The Texas Longhorns got some revenge on UC Irvine for beating them in the opening game of the 2014 College World Series. Texas won one when it really mattered, in tonight’s elimination game.
Texas stayed alive in the double elimination tournament by beating Lousiville 4-1 on Monday afternoon. Irvine lost in their winner’s bracket game against Vanderbilt on Monday night 6-4, setting up a rematch with the Longhorns.
Irvine becomes the third of the eight teams to be eliminated, following Louisville and Texas Tech.
Longhorn sophomore starter Chad Hollingsworth was brilliant tonight, giving up just four hits in 8.1 innings pitched while striking out five. This was just Hollingsworth’s second start of the year, and it was the worst of the two if you can believe that. His first start came in the Houston regional against Texas A&M. He threw a two hit shutout against the Aggies to advance Texas to the Super Regionals.
Hollingsworth is now 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA on the season.
Sophomore Travis Duke relieved Hollingsworth with one out and a runner on first in the ninth inning. He recorded the last two outs for his second save of the year.
Irvine starter Evan Manarino matched zeroes with Hollingsworth through six innings. Texas infielder C.J. Hinojosa led off the seventh inning with a solo home run to left. That was all the run support that Hollingsworth would need.
Texas will now advance to play Vanderbilt on Friday afternoon. If the Longhorns win that game, they will have another tilt with Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon, with the winner advancing to the Championship Series.