It’s been a long time in coming, but Texas baseball finally is headed back to the Super Regionals.
The Longhorns nailed down their 10th Super Regionals bid Sunday night with a gritty 3-2 triumph over Indiana.
Texas streaked to three consecutive victories in the Austin Regional, finishing up by holding on in the ninth inning against the Hoosiers.
Indiana loaded the bases with one out against relief pitcher Andy McGuire.
But Texas right-hander Chase Shugart was ready when needed. Shugart, who started and won the first tournament game on Friday, enabled Texas to escape the jam by striking out the game’s final two hitters.
Texas gets a big performance from another Clemens
Texas got the game-winning hit from Austin Regional Most Valuable Player Kody Clemens. The son of the iconic former Longhorns pitcher Roger Clemens ripped a 3-2 pitch to right field for a run-scoring double. The two-out, seventh-inning clutch hit ended up being the difference in the victory.
The late Texas rally gave the win to starter Blake Henley (6-6), who went a season-best 7⅓ innings. Henley allowed 6 hits, striking out 8 and walking none.
The victory will send the Longhorns (40-20) against the winner of the Oxford Regional. Ole Miss and Tennessee Tech will meet Monday at 1 p.m. ET for a shot at the Longhorns.
The victory sends Texas coach David Pierce to the Super Regionals for the first time as a head coach.
Texas is going for its seventh national championship and its first since 2005.