Longhorns advance to College World Series

MARK ROSNER Associated Press Published:

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- C.J Hinojosa drove in two runs and Parker French pitched six scoreless innings as Texas beat Houston 4-0 Saturday to win an NCAA super regional and advance to the College World Series.

Texas (43-19) is headed to Omaha for the 35th time, more than any other school, after missing the NCAA tournament altogether the previous two years. The Longhorns' last trip to the CWS was in 2011.

The Longhorns will face the winner of the super regional between Oklahoma State and California-Irvine, which the Anteaters lead 1-0. The first game in Omaha would be on June 14.

Texas coach Augie Garrido figured he had enough talent to restore the program, but wasn't sure if they'd reach the CWS.

Texas has won the World Series six times, including twice under Garrido -- most recently in 2005.

Still, the Longhorns needed some redemption for their program.

The 75-year-old Garrido has won 1,917 games, more than any collegiate baseball coach, in 46 seasons -- the last 18 at Texas.

However, Texas did not receive a bid to the tournament the past two seasons, the first time the Longhorns had been left out since 1997 and 1998 -- Garrido's first two seasons as coach. They finished last in the Big 12 in 2013, failing to qualify even for the league's tournament.

TCU 3, PEPPERDINE 2

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Derek Odell had a two-run single, ace Brandon Finnegan took a shutout into the seventh inning and TCU beat Pepperdine 3-2 Saturday in the first super regional game at home for the Horned Frogs.

TCU closer Riley Ferrell pitched 1 2/3 innings for his 15th save. He struck out the side in the ninth to put the Horned Frogs (46-15), the No. 7 national seed, in front in the best-of-3 series. They will try to secure their second trip to the College World Series on Sunday.

STANFORD 5, VANDERBILT 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Wayne Taylor hit a game-ending home run to the right-field stands in the ninth inning, lifting Stanford to a 5-4 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday and forcing a deciding third game.

Vanderbilt (45-19) tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the ninth when Stanford reliever A.J. Vanegas hit Xavier Turner with the bases loaded in a rally started when Dansby Swanson reached first on a wild pitch after striking out. But Rhett Wiseman grounded out to second, leaving the bases loaded.

TEXAS TECH 1,

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 0

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Chris Sadberry struck out a career-high eight Saturday, and Texas Tech held off the College of Charleston 1-0 in the opener of an NCAA super regional.

Sadberry worked a career-best eight innings as the Red Raiders (44-19) improved to 32-4 at home and took the lead in the best-of-three series.

Texas Tech twice threw out Glazer at the plate -- on a fielder's choice by shortstop Tim Proudfoot in the third and by Sadberry on an infield chopper in the eighth.

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