OMAHA, Neb. — Ivan Melendez and Zach Zubia lastly broke out offensively, and simply in time to maintain Texas alive within the Faculty World Sequence.
Melendez doubled and scored the Longhorns’ first run, and he hit the tiebreaking single within the eighth inning to assist Texas eradicate Virginia with a 6-2 victory in a weather-delayed recreation that ended early Friday.
“As you guys noticed the previous few weeks, I used to be slumping it,” mentioned Melendez, who entered the sport 3 for his final 19. “I hit one to the warning monitor in opposition to Mississippi State and one other in opposition to Tennessee and I have been drawing a number of walks. I used to be hitting the ball exhausting, in order that was a begin.”
Zubia was 3 for his final 29 when he stepped to the plate within the ninth, and he broke open a one-run recreation with a bases-clearing double into the left-center hole. He had struck out twice and grounded out in his first three at-bats.
“Trusting your self and your work — I feel I confirmed that in my final at-bat,” Zubia mentioned. “The primary three weren’t the outcomes any of us wished. I used to be nonetheless grinding away and holding my head down and taking every at-bat as new.”
The No. 2 nationwide seed Longhorns (49-16) received their second elimination recreation to succeed in the Bracket 2 closing. They will play Mississippi State and must win Friday night time and once more Saturday to advance to the best-of-three finals subsequent week.
Mike Antico singled and stole second earlier than Melendez ripped a grounder up the center to interrupt a 2-2 tie within the high of the eighth, and the Longhorns received an inning-ending double play within the backside half to show again a risk by Virginia.
Zubia gave Texas a cushion along with his two-out double. It appeared as if Virginia would possibly hold it a 3-2 recreation when shortstop Nic Kent saved a run by choosing up a deflected ball and making an off-balance throw to get Douglas Hodo III on the plate on an in depth play upheld on video assessment.
“Big blow by Zach proper there after an awesome play by their shortstop,” Texas coach David Pierce mentioned. “That is what they have been doing. They like competing. They hold going. That is the wonder about this group.”
The loss ended a formidable postseason run for the Cavaliers (36-27), who made the NCAA event as a No. 3 regional seed and had been taking part in their seventh elimination recreation.
“That is as particular a group on this uniform at this college. … What they persevered by means of and the resiliency within the final two weeks was outstanding,” Cavs coach Brian O’Connor mentioned. “All of the groups we’ve got at Virginia are particular in their very own method, however this one is on the high.”
Virginia had tied it within the fifth on Chris Newell’s second homer in two video games and fifth of the season. It was the four-hundredth dwelling run of the nationwide event, essentially the most because it expanded to 64 groups in 1999.
The Cavs might need been capable of take the lead within the sixth had it not been for Texas left-handed starter Pete Hansen flattening Kent’s line shot up the center with one out. Kyle Teel was operating from second on the play and was thrown out at third when the ball deflected off Hansen’s glove to shortstop Trey Faltine.
Hansen left after that play, having gone 5⅔ innings in his shortest begin since March 30. The redshirt freshman was largely efficient, permitting two runs on 5 hits. He walked two and struck out six.
Cole Quintanilla (5-0) pitched 1⅔ innings and received the win, and Aaron Nixon went 1⅔ innings for his ninth save. Matt Wyatt (4-2) took the loss after relieving Mike Vasil.
Vasil pitched seven innings to match his profession excessive. He allowed two runs — one earned — and 4 hits with a stroll. He struck out eight.
It was the third straight sturdy begin for the Cavs on the CWS. Andrew Abbott pitched six innings in a 6-0 win over Tennessee on Sunday, and Griff McGarry took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in what turned out to be a 6-5 loss to Mississippi State on Tuesday.
The sport began 3 hours, 39 minutes late due to rain and lightning. The 9:45 p.m. CDT first pitch was the newest on the CWS since an LSU-Alabama recreation on June 7, 1997, began at 11:40 p.m.
“We’re not going away,” Pierce mentioned. “This group is resilient. They are often ugly at instances and play unbelievable protection and pitch and are opportunistic offensively.”