In an ominous start to the Texas-Vanderbilt winner-take-all game, Parker French was shaky early on. Despite being nails throughout the post season, the right hander was all over the place, given up a first inning run before getting out of the jam. He was pulled after 2 innings for reliever Morgan Cooper, who limited the damage and gave 4.2 strong innings of work. The freshman stepped up in a big way, and would have etched his name in the history books for giving Texas a chance in this one.
The game was tied 3-3 late, and went to extra innings after Travis Duke and John Curtiss combined to shut Vandy down in the last few innings. A strong drive by CJ Hinojosa looked to give Texas a base runner in scoring position in the 10th, but a hell of a snag by the Vandy right fielder crushed that hope, and really took the wind out of Texas's bats.
In the bottom of the 10th, with John Curtiss already well past his usual outting, a walk and a HBP following a single loaded the bases, and a slow infield single was a tough play for CJ Hinojosa, who couldn't make the play. Vandy walked off with a 4-3 win to head to the championship series against Virginia.
It was a hell of a ride for Texas, who struggled late in the season before catching fire in the postseason. We'll wait to see what the decisions are for signees and underclassmen following the draft, but a young nucleus of Barrera, Gurwitz, Clemens, and Cooper all had tremendous games for Texas in the series finale. And now on to the long offseason. Texas baseball, thanks for the show.
The guys will be around with a proper write-up of the CWS. This is your commiseration thread. Hook 'em.