Baseball edged, 4-3, by Long Beach State to force decisive final regional game – TexasSports.com
LONG BEACH, Calif.âAlthough it rallied back to tie the ballgame twice, Texas Baseball fell, 4-3, to Long Beach State on Sunday night in the Long Beach Regional at Blair Field. With the loss, the Longhorns (39-23) and Dirtbags (40-18-1) will now play on Monday night at 10 p.m. CT, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Super Regional.
Texas got a solid start out of right-hander Kyle Johnston, who battled through seven innings of work and allowed three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four.Â
Long Beach State plated runs in the second and fifth innings before Texas could strike. In the Texas fifth, Bret Boswell doubled with one out to give the Longhorns a runner in scoring position. Â Ryan Reynolds was then hit with a pitch before Michael Cantu singled up the middle to score Boswell and make it 2-1. David Hamilton followed with a bunt single to load the bases and, with two outs, Zane Gurwitz ripped a single through the left side to score Reynolds to tie it before Cantu was called out at the plate to end the inning.
The Dirtbags regained the lead in the top of the sixth but Texas quickly responded in the home half. After Travis Jones walked and Kacy Clemens singled, Boswell hit a one-out RBI groundout to make it 3-3 and tie it once again.Â
The decisive run came in the eighth frame off reliever Blair Henley. Henley struck out the first batter he faced but the Dirtbag reached on a dropped third strike. A stolen base and a two-out single put Long Beach State back out in front, 4-3.
The Longhorns managed a pair of base runners over the next two innings but they could not score the tying run.