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Jameson McCausland

***CWS Opener: Texas vs Arkansas***

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Texas (42-21) at the 2018 NCAA College World Series

June 16-27, 2018

WhereTD Ameritrade Park | Omaha, Neb. 
TimeTexas Game One: Sunday @ 1 p.m. CT

TVESPN

Radio: 104.9 The Horn, AM 1260
No. of NCAA College World Series appearances: 36th

All-time CWS Record: 85-59

 

GAME NOTES

BACK TO OMAHA—Texas is making its NCAA-record 36th appearance at the College World Series…the Longhorns return to Omaha after a three-year absence. 

 

THE SUPER—After dropping game one, 5-4, to Tennessee Tech at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, Texas bounced back for a 4-2 win on Sunday and a 5-2 win on Sunday to clinch its first berth to Omaha since 2014…Kody Clemens homered in each of the three contests while hitting .625 for the series…in game two, Chase Shugart tossed six strong allowing one run (unearned) before giving way to Blair Henley who, after allowing a solo homer on his first pitch, sat down the next nine in order…in the decisive game three, Texas got a strong performance from Matteo Bocchi, making his fourth career start…TTU made it interesting in the ninth, loading the bases, but Nolan Kingham made his fourth relief appearance of the year to secure the save…the Longhorns held the nation’s top-ranking offense, which averaged over 10 runs per game entering the weekend, to just nine runs over three contests.

 

REGIONAL RECAP—Texas had 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.

 

#RIPAG16—When former Texas Baseball head coach Augie Garrido passed away on March 15, 2018, the Longhorns were sitting at a 9-9 record…the first game after his passing, Texas pounded out 16 hits—Garrido’s number—in a 14-1 rout of Kansas…since the Longhorns were 9-9, Texas has gone 32-11, winning the Big 12 Conference title, the Austin Regional, and the Austin Super Regional to return to Omaha, a place where Augie’s Texas teams went eight times.

 

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 and one of five remaining Dick Howser Trophy finalists…both honors are given to the top player in the country.

 

FIRST-TEAMER—Clemens was also named the first-team All-America 2B by five different organizations …he became the first Longhorn 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. 

 

BOTTOM THIRD—The Horns’ 7-8-9 hitters—DJ Petrinsky, Tate Shaw, and Jake McKenzie, respectively—have turned it on in the postseason…Petrinsky has 3 HR and 6 RBI  while hitting .316…Shaw snapped an 0-for-17 skid in his first at-bat in game one of the regional and has hit .300 since, and McKenzie has 3 doubles while hitting .391/.400/.522, raising his season average nearly 30 points.

 

HOOKEM HOUDINI—Redshirt-junior Parker Joe Robinson has been Houdini this season, inheriting and escaping bases loaded jams on five occasions, three times in the regular season and twice in the Super…he has not allowed a hit in any of those appearances and has stranded 12 of 15. 

 

THE BACKEND—David Pierce has utilized a veteran trio to solidify the back end of the bullpen…RH Andy McGuire,  RH Parker Joe Robinson, and LH Josh Sawyer…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 Sawyer, who also missed most of the past two seasons with injury including all of 2017…the relievers, all redshirt-juniors, totaled 49 apps together before this season and have combined for 77 so far in 2018. 

 

DEEEEFENSE—Texas’ .977 fielding percentage. across all games was tops among Big 12 teams and ranks 26th nationally…Texas has also turned 71 double plays on the year, tied for most in Division I…Texas’ everyday infielders have committed just 25 errors total on the year: 1B Jake McKenzie (1), 2B Kody Clemens (5), SS David Hamilton (11), 3B Ryan Reynolds (8).

THE COMEBACK KIDS—Texas has recorded 18 come-from-behind wins this season…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 17 vs. Louisiana) and first walk-off slam since Preston Clark’s against Army in the 2009 NCAA Regional.

 

THE DUKE—Sophomore OF Duke Ellis had a 23-game on base streak snapped on the Sunday of the Regional…in Big 12 play, 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.

 

ZUUUBOMB—Zubia hit his 11th HR of the year in game three of the regional, 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 had his career-high 13-game hitting streak snapped during game one of the regional, but he has raised his average nearly 20 points to .294 since April 27…the San Marcos native has 40 walks and just 38 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 6 triples…the Longhorns’ 2017 Spike Owen Defensive Player of the Year continues to play exceptional defense at shortstop, making just 11 errors while helping turn 71 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, 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.

 

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 25-of-54 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, David Pierce’s had never reached an NCAA Super Regional appearance while at the helm…the marks the first College World Series for him…Pierce had been to the CWS while an assistant at Rice in 2003, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

 

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1 minute ago, Jameson McCausland said:

Ah, Perry Costello. As if this game needed any more story lines.

At least he's not the HP blue.  Arky fans would blow a fuse. 

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10 minutes ago, Bear19 said:

Tell me the story line on Costello.

He was behind the plate in last year's Long Beach Regional when there was the controversial play at the plate involving Michael Cantu not touching home. Texas went on to lose the game by 1.

He was also behind the plate during the 2012 CWS in a game involving Arkansas, and apparently the strike zone was an adventure all game.

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Texas is going with the usual lineup: Hamilton, Ellis, Clemens, Zubia, Petrinsky, McKenzie, Hibbeler, Shaw and Reynolds. Nolan Kingham will be on the mound

Arkansas: RF Eric Cole, 3B Casey Martin, LF Heston Kjerstad, DH Luke Bonfield, CF Dominic Fletcher, 2B Carson Shaddy, 1B Jared Gates, C Grant Koch, SS Jax Biggers. Blaine Knight will be on the mound

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Top 2

Zubia- Grounder up the middle for a base hit

Petrinsky- DEEP flyout to LF. Any other ballpark and that is gone. It looked gone off the bat.

McKenzie- Works a full count and grounds one down the third base line. Martin makes a heck of a play and completes the play with a strong throw to first.

Hibbeler- Strikeout swinging

Texas made some quality contact against Knight that inning, but has nothing to show for it

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Bottom 2

Gates- Infield single. Gates smashed one that took a hard hop and hit Kody Clemens in the shoulder.

Koch- (Gates to second on a balk) Flyout to CF. Gates moves up to third.

Biggers- Popout in foul territory to Hamilton. Gates forced to hold at third.

Cole- Strikeout swinging

Nice job by Kingham to work around the leadoff single and balk

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