There will be baseball played tomorrow in Greenville as Texas has forced a winner-take-all game three against East Carolina. The Longhorns trailed 7-2 heading into the seventh inning before a miraculous comeback started off the bat of Douglas Hodo.
The Texas centerfielder launched a two-run home run over the right field wall to cut the Pirates’ lead to 7-4.
More fireworks came in the bottom half of the eighth inning. Back-to-back singles from Murphy Stehly and Austin Todd put runners on the corners for Skyler Messinger.
Messinger flipped the script of the ballgame as he sent a three-run bomb to right to tie the ballgame.
That was not all for Texas in the frame. Dylan Campell would provide Texas the lead with a solo shot of his own against ECU’s top arm Carter Spivey.
East Carolina would not go away in the ninth. Down to their last out, Jacob Starling smoked a ball just inside the left field foul pole to tie the game yet again. All the momentum and energy went to the ECU side.
Texas stayed calm and composed in the bottom half of the ninth. Ivan Melendez smiled as he led off the inning with a single, followed by a couple of walks to load the bases with two outs.
Dylan Campbell hit a two-strike pitch off the right field wall to walk off the Pirates and send this series to three games. The winner of Sunday’s affair will clinch a ticket to the College World Series.