AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas is trying to continue to stay alive in the College World Series Friday night as they face Mississippi State, the team that defeated them 2-1 in the first game in Omaha. Currently, the Longhorns are up 8-5 in the 9th inning as both teams wait out a rain delay.
The game is expected to resume at 1:05 a.m. Saturday.
Safe to say, Texas exorcised their offensive demons from their first meeting with the Bulldogs. The Longhorns scored eight runs on eight hits.
No hit was more crucial than Ivan Melendez, who hit a three run home run in the top of the 9th to give Texas the 8-5 lead.
This is the second delay that Texas has faced today, although the game was pushed back for a much different reason than weather.
The Longhorns game was delayed because of a situation that came up before the North Carolina State-Vanderbilt game. Several players entered the COVID-19 health and safety protocol hours before the first pitch, so the shorthanded Wolfpack had to decide whether to take the field at all.
Only 13 players were available for the Wolfpack.
The game was played, but it started an hour later. Vanderbilt won 3-1, and if they beat NC State tomorrow afternoon, the Commodores will advance to the championship series that begins on Monday night.
Texas will have to beat Mississippi State twice in order to meet Vanderbilt. A win for the Longhorns Friday night will set up a winner-take-all game Saturday night, which would be scheduled for 6 p.m. if necessary.