AUSTIN, Texas — It was the bottom of the ninth, score tied 3-3, two outs, when Texas catcher Silas Ardoin gets to first on an error by USF shortstop. Eric Kennedy steps up and hits a massive double off the wall in deep center that sends Ardoin home for the 4-3 win. Texas is one win away from traveling to Omaha for the College World Series.
Ty Madden pitched six and two-thirds innings delivered nine strikeouts and allows no runs. Tanner Witt relieves Madden in the seventh then gets the win after USF scored three in the ninth to tie the score. Witt is now 4-0.
Texas scored in the first when Zach Zubia reached base and got an RBI when Mike Antico scored. The second inning Antico doubles to left driving home Eric Kennedy and gets an RBI. Madden's stellar pitching in the third, fourth, sixth, and seventh with six stakeouts along with Texas' defense keps USF scoreless.
Texas scored in the seventh when Kennedy hit a sacrafice fly to center field to score Trey Faltine giving Texas a 3-0 lead.
South Florida made their last stand in the ninth tying the game with a home run from righfielder Daniel Cantu and another home run from pinch-hitter Drew Brutcher that also scored left fielder Jarret Eaton. Score is tied 3-3 and Texas is up in the bottom of the ninth.
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Right fielder Douglas Hodo III is up and strikes out but the USF catcher can't hold on to the ball and has to throw Hodo III out at first. Faltine then flies out ot centerfield. Two outs, bottom of ninth, Ardoin reached first on an error. The crowd is going wild, everyone's heart is pound.
Kennedy absolutely smashed a doubled to center field that hits the wall and scored Ardoin.
Texas is now one win away from traveling to Omaha for the College World Series. Texas plays South Florida again Sunday at 8 P.M.
Sam Ehlinger was even on hand to support Texas along with a packed Disch-Falk field full of Texas Longhorns fans.