Heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Texas Longhorns trailed 3-1 to visiting Missouri in the rubber match. But the Horns put together a rally, scoring three runs to win the game and their first series in Big 12 play.
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How Texas won
A huge rally in the ninth.
Texas had barely put a dent in Missouri starter Nick Tepesch for most of the game Sunday, who looked like he was going to be the second Tiger pitcher in as many days to go the distance after Nick Gibson held the Horns scoreless in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Tepesch had the Tigers up 3-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, but that was when Texas began its rally. Pinch hitter Kevin Keyes provided the first run, knocking home Connor Rowe with an RBI double. Then with one out, Travis Tucker singled to right field to score Jordan Etier and tie up the game. The next batter was designated hitter Michael Torres, but Torres lined out to Missouri short stop Michael Libarto. Libarto attempted to end the game by going for the double play, but his wild throw to first allowed pinch runner Morgan Mickan to score from third and get the win for Texas.
MVP on the mound – Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas
An honorable mention definitely goes to Tepesch, who finished with a solid line of eight innings pitched, seven hits, two earned runs, three walks and four strike outs, but it was the six-foot-six freshman right-hander Jungmann who powered Texas to the win on the mound.
Texas starter Cole Green left after the fifth inning with the Horns down 3-1 and Jungmann came on and completely shut down the Tiger offense, surrendering zero hits in his four innings on the mound, only walking two and striking out four.
MVP at the plate – Tant Shepherd, LF, Texas
In a light day at the plate overall, the only player in the Texas lineup to get more than one hit was Shepherd, who got a hit in each of his two official at-bats and was the first Longhorn to get on base in the ninth when he was hit by Tepesch’s 1-1 pitch. Honorable mention goes to Texas’ Tucker and Keyes for their ninth-inning RBI and Missouri’s Aaron Senne, who went 2-2, drew two walks and knocked in two of the Tigers’ three runs.
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Texas next plays at Rice on Tuesday. First pitch in Houston is set for 7:00 p.m.