AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns are headed to the College World Series after beating Tennessee Tech in a winner-take-all game three Monday afternoon.
The Longhorns will be making a national record 36th appearance in the College World Series and their first since 2014.
Kody Clemens hit a home run and took the Longhorns to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning. It was Clemens’ 5th home run of the NCAA postseason.
Catcher D.J.Petrinsky followed up with another solo shot to give the Longhorns a 4-0 cushion against the Golden Eagles high-powered offense.
Tennessee Tech’s bats were held in check by spot starter Matteo Bochi who went five innings allowing one earned run on four hits.
In the 6th inning, with Texas leading 4-1, the Longhorn bullpen was shaky. Blair Henley, after closing out game two, issued two walks without recording an out. Josh Sawyer relieved Henley and issued another walk, but in came Parker Joe Robinson.
With the bases loaded in the 6th, Robinson allowed a sacrifice fly to David Garza to make the score 4-2, but followed up with 2.2 perfect innings to shut down Tennessee Tech.
Nolan Kingham, who started the super regional opener on Saturday, came in to close out the ninth getting the final two outs and sending the Longhorns to Omaha.