Texas saw their season come to an end Tuesday afternoon, falling 6-1 to #1 overall seed Florida in an elimination game at the College World Series. Facing Jackson Kowar and a pair of Florida relievers, the Longhorns combined to strike out 15 times. Texas finished the season with a 42-23 record, advancing to Omaha for the first since 2014.
Longhorns starter Blair Henley took the loss. The sophomore only lasted 2 2/3 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 4 walks. Chase Shugart took over in relief of Henley and lasted 4 1/3, surrendering 5 runs on 6 hits. Kowar won his 10th game of the season, striking out 13 batters in 6 2/3 shutout innings.
The Gators wasted no time getting the scoring started. In the top of the 1st, Deacon Liput opened the game with a 4-pitch walk and quickly advanced to third on a single by Nelson Maldonado. Jonathan India, the 5th overall pick in this year’s MLB draft, followed with a RBI single into LF to give Florida a 1-0 lead.
After four straight scoreless innings between the two teams, Florida blew the game open with a 4-run top of the 6th. Blake Reese led off the frame with a opposite field double down the RF line. After a flyout and a strikeout, Liput worked a walk to put two runners on with 2 outs. Maldonado followed with a soft line drive single up the middle, stretching the Florida lead to 2-0. India then smashed his 21st home run of the season, a 3-run shot to give the Gators a 5-0 lead. Florida would extend their lead to 6-0 in the 8th on a solo home run off the bat of Nick Horvath.
The Longhorns lone run came in the bottom of the 8th. Pinch-hitter Austin Todd and Kody Clemens opened the frame with back-to-back walks. After Zach Zubia lined out to LF, DJ Petrinsky singled up the middle, driving in Todd and cutting the deficit to 6-1.
Texas was able to get back-to-back 2 out singles by David Hamilton and Todd in the 9th, but Kody Clemens flew out to CF, ending the Longhorns season.