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Longhorns beat Pirates 9-8 with walk-off in ninth to force game three

HornSports Staff
HornSports Staff

Photo Credit: @TexasBaseball

Greenville, NC -- Texas came into the day facing elimination following an opening game loss to the East Carolina Pirates. For the second day, the Longhorns began with two runs in the first before the bats went cold and pitching continued to struggle in the middle innings. However, a barrage of home runs late in the game and heroic late-game play from Dylan Campbell allowed the 'Horns to rally and break the horrid 0-17 streak of being behind after seven innings to force a game three on Sunday against the Pirates.

Murphy Stehly once again gave Texas an early lead with an RBI single to right that drove in Eric Kennedy who found himself in scoring position via a single and a stolen base. Texas plated another run with a poor throw to first from the Pirates' shortstop that forced a bobbled and dropped ball, allowing Stehly to run home.

East Carolina got on the board with a solo homer in the fourth and found their groove in the fifth when Lucas Gordon began to struggle. Two singles to lead off the inning and an error from Trey Faltine loaded the bases for the Pirates. Bryson Worrell proceeded to knock a two RBI double down the left field line to score two, leaving two on and forcing a pitching change on Texas' behalf. Marcus Olivarez entered into a difficult situation and allowed a bomb to right center that plated three runs and gave the Pirates a commanding 6-2 lead.

The Pirates scored another run in the seventh following a wild pitch but the Longhorns seemingly woke up with a Douglas Hodo III two-run homer to right center to tighten the Pirates lead to 7-4.

Skyler Messinger delivered with an eighth inning three run homer to right center to tie the game. Dylan Campbell followed with a bomb to right center to give the 'Horns an 8-7 lead late in the game. Six runs scored off three homers in the seventh and eighth innings lifted the 'Horns from a 7-2 deficit. 

Let's not forget that baseball is a game of nine innings. The Pirates smacked a top of the ninth, two out homer to left field to tie the game at 8-8.

However, in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, two strikes, and the bases loaded, Dylan Campbell heroically walked-off with a hit down the right field line to drive in Melendez and keep the Longhorns' season alive.

Texas will meet the Pirates again tomorrow with the winner earning a trip to the College World Series in Omaha.

Game Stats

Campbell: (3-5)  2 RBI, 1 HR, 1 Walk-Off
Messinger: (1-5) 3 RBI, 1 HR
Hodo III: (3-5)  2 RBI, 1 HR


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