Texas shows off its comeback ability again
OMAHA, Neb. – Texas’ comeback ability was again on full display on Tuesday night.
Cameron Rupp hit two homers and had four RBIs as the top-seeded Longhorns overcame an early six-run deficit for a 10-6 win over Arizona State in the College World Series.
“For the team to find a way to win,” Texas coach Augie Garrido said, “was nothing short of a miracle. It was quite a testimony to the power of their will to win and belief in each other and belief in themselves. It was rough and it was ugly, but it got done.”
Rupp started Texas’ comeback with a three-run homer off Arizona State’s Mike Leake in the fourth inning, and he hit Mitchell Lambson’s first pitch of the seventh inning over the right-field wall to give the Longhorns a 7-6 lead.
Texas (48-14-1) is in the Bracket 2 final after winning its first two games here. The Longhorns need one more win to reach next week’s best-of-three championship round.
Arizona State (50-13) and North Carolina meet Thursday, with the winner playing Texas on Friday.
In the regionals, the Longhorns came back from four runs down in the ninth inning to beat Army, then they won the longest game in NCAA history by beating Boston College in 25 innings. Texas beat TCU in the super regionals, and then beat Southern Mississippi in its CWS opener Sunday.
Down 6-0 after the third inning Tuesday, Garrido gathered his players and told them they weren’t out of it – even though they were going against the best pitcher in the country who isn’t No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State.
“We’ve scored 11 runs in an inning, eight runs in an inning. Six? We can do it,” Rupp said. “We went out and left everything that happened the first three innings behind us and went out and finished the game.”