OMAHA, Neb. – Augie Garrido’s Texas baseball teams are always built on pitching and defense, and the Longhorns sure are showing it at the College World Series.
Nathan Thornhill and John Curtiss combined for Texas’ second straight shutout, and the Longhorns forced a second-bracket final against Vanderbilt with a 4-0 victory Friday.
The Longhorns (46-20) and Commodores (48-20) will meet again today, with the winner advancing to the best-of-three finals against Virginia or Mississippi. Those teams played a bracket final Friday night.
For the second game in a row, Texas pitchers didn’t allow a runner past second base.
The Longhorns have held opponents scoreless 19 straight innings and have given up four runs in their four games in Omaha.
Thornhill left after the eighth inning, having thrown 131 pitches on an 88-degree afternoon against a Vanderbilt team that was set on going deep into counts.
It was a dominating performance, Garrido said. I do think they were trying to run his pitch count up because of the heat to get him out of the game.
VIRGINIA-OLE MISS suspended: In Omaha, Neb., the game between Virginia and Mississippi was suspended after a 93-minute lightning and rain delay at TD Ameritrade Park.
The game, tied 0-0, will resume at 3 p.m. today with Virginia batting in the top of the second inning.