A decent showing in the Houston Regional would have made most Texas fans feel pretty good about this baseball team's postseason performance, heading into a 2015 with many of these same guys but with an extra year of experience. But the Longhorns went ahead and won the regional, and we thought even getting to play in the Super Regional round was gravy.
But after yesterday's 4-2 win, every Longhorn fan smelled blood in the water. One more win, and Texas would earn a berth to its 35th College World Series. A young team with a pitching staff peaking at the right time, which is used to playing at a ballpark where not many balls leave the yard, was on the verge of getting to play for a national title at long-ball graveyard TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
Parker French, who started on Fridays for most of the season, had the ball. He didn't have his very best stuff, but he battled out of several jams early until Texas took advantage of an opportunity provided by the Coogs. In the bottom of the fourth, the UH left fielder dropped a catchable ball that went for two bases. A walk and an incredible bunt single by Tres Barrera loaded the bases, and CJ Hinojosa provided a clutch single for a pair of RBI. A sac fly and a Kacy Clemens RBI single gave Texas a 4-0 lead, and that was the end of the scoring.
Houston would threaten a couple more times, but never got a runner across the plate against French or the bullpen. Texas 4. Houston 0. Next stop, Omaha.
If the question is whether Augie Garrido can get Texas baseball back to where it belongs the answer is: he just did. This...is your celebration thread.