Omaha, Neb. – Welcome to Lone Star State Sunday in Men’s College World Series. A neighborhood brawl has started in Charles Schwab Field, so maybe we should gather around to see what happens. Don’t mess with the optional Texas shirt.
Motivations are as simple as longhorns on a steer. If Texas has to go through the ordeal of winning the Elimination Game, it could be at the expense of their old friends at the college station. Who better off town than Texas A&M? For Aggie, who enjoys seeing the Longhorns Truss on the bus back to Austin.
“The animosity is real,” Texas A&M pitcher Mika Dallas will say later. “Everything has a little extra umpf behind it, especially when it’s Texas because you only see the fan base. There is so much real hatred between them. ”
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They have met 373 times before Sunday, but never in Omaha.
Here are the lineup cards. There are twenty names and 12 Texas native boys counting the early pitchers. This game is a BBQ like Texas.
Texas topped the first innings. In the first five games, the tournament has settled into a consistent routine: someone sings the national anthem, then the visiting team scores first. All five games. For the first time in the history of MCWS.
The Longhorns beat Douglas Hodo III’s RBI doubles 2-0 in the second. Somewhere in the stand is Doug Hodo, who played for the 1983 Texas National Champions. The story goes that Doug once told his kids that they could choose any college they wanted and that it would help them pay. Except Texas A&M. He returned to Omaha in 2005 to see if Texas won another championship and brought his four-year-old son with him for the experience. After the Father’s Day doubles, that little boy is now on the other foot.
At the bottom of the second, the Eggs do what they do. He likes to turn each bat into a seven-year battle, removing or fouling the pitch after the pitch, taking the opposing pitcher to the wall, and changing the game time to Gone with the Wind. So coach Jim Schlossnagel goes to an ESPN guy in the dugout before the first pitch and says, “I’m sure you’ll get paid in an hour because you’ll be here for a while.”
Poor Lucas Gordon. He threw 10 pitches in the second inning for Texas. . . Then 20. . Then 30. After 32 pitches, the game is level and there are still only two wickets left, and here comes Trevor Werner. Texas may be the land of the prize steak, but according to the school’s media guide, the A&M third baseman did not eat beef because he saw Sylvester Stallone when he was five years old by the side of a cow hanging in a meat locker in the Rocky.
The duel begins in the sun. Werner fouled on four pitches. Takes a ball. Two more fouls. It takes two more balls. Foul of another. NCAA has a budget for baseball. The temperature is in the 90’s and Gordon must have felt like he was on a treadmill in the sauna. In the end, Werner led the At-Bat 11th pitch with two runs and a 4-2 A&M lead to the left-center. This is the first major change in the entire College World Series. And that transforms the game.
Next, Werner will describe how the high salt is in the plate.
“I was telling myself one pitch at a time. Win this pitch, win this pitch, ”he says. “I do not know how to describe it. Very good at the moment, I think. You focus only on that one pitch, not the previous one or the next one. You’re sold out on the pitch you’re fighting for. “
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This is a subtle world in an eternal bat of Texas A&M crime.
Jordan Thompson says, “Great if we get hits. “If we don’t, put a lot of pitch on the pitcher. . . And give the bat to the man next to you and trust him. “
Firefighters can figure out how to get to the pitcher’s head.
“That is why our crime is so effective. We are tired of pitchers who start fighting by going deep into the tigers all year round. Go into competition mode with two strikes, “Werner said. “You can see pitchers making more mistakes and missing spots. Sometimes you will find pitchers, they will show by their body language. They will just do a kind of laziness or move their hands or hang their heads. Only then will you know that you really got it. “
So, did that happen to Longhorn?
“A little. We saw the bad, we saw the good,”
Gordon is picked up after the hit. In the second inning, he crossed 43 pitches and still did not escape the Texas A&M Rally. Arkansas’ Connor Noland needed fewer pitches than the day before to go through five innings against Stanford. Gordon has been aggrieved.
Texas coach David Pierce later said, “That’s the kind of bat you wear. “You have to push the strike zone and put pressure on them.
“Not to discredit their efforts and to discredit their fight on the home plate, but we had the opportunity to keep the kids away and we didn’t.”
While all this is going on, a lot of potato chips are being eaten at the Texas A&M dugout. Pringles is constantly being rewarded and rewarded for his good deeds in one of the more novel – and salty – traditions of the game.
Another fantastic A&M tradition comes out in the third. Longhorn pitcher Jared Southard runs Ryan Targac on four pitches. He knows what will happen next. Terrible ball five! Over five! Over five! Song from Aggie fans. Walking on four pitches flips the automatic switch.
Southard’s first pitch is outside the strike zone for the next better Troy Clunch. Ball Six! Ball Six! Ball Six! The next pitch is the same. Over seven! Over seven! Over seven!
There are only two ways to stop this; Rain late or throw a strike. And there are no clouds in the sky. But Southard’s next pitch is beyond. Mantra chanting decreases, though now. Omaha’s Texas goes two-step ahead.
Then comes Texas Sixth Final Crossroads. Base load, two outs, ahead of the Eagles 8-2 and Evan Melendez at the plate, as the most terrifying hitter in a college game. He leads the country in homers and RBI and with one swing he can make the game again.
He is facing Jacob Palish, who was playing for Stanford in Omaha last year. Melendez is in El Paso, Polish, just outside of Dallas. Texan vs. Texan at the last critical moment of this All-Texas game.
Melandez wins the polish with a fastball looking for the third strike he called.
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The game finally ends 10-2 after four hours, another setback in the College World Series that has so far been empty of closed games. The Longhorns are the first team to be eliminated, and the week has not been fun for Melandez, who has not had a single and RBI in two games. Texas went 14-for-2 Sunday and 19-for-3 for the week, with runners in scoring position. Longhorn is a reason to go home.
The Aggies moved on, finally winning their first CWS game since 1993, losing nine games in a row. To end that disappointment against Texas, beating Longhorn for the fourth time in a row? Priceless Schlossnagle is a Texas man, but this is his first season in A&M so he looks at it with a more depressed look.
“It simply came to our notice then. Instead, I want to win the national title, ”he says. “I don’t want to downplay it, but I think it’s more for the fans than the players and the coaches. If we engage in this kind of thinking process, our mindset will be different in one game than in another.
“But yeah, I got it. It’s funny. It’s fun to hear the fans go back and forth. That’s fine. “
Especially his team. Pringles, who?