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Monday - June 4, 2007

Game 62: Texas at Wake Forest (Austin Regional)

Texas survived the first game of the elimination round, beating Wake Forest 7-4. In 12 innings. Yes, 12. Nick Peoples was hurt badly (broken collarbone) in the first inning, though. On the play, he made a long run and diving catch to rob Dustin Hood of a double. He dove, caught the ball, fell on his shoulder, rolled a couple of times, and somehow managed to hold onto the ball despite the pain of the injury. What a tough way to end his career at Texas.

James Russell started for the Horns and went 3.2 innings. He got into a bit of trouble in the 4th. With one out and runners at 2b and 3b (the first had reached on an error by 3b and the second on a walk; both then advanced on a double steal), he struck the WF dh out on 4 pitches. Due up next, though, was Ocheltree. He'd struck out in the 2nd inning but put James through his paces...eating up 10 pitches. So, in went Joseph Krebs...for his 3rd appearance in as many games. Ocheltree flew out to cf to end the inning. On 9 pitches! He certainly got his money's worth. Joseph went 5 innings. He gave up a solo shot in the 6th. Going into the 9th, the Horns had a 4-1 lead. Joseph gave up a single and then got a couple of quick ground outs to 2b. With a runner at 3b, he gave up another single. Texas up 4-2 with two outs. So, on came Randy Boone to face the right-handed batter and shut things down. Wake Forest countered with a lefty pinch-hitter (Linnenkohl). Linnenkohl took a 2-2 pitch into the rf bullpen to tie the game up. The next batter grounded out to 1b. Extra innings. Randy stayed in the game for the 10th and 11th. He gave up singles in each inning but that was it.

We interrupt this game report to go back and go over how the offense was doing. Texas scored their first run on a solo shot by Russell Moldenhauer in the 4th. The ball landed on the walkway above the rf bullpen and bounced into the parking lot. Wow. What a shot. They scored 3 more in the 5th. Travis Tucker was hit by a pitch to start things off but was erased at 2b on a fielder's choice (Jordan Danks now at 1b). Jordan stole 2b during Kyle Russell's at-bat. Kyle ended up drawing his 3rd walk of the game in as many plate appearances. Wake Forest really didn't want to give Kyle anything to hit. Chance Wheeless then doubled down the rf line. Jordan scored on the play and Kyle moved to 3b. Wake Forest replaced pitchers and Bradley Suttle hit a single (0-2 count) through the left side (2 rbi). Russell Moldenhauer then ended the threat by grounding into a 4-6-3 double play. The Horns almost scored another in the 8th. With one out, Bradley Suttle walked and moved to 2b on a ground out. Kyle Lusson (in for the injured Nick Peoples) singled to rf. Bradley was thrown out at the plate. He looked safe to me but was called out by the home plate umpire. Texas also got a runner to 3b (with 2 outs) in the 10th but he was stranded there. In the 12th, Jordan Danks singled to start things off. He moved to 2b on a sac bunt by Kyle Russell and to 3b on a single by Chance Wheeless. Both runners scored on a double to the cf/rf gap by Bradley Suttle. Bradley then scored on a double off the rf fence by Russell Moldenhauer.

And, back to the pitching story. Up by 3, Texas sent Austin Wood (projected starter for the evening game, assuming Texas gets to the evening game) to the mound. The first batter struck out. The Wake Forest coach argued the call vehemently, saying the batter did not go around on the third strike. I have to agree with him that it was probably a bad call by the home plate umpire. But, he'd been making bad/questionable calls all day. I'm thinking they probably mostly balanced out. And, if not, the balance was surely in Wake Forest's favor. The next batter flew out to rf. The third reached on a single just out of Chais Fuller's reach at ss. Then a couple of walks to load the bases. Game winning run at the plate. Two outs. Yikes. Murray struck out swinging to end the game. Wow.

Posted by Joanna at 10:10 AM