Baseball beats TCU, 5-2, to earn College World Series berth
June 8, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Freshman Taylor Jungmann allowed two hits over six innings Monday night and top-seeded Texas earned its first trip to the College World Series since 2005 with a 5-2 win over TCU.
Kevin Keyes homered in the first inning for the Longhorns (46-14-1), who have won six national championships. Jungmann struck out five and walked one in picking up his eighth win of the season before being replaced by Austin Wood in the bottom of the seventh.
Texas led 3-0 after the first inning behind an RBI triple by Brandon Belt and Keyes' solo shot.
Texas scored two more runs in the fourth. Keyes led off the inning with a double and scored on Cameron Rupp's double off Horned Frogs reliever Eric Marshall.
Wood, who pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings in relief in Texas' 25-inning 3-2 win over Boston College a week earlier, came in with a 5-0 lead and gave up two runs before he was pulled for Chance Ruffin with one out in the ninth.
Tyler Lockwood took the loss for TCU (40-18), which had forced a third game of the Austin Super Regional with a 3-2 win Sunday.
The Longhorns earned their 33rd trip to the College World Series.
Texas batters swung freely early to give the freshman right-hander a big lead.
Michael Torres opened the first with a single and scored when Belt smashed a long shot to deep center that hit the wall near the 400-foot marker. Belt scored on a fielder's choice before Keyes blasted his seventh home run of the season. Horned Frogs left fielder Jason Coats knew the ball was gone as soon as it left the bat and hardly moved from his spot as he watched it clear the wall.
After allowing a two-out walk in the first, Jungmann retired the next nine TCU batters.
Jungmann got himself out of his only jam in the sixth inning.
A single and hit batter put two runners on with no outs. But Jungmann got the next two hitters to ground right back to the mound. The first he threw to third for the first out of the inning. The second started a double play that ended it.
TCU finally scored off Wood in the top of the eighth. Pinch hitter Hunt Woodruff doubled and scored on Coret Steglich's single to center. The Horned Frogs added another in the ninth when Matt Vern tripled off Wood and scored on Bryan Holaday's single that sent Wood to the bench.
Ruffin replaced Wood with one out in the ninth and picked up his second save.