Texas baseball advances to Super Regionals after topping Miami 10-6

Jalin Flores, Texas baseball
Jalin Flores, Texas baseball /

For the third year in a row and fourth postseason in a row, head coach David Pierce and Texas baseball are moving onto super regionals. The two-seed Texas topped the host and No. 9 Miami Hurricanes in the final of the Coral Gables Regional on the night of June 4, by the final score of 10-6.

Pierce and the Longhorns got a boost from the bats in the third inning, which saw nine runs come to the plate. That inning would ultimately be what secured the win for Texas to make it through the Coral Gables Regional with a perfect record of 3-0.

Texas did get off to a slow start in the first couple of innings of this game. A three-run home run that sophomore right-hander Tanner Witt allowed in the early innings saw Miami jump out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second.

Jalin Flores’ grand slam lifts Texas baseball past No. 9 Miami in the regional final

But Texas came up with that aforementioned big nine-run outburst in the bottom of the third inning, which was largely thanks to a grand slam from true freshman Jalin Flores. The fourth home run of the campaign for Flores was the biggest of his collegiate career to date.

That grand slam from Flores in the bottom of the third extended Texas’ lead to a commanding score of 9-3.

Texas also got valuable contributions from the likes of Peyton Powell and Garret Guillemette, who each knocked in multiple runs in the third to put up a combined four runs batted in for the Longhorns.

Although, it would ultimately be Flores’ grand slam that plated the game-winning run for the Longhorns. The grand slam from Flores extended Texas’ lead from two to six runs at that point in the game, which was enough to keep a comfortable cushion even with Miami’s late rally in the top of the seventh inning.

Miami did get three runs on the board in the top of the seventh inning, thanks to another three-run home run that the Texas pitchers allowed. This time it was Charlie Hurley that was taken yard by the Canes.

Zane Morehouse came into the game in relief of Hurley in the seventh inning. Morehouse gave the Longhorns 2.2 clutch innings on the mound to close out this game, allowing just one hit and no earned runs in the process.

Texas clearly made the absolute most of its eight hits on the night, plating a whopping 10 runs as a result. The bats came alive when the Longhorns needed them the most in regionals, as Texas more than doubled its run output in each of the prior two games in Coral Gables.

After taking down Miami for the second day in a row to move past the Coral Gables Regional, Texas will wait for the winner of the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal and the rival Texas A&M Aggies in the Stanford Regional.

If Texas A&M beats Stanford on this night, the Aggies will move on to face the Longhorns in super regionals next weekend. Meanwhile, Stanford would have to beat the Aggies twice for Texas to face the Cardinal in the Stanford Super Regional.

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Following this huge four-run regional-clinching win over Miami, Texas is sporting a record of 41-20 (15-9 Big 12). Texas has won three games in a row heading into supers after downing the Hurricanes twice and the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns once on June 2.