With the season on the line, Parker French made sure the Texas Longhorns baseball team lived to play another day.
French pitched 7.1 innings of one run baseball while Texas hitters found ways to manufacture runs in a 4-1 win over the Louisville Cardinals.
Texas (44-20) will play Wednesday against the loser of the UC-Irvine/Vanderbilt game.
The junior from Dripping Springs gave up four hits and three walks while shutting down a Cardinal offense that came in to the game with a .287 team batting average and 416 runs scored. Travis Duke pitched the last 1.2 innings for his first save.
Ben Johnson got the Longhorns on the scoreboard first with a sacrifice fly to score Zane Gurwitz in the third inning. In the fourth, Texas added another run with a little help from the Louisville defense.
CJ Hinojosa and Colin Shaw singled. Madison Carter moved the runners over with a sacrifice. Kacy Clemens hit a ground ball that was misplayed by Cardinal shortstop Sutton Whiting, scoring Hinojosa and increasing the lead to 2-0.
Texas would add insurance runs in the fifth and ninth innings. Mark Payton worked a one-out walk in the fifth and came around to score when Louisville second baseman Zach Lucas threw away a double play ball for an error. In the ninth, Carter scored on a Brooks Marlow sacrifice fly. The inning was kept alive by the fourth Cardinal error of the game.
Collin Shaw finished 2-4. He leads the team with four hits in the College World Series.