Pitch-by-committee approach lifts Baseball to CWS
The Longhorns have advanced to their 34th NCAA Men’s College World Series with the depth of their pitching staff.
AUSTIN, Texas – The term bullpen seems rather appropriate for this bunch of Texas Longhorns. Every time Skip Johnson opens the gate, out races another steed, ready to hurl and heave until his round is up.
Head coach Augie Garrido calls his pitching staff ”absolutely the cornerstone of the team.”
And to be sure, the Longhorns advanced to the program’s 34th NCAA College World Series riding the collective shoulder of its pitching unit — in five regional and super regional victories, UT never used fewer than four throwers.
Arizona State became the latest offense suffocated by depth after the Sun Devils opened the best-of-three super regional series with a 3-1 win.
In victories against the Sun Devils on Saturday and Sunday, UT starters Cole Green and Sam Stafford combined to pitch nine innings, allowing three runs and giving up 10 hits, but the tag-team relief effort resulted in only four hits, just one walk and zero runs.
With plenty of right- and left-handed options, Johnson played to matchups, and his pitchers executed to perfection.
“It makes it tough on an offense when they continue to bring in different arms and different looks,” Arizona State coach Tim Esmay said. “That’s a good thing to have in your bullpen.”
All-American Taylor Jungmann’s undefeated regular season highlighted a pitching staff that is touted as the best in the nation. But this postseason has necessitated the Longhorns to showcase their superlative talent from top to bottom.
After Jungmann suffered his first loss of the season to Kent State on June 4, the Longhorns responded like they have most of the season when in a crisis situation. They tapped on the shoulder of lanky Hoby Milner.
“I’m the one nobody wants to see,” Milner said. “I usually come in when it’s a pretty bad clean up.”
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