I'll be honest, I wrote this post memorializing the 2015 Texas baseball season sometime around when Oklahoma State took a 2-1 lead late in the Big 12 Tournament championship game. Texas was on the verge of losing its fourth straight to Oklahoma State and missing the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years. It was not a very positive post.
But then Oklahoma State opened the door and Texas took full advantage. Three Cowboy errors in the top of the 8th led to five Texas runs and a 6-2 lead. Senior Parker French was called on to pitch for the second time in the tournament and Oklahoma State loaded the bases with nobody out on him. Senior Kirby Bellow, a guy who was such an afterthought he wasn't included in any of our season previews, was called on to get the final six out of the games and he responded gorgeously.
Bellow gave up a run on a bloop single but got a strikeout and gigantic 5-4-3 double play which ended Oklahoma State's last real threat of the game.
The unsung play of the game for me was made by junior SS CJ Hinojosa in the 7th inning. Oklahoma State had runners at second and third with one away and the game tied. The Cowboy hitter chopped a ball to Hinojosa who had no play at the plate so instead he barehanded the ball and threw a strike to first. Hinojosa took the relative sure out rather than panicking and trying to get the desperate out. Texas got out of the inning with no more damage and responded with five runs.
Texas didn't win a national championship in Tulsa and still has all the pimples they had this morning, but making the NCAA tournament feels a lot better than not making it. The Horns are experienced and have a pitching staff in French, Mayes, Culbreth and Johnston that is suddenly clicking on all cylinders for the first time all year.
Texas will be a tough out no matter where they're sent which is really all we can ask for from the Horns.
Texas will learn its postseason fate next week and we will have much more coverage of this team.
For now this is your celebration thread. Hook 'em.