st and Nolan Kingham kept the Aggies at bay for 7.2 innings…in game three, Blair Henley delivered a career performance, going 7.1 allowing two runs (none earned) while Zach Zubia hit a game-tying homer and Clemens hit the go-ahead RBI double to win in…in the 9th, the Hoosiers loaded the bases with one out before Shugart entered in relief and got two strikeouts to end it.

 

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM—The Austin Regional All-Tournament team saw Clemens named MVP while DJ Petrinsky (C), Clemens (2B), David Hamitlon (SS), Duke Ellis (OF), and Nolan Kingham (P) earned All-Tournament honors.

 

FEELING THE DRAFT—Kody Clemens was the first Longhorn off the board in the 2018 MLB Draft after he was selected with the first pick of the third round, No. 79 overall, by the Detroit Tigers…Nolan Kingham (12th, Braves), Chase Shugart (12th, Red Sox), Josh Sawyer (16th, Cubs), and Andy McGuire (28th, Blue Jays) were also selected.

 

FINAL FOUR/FIVE—Kody Clemens was named one of four Golden Spikes Award finalists this week and one of five remaining Dick Howser Trophy finalists…both honors are given to the top college player in the country.

 

FIRST-TEAMER—Clemens was also named the first-team 2B on both the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball All-America teams…he became the first Longhorns position player to earn first-team honors since Kyle Russell did so in 2007…Clemens is also the first Texas player of any position to earn first-team distinction since RHP Corey Knebel and RHP Taylor Jungmann were honored in 2011. 

 

NO FREEBIES—Longhorns starting pitchers allowed just one walk during the regional compared to 21 strikeouts…as a whole, the Texas pitching staff struck out 31 and walked just two in the three games.

 

BOTTOM THIRD—The Horns’ 7-8-9 hitters—DJ Petrinsky, Tate Shaw, and Jake McKenzie, respectively—combined to go 12-for-28 (.429) in the three games of the regional…Petrinsky went 4-for-8 with 2 homers, 5 RBI, and 6 BBs, Shaw snapped an 0-for-17 skid in his first at-bat in game one, and McKenzie went 5-for-12 (.417). 

 

THE COMEBACK KIDS—Texas has recorded 18 come-from-behind wins this season, including comebacks in six of their last 13 ballgames…the Horns trailed 3-0 after the first inning on May 18 vs. TCU and walked off the game after Duke Ellis beat out an infield single with 2 outs in the 9th and Clemens followed with his 18th homer…in both wins over Texas Tech, the Longhorns had to rebound from a deficit…on May 1 vs. Texas State, Texas trailed, 10-6, entering the 9th when Masen Hibbeler and Ellis led off with walks, Clemens singled, and Zach Zubia walked to set up Hamilton’s 9th inning walk-off slam…at the time, it was the Horns’ 2nd walk-off homer of the season (Austin Todd on Feb 17vs. Louisiana) and first walk-off grand slam since Preston Clark’s against Army in the 2009 NCAA Regional.

 

DEEEEFENSE—Texas’ .978 fielding percentage across all games is good for tops among Big 12 teams and 21st nationally…as a team, Texas has also turned 68 double plays on the year, which ranks third in all of Division I…all four of Texas’ infielders have committed 10 or fewer errors: 1B Jake McKenzie (1), 2B Kody Clemens (4), SS David Hamilton (10), 3B Ryan Reynolds (8).

 

THE DUKE—Sophomore OF Duke Ellis had a 23-game on base streak snapped on Sunday…since that streak began on April 13, however, he has raised his average from .255 to .304… in Big 12 action, the transfer finished 2nd in the conference with a .390 batting average (WVU Kyle Gray, .391) and first in on-base (.484)…he’s also successfully stolen 16-of-18 bases so far this season, his first season on the Forty Acres after transferring from Panola JC.

 

ZUUUBOMB—Zubia hit his 11th HR of the year on Sunday, tying the game vs. Indiana at 2-2…twice this season, Zach Zubia hit a two-run homer to help clinch a Big 12 road series…he first did it at OU and also did it in the Sundayrubber match against Texas Tech…the redshirt-freshman was named the All-Big 12 first-team DH, named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team, and a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American…Zubia and Clemens are the first pair of Longhorns teammates with at least 10 homers apiece since Cameron Rupp, Kevin Keyes, and Kevin Lusson all had double-digit dingers in 2010.

 

HAMMY TIME—Sophomore SS David Hamilton has also elevated his offense…he is currently riding a career-high 13-game hitting streak in which he’s raised his average over 30 points to .307…the San Marcos native has 37 walks and just 37 strikeouts on the year while swiping a team-high 31 bases in 38 attempts…his 31 bags are the most since Tim Moss stole 40 in 2002…Hamilton also leads the team with 11 bunt singles and six triples…in addition to his offense, the Longhorns’ 2017 Spike Owen Defensive Player of the Year continues to play exceptional defense at shortstop, making just 10 errors while helping turn 68 double plays…he was the only shortstop named on either the All-Big 12 first- or second-teams. 

 

THE MIND OF MCKENZIE—Senior RHP/UTIL player Jake McKenzie, who walked on at Texas as a freshman and has become the starting first baseman this year, was named a Google Cloud Academic All-American by CoSIDA on Thursday, becoming the first Longhorn to earn that distinction since John Curtiss in 2014…on April 17, he played all nine positions in Texas’ seven-inning win over UTRGV on April 17…he started the game at catcher, the only position he had not previously played while at Texas, before moving through the infield and outfield…he got the final two outs of the game on the hill…McKenzie was recognized on SportsCenter for accomplishing a feat that only five major league players have…earlier this year, McKenzie was awarded the Marvin Wright Student Athlete Award from the Cockrell School of Engineering…the Longhorns’ inaugural Sean Braswell Academic MVP in 2017 graduated on May 18 with a 3.95 GPA in petroleum engineering. 

 

JUCO BOYS—The Longhorns looked to the juco ranks to fill voids in 2018…Duke Ellis (Panola JC), Masen Hibbeler, (Odessa College) and DJ Petrinsky (Hill College) are everyday players, with Ellis manning RF, Hibbeler manning LF, and Petrinsky handling the everyday catching duties…Hibbeler, despite never playing the OF before this year, leads the Longhorns with three outfield assists…he’s also spent time at second base, shortstop, and first base this season.

 

THE BACKEND—David Pierce has utilized a veteran trio to solidify the back end of the bullpen…RH Andy McGuire, who was named to the All-Big 12 second team and who had not played baseball in each of the last two seasons, has led the Longhorns with seven saves…in front of McGuire is fifth-year LH Josh Sawyer, who also missed most of the past two seasons with injury including all of 2017…All-Big 12 Honorable Mention reliever Parker Joe Robinson, who had 10 career appearances before the 2018 season, has a miniscule 1.38 ERA in 18 appearances this year and has navigated inherited runners masterfully…the relievers, all redshirt-juniors, totaled 49 apps together before this season and have combined for 72 so far in 2018. 

 

MORE ON MCGUIRE—In his first start since April 22, 2014, McGuire had a breakout game on March 30 a tK-State…the redshirt-junior went deep for his first career home run in his first at-bat…he’d add two more hits in the game and finished with 3 RBI…on March 31, he added another 3-RBI game that included a bases-loaded double to pull Texas to within one…he also moved from RF to the mound with two outs and tossed 1.1 perfect for the save.

 

GO DJ, THAT’S MY DJ—After the first five attempted stolen bases against him were successful this season, junior catcher DJ Petrinsky has caught 24-of-51 since, good for 42.9% caught stealing overall on the season…he also picked up the first career stolen base of his own on May 24. 

 

SUPER PIERCE—Despite making NCAA Regional appearances in each of his seven seasons as head coach, this marks David Pierce’s first NCAA Super Regional appearance while at the helm. 

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Bottom 1

Hamilton- Flyout to RF

Ellis- Double to LF. Collin Harris looked like he had a play on it as he drifted towards the wall, but the ball goes off his glove.

Clemens- Evey up to 95 MPH with the fastball. Duke Ellis moves up to 3rd base on a passed ball. Clemens works a full count walk.

Runners at the corners with 1 away

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