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Sunday - May 31, 2009

Game 57: Texas at Boston College (Austin Regional)

This is a place-holder. It's clear that I'm not going to come close to finishing the recap of last night's game before I have to go back to Disch-Falk to watch the BC/Army game. I'm just posting this to let you know that...

...yes, I'm working on a game report for Game 57. It's just taking a bit longer than usual. I'll be back. Eventually.

UPDATE (June 2nd). I'm back with the report. Have at it...

So...how to do this game justice? I don't think there's a way. Texas beat Boston College in 25 innings. TWENTY-FIVE. The game lasted (officially) 7 hours and 3 minutes. That doesn't include celebration time. And, decompression time. It was 1:04 AM on the scoreboard clock when the Horns recorded the final out. I wasn't able to even think about going to sleep for another 2 hours or so. Too wired. Too keyed up. I'm betting most of the team took longer than that to wind down. And, I'm still feeling BC's pain. I'll say it again: it's not even a little bit fair that they had to lose that game. They played a spectacular game. It's just not fair. Here's the line (cobbled together from a few shots I took over the course of the evening:

[Final line score]

Just look at that. How in the world did Texas record 20 hits and only score 3 runs? How did Texas commit 3 errors and only allow 2 runs (both earned...none of the errors led to runs)? How in the world did Texas throw 25 innings and only give up 8 hits? How? Well, here's how...

Today's starting line-ups:

Texas Boston College
1 Travis Tucker, 2b
2 Brandon Belt, dh
3 Michael Torres, 3b
4 Cameron Rupp, c
5 Brandon Loy, ss
6 Preston Clark, 1b
7 Kevin Keyes, rf
8 Connor Rowe, cf
9 David Hernandez, lf
- Chance Ruffin, p
1 Robbie Anston, cf
2 Matt Hamlet, 2b
3 Tony Sanchez, c
4 Mickey Wiswall, 3b
5 Mike Belfiore, dh
6 Barry Butera, ss
7 Andrew Lawrence, lf
8 Mike Sudol, rf
9 John Spatola, 1b
- Pat Dean, p

Here's how things played out:

Offensive numbers (going down the line-up):

  1. Tucker: 2-for-12, 2 singles, 1 rbi, 2 strikeouts, 1 stolen base
  2. Belt: 2-for-8, 2 singles, 1 sac bunt, 3 strikeouts, 3 walks, 2 stolen bases
  3. Torres: 1-for-12, 1 single, 2 strikeouts
  4. Rupp: 2-for-11, 2 singles, 6 strikeouts (wow)
  5. Loy: 2-for-9, 2 singles, 2 sac bunts, 2 strikeouts
  6. Clark: 4-for-11, 1 run scored, 3 doubles, 1 single, 2 strikeouts
  7. Keyes: 2-for-3, 1 run scored, 1 homerun, 1 double, 2 rbi, 1 strikeout
    - Moldenhauer: 0-for-0, hit by pitch
    - Kyle Lusson: 0-for-1
    - Shepherd: 0-for-1
    - Maitland: 0-for-2, 1 strikeout
    - Kevin Lusson: 0-for-0, 1 walk (intentional)
    - Etier: 0-for-2, 1 strikeout
  8. Rowe: 4-for-10, 1 run scored, 4 singles, 1 walk
  9. Hernandez: 2-for-9, 1 run scored, 2 singles, 2 sac bunts, 1 strikeout

Look at all those batters in the 7th spot. And, no other substitutions.

And, the pitchers:

And, one more time...the final line:

[Final line score]

I love how the game started with Travis Tucker hitting a lead-off single. He did not get another hit for almost 7 hours. And, that was the last hit of the game. Lovely bookends.

I wish I had time to add up more of the numbers. But, I want to get this online so I'm gonna leave it be for now. I hope to do more later. But, there are more games to come so that may not happen.

Posted by Joanna at 9:55 AM