Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Texas Forces Deciding Game 3 At CWS

The Texas Longhorns beat LSU 5-1 Tuesday night to force a third and deciding game in the College World Series Championship Series. Collegebaseball360.com's Sean Stires has some notes from Omaha...

  • The last two teams to force game three in a CWS Championship Series have gone on to win the National Title. Fresno State did it last year, while Oregon State pulled it off in 2006.
  • The winner of bracket two at the CWS has won every championship since 2000. Texas is the bracket two representative this year.
  • Wednesday's probable starting pitchers are Anthony Ranaudo for LSU and Cole Green for Texas.
  • Russell Moldenhauer hit his fourth CWS home run Tuesday to tie the College World Series record.
  • Nine of the last 15 runs Texas has scored have come via solo home runs.
  • Coming into the College World Series, the Longhorns had 39 home runs and 96 sac bunts this season. In their five Omaha games they have 11 long balls and just eight sac bunts.
  • Texas has commited more errors than any other team at the CWS with eleven in five games (3 Tuesday). LSU committed its first two errors in Omaha Tuesday night.
  • Texas position players and pitchers have a ritual before they take the field each inning. The eight players gather in foul territory by either first or third base (depending on which dugout they're in) and then they wait for their catcher, Cameron Rupp, to get to home plate to scatter out to their positions on the diamond.
  • Speaking of Rupp, he's put together. The Plano, TX native is 6'2-235 lbs and chiseled. Think "Bull" from the '80s sitcom "Night Court".

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