Horns247 is on the scene, providing live updates throughout the game. Follow the action as the Longhorns and Aggies duke it out for the right to stay alive in Omaha:
Texas: 1. Douglas Hodo III, Soph., CF (.319/.415/.530); 2. Eric Kennedy, Jr., LF (.299/.387/.473) ; 3. Ivan Melendez, Jr., 1B (.393/.513/.877); 4. Murphy Stehly, Sr., 2B (.374/.431/.674); 5. Austin Todd, Sr., DH (.324/.403/.478); 6. Skyler Messinger (.370/.420/.569); 7. Silas Ardoin, Soph., C (.271/.393/.517); 8. Dylan Campbell, Soph., RF (.266/.367/.497); 9. Trey Faltine, Soph., SS (.287/.399/.561)
Texas A&M: 1. Trevor Werner, Soph., 3B (.258/.364/.492); 2. Jack Moss, Soph., 1B (.388/.444/.531); 3. Dylan Rock, Sr., LF (.325/.473/.651); 4. Austin Bost, Jr., DH (.357/.449/.567); 5. Ryan Targac, Soph., 2B (.292/.429/.579); 6. Troy Claunch, Sr., C (.297/.376/.402); 7. Brett Minnich, Jr., RF (.305/.412/.455); 8. Jordan Thompson, Jr., CF (.250/.389/.473); 9. Kole Kaler, Sr., SS (.241/.382/.332)
PITCH MATCH UP
Texas: Lucas Gordon, Soph., LHP (7-1, 2.68 ERA, 84 innings, 67 hits and 25 walks allowed with 76 strikeouts)
Texas A&M: Micah Dallas, Jr., RHP (6-3, 5.40 ERA, 76.2 innings, 94 hits and 20 walks allowed with 83 strikeouts)
— Batting first as the designated visiting team, the Longhorns get things started early. Hodo draws a leadoff and goes to third on an opposite-field single by the left-handed hitting Kennedy with Kaler unable to make a play going to his right. Texas has runners on the corners with no outs and the heart of the order coming up.
— After Melendez strikes out swinging and Stehly pops out to first base, Todd comes through with a two-out base hit to bring a run home. Todd’s single to left easily scores Hodo and with runners on first and second with two outs, the Longhorns draw first blood and are looking for more with Dallas up to 21 pitches in the inning.
Texas 1, Texas A&M 0
— Messinger swings and misses Dallas’ 26th pitch of the inning. It’s a one-run, two-hit opening frame for the Longhorns, who leave two on base as Gordon takes the mound for his first inning of work.
— If there can be such a thing as an eventful three-up, three-down inning on 10 pitches, Gordon experienced it in the home helped. Two tremendous defensive plays — by Messinger to retire Werner on a 5-3 groundout and by Melendez to snag a hard liner to first by Rock to end the inning — sandwich Hodo and Campbell nearly colliding in right-center before Hodo secures the fly ball off of Moss’ bat for the second out of the inning. Regardless, Texas heads to the plate in the second with a one-run lead.
— Entering the game with a .967 fielding percentage, which ranks No. 171 nationally and no. 13 in the 14-team SEC, the first error of the game charged to the Aggies gets things started for the Longhorns with one out. Campbell’s ground ball to third is bobbled by Werner, who can’t recover in time to retire the speedy Texas outfielder. The Longhorns catch another break when Claunch’s throw to second base on an attempted steal by Campbell is on the money, but the slide knocks Targac’s glove off of his left hand. Campbell is safe and in scoring position with one out.
— Faltine grounds out back to the mound to advance Campbell to third base and Hodo brings in the second run of the game with two outs. Hodo’s 26th double of the season is ripped to left on another clutch two-out hit for the Longhorns to put a run on the scoreboard.
— Texas 2, Texas A&M 0
— Kennedy grounds out to first base with the unassisted putout by Moss ending the inning. The Longhorns enjoy a one-run, one-hit frame and leave a runner stranded, taking advantage of an Aggie error to hand Gordon a two-run lead.
— Bost’s leadoff double to left immediately has a runner in scoring position for Texas A&M, but heady play by Faltine on a ground ball hit to him retires Bost at third base on a 6-5 putout. Targac reaches on a fielder’s choice, but Texas wipes out the scoring threat.
— After Claunch walks, Minnich comes through with a double off of the left-field wall. The Aggies are on the board and have a chance for a big inning with runners in scoring position and one out.
Texas 2, Texas A&M 1
— The second two-strike hit of the inning for the Aggies ties the game. Minnich trots home on a single to left by Thompson that bounces in front of Kennedy. It’s first and third with one out with Gordon up to 24 pitches thrown in the inning.
Texas 2, Texas A&M 2
— With two outs and runners in scoring position after Thompson steals second base on Gordon’s strikeout of Kaler, Werner gives the Aggies the lead with a two-run single to the gap in left. With 43 pitches thrown in the inning and 53 for the game, Gordon’s day is done after 1.2 innings. Jared Southard (4-1, 2.63) is out of the bullpen and is tasked with getting the Longhorns out of a four-run inning by the Aggies.
Texas A&M 4, Texas 2
— Southard does his job and strikes out Moss to end a four-run, four-hit inning for the Aggies. It’s officially a bullpen game with Gordon officially charged with four earned runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout in 1.2 innings. The Longhorns face a two-run deficit with Melendez, Stehly and Todd due up in the third.
— Todd keeps the inning alive with a two-out single to center. Unfortunately, he’s retired on a ground ball to short by Messinger with Kaler making a nice diving play to get the 6-4 putout and end the inning. Dallas makes quick work of the Longhorns, who will send Southard back to the mound in the home helped.
— Southard gets two quick outs, but a four-pitch walk drawn by Targac keeps the inning alive for the Aggies. The four balls in a row thrown by Southard get the Texas A&M fans into the game as the Aggies look to put together a two-out rally.
— Claunch hits one on the ground to third, but Messinger’s throw pulls Melendez off of the first-base bag. The ball gets away from Melendez and into the Texas dugout. Targac is awarded home plate with the error charged to Messinger putting another run on the board for the Aggies.
Texas A&M 5, Texas 2
— Southard strikes out Minnich to end the inning. The Longhorns have even more work to do after a walk and a Texas error led to a one-run inning for the Aggies.
— Thompson and Minnich nearly collide on a fly ball to right-center by Ardoin with Thompson dropping the ball. The Longhorns get the leadoff man on base in the fourth.
— Campbell draws a walk and just like that, Texas brings the tying run to the plate. Faltine steps into the box with two on and no outs.
— Dallas bears down and gets Faltine to fly out to right, Hodo to pop out to short and Kennedy to fly out to right-center. The Longhorns let an opportunity to get back in the game slip away as Southard heads out for the fourth.
— Southard’s fifth pitch of the inning catches Thompson’s barrel and the Aggies are immediately in business. Thompson’s leadoff double over Kennedy’s head and the wall in left field has a Texas A&M runner in scoring position.
— After a sacrifice bunt by Kaler and a strikeout by Werner, Moss comes through with a base hit to right field. Thompson strolls across the plate to extend the lead to a four-run margin for the Aggies. The RBI single by Thompson ends the afternoon for Southard with Andre Duplantier II (3-1, 5.40) is the third pitch of the day for the Longhorns.
Texas A&M 6, Texas 2
— Duplantier walks Rock before striking out Bost to get the Longhorns out of the inning. Texas has Melendez, Stehly and Todd due up with Dallas headed back to the mound for the Aggies. With the inning over, the book is closed on Southard (two innings, two hits, two runs, one earned run, one walk and three strikeouts on 37 pitches).
— Dallas’ first pitch of the inning nails Melendez. It’s unconventional, but the Longhorns get the leadoff runner on base for the second inning in a row.
— Stehly (5-4 fielder’s choice), Todd (check-swing ground ball back to the mound) and Messinger (6-3 groundout) are retired in order by Dallas. It’s the third scoreless inning in a row for Dallas and Texas has 12 outs left to go to get something going on offense.
— Targac’s leadoff single to left gets things started in the home half for the Aggies. That’s the third leadoff hit of the game for a Texas A&M offense that’s had seven through four complete.
— Claunch’s single to the gap in left puts runners on the corners with no outs. That’s it for Duplantier after 22 pitches and 0.1 innings. He’s responsible for the runners inherited by Luke Harrison (0-0, 3.24 ERA with two saves) as the freshman lefty makes his debut in the College World Series.
— It’s going from bad to worse for the Longhorns. A blooper to right by Minnich lands between Campbell and Stehly in fair territory to load the bases with no outs. Harrison walks Thompson to bring Targac home and the Aggies open up a five-run lead with the bases still loaded and no outs in the bottom of the inning.
Texas A&M 7, Texas 2
— Harrison gets Kaler to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. Claunch scores with the Longhorns trading a run for two outs with Harrison on the verge of getting out of the inning.
Texas A&M 8, Texas 2
— Werner grounds out to second to end the inning. Duplantier’s final line is two earned runs on two hits with one walk and one strikeout in 0.1 innings. Ardoin, Campbell and Faltine are due up in the sixth for the Longhorns.
— Ardoin leads off the inning with a single to left Campbell legs out a bunt single. With two on and nobody out, the Aggies make a pitching change with lefty Jacob Palisch (6-3, 2.60 ERA with five saves) out of the bullpen to relieve Dallas (five innings, six hits, two walks, three strikeouts and one hit batter), who’s responsible for the runners on base.
— Palisch strikes out Faltine and Hodo, but Mitchell Daly (.238/.349/.369) draws a pinch-hit walk. That loads the bases for Melendez with two outs.
— Palisch gets Melendez to look at strike three. A golden opportunity to get a few runs back is all for naught as the Longhorns leave the bases loaded in the sixth, leaving them down their last nine outs. Daly remains in the game at second base with Stehly going to right field and Campbell moving over to left field. Palisch striking out the side closes the book Dallas, who’s charged with two runs (one earned) on 95 pitches. Texas sends Harrison back to the mound with Moss, Rock and Bost due up for the Aggies.
— Harrison retires the heart of the Texas A&M lineup in order in the home helped. Stehly, Todd and Messinger are due up for the Longhorns in the seventh.
— A one-out single by Todd is all the Longhorns muster in the seventh, putting them six outs away from elimination. The sixth-year senior has three of the seven hits by Texas against Aggie pitching today.
— A leadoff walk to Targac and a throwing error on a pickoff attempt to first base ends Harrison’s outing after two innings and 36 pitches. Marcus Olivarez (1-0, 0.72) is the fifth pitcher of the game Texas will send to the mound.
— Olivarez strikes out Claunch and retires Minnich on a 3-1 putout at first base, advancing Targac to third base. Thompson draws a walk while his attempted steal of second base looks like it’s going to result in the third and final out of the inning, Faltine can’t handle to throw from Ardoin, allowing Targac to break for home and score to open up a seven -run lead for the Aggies.
Texas A&M 9, Texas 2
— Olivarez gets Kaler to ground out to short to end the inning. The Longhorns will try to get something going down to their last six outs.
— A two-out walk drawn by Hodo ends the afternoon for Palisch after 2.2 innings and 49 pitches. Right-hander Brad Rudis (3-0, 5.17 ERA with three saves) is out of the Aggie bullpen to face Daly.
— Rudis strikes out Daly to end the inning. The final line for Palisch includes one hit and two walks allowed with five strikeouts. The Longhorns are down their last three outs with Melendez, Stehly and Todd due up in the ninth. Zane Morehouse (3-1, 5.92) is pitcher No. 6 used by Texas today.