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NCAA Baseball Regionals: Texas Beats Kent State Twice To Advance To Super Regional

Texas, Rice, TCU and Texas A&M all host regionals in the 2011 NCAA college baseball tournament.

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NCAA Super Regional Schedule: Longhorns Start Friday

With the close of the regional round, dates and start times for the Super Regional round of the 2011 NCAA baseball tournament have been set. The Texas Longhorns and Arizona State Sun Devils are scheduled to start Friday in Austin with Game 1 at 6:00 CDT. Game 2 will be Saturday at 6:00. Game 3, if necessary, will be Monday at a time to be determined.

The Longhorns could have used a Saturday start for their series, after using all four starters twice in their five regional round games, including Game 1 starter Same Stafford throwing 171 pitches. Arizona State went 3-0, so their staff will be well rested.

Dallas Baptist will travel to Santa Clara to take on California in their super regional. The Patriots and Bears will play Game 1 Saturday at 7:00 CDT and Game 2 Sunday at 9:00. Cal and DBU were both three seeds in their regionals. They are two of just six non-#1 seeds to advance to the super regional round.

See the full bracket here.

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NCAA Baseball Regional Scores: Texas A&M Shuts Out Arizona To Win Trip To Super Regional

Aggie pitching came through Tuesday as Texas A&M shut out Arizona 3-0 to earn their way to the 16-team super regional round of the NCAA baseball tournament. Michael Wacha got the start and threw seven dominant innings, allowing five hits and no walks. Nick Fleece and Ross Stripling finished the job for A&M, throwing the final two innings and facing just two above the minimum.

Leadoff man Tyler Naquin singled, doubled and walked for the Aggies, and Jacob House doubled in two runs in a three-run eighth inning rally that finally ended the scoreless standoff.

The Aggies will move on to face national #5 seed Florida State in Tallahassee in the super regional round next weekend. Game 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 CDT, and Game 2 will be Sunday at 3:00. Game 3 will be Monday if necessary. The Seminoles advanced in their regional by winning three straight games.

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NCAA Baseball Regional Scores: Dallas Baptist Patriots Advance To Super Regionals After Beating Oral Roberts

In one of the more unlikely NCAA Baseball Regional matchups, the Dallas Baptist Patriots defeated the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 11-9 to advance to the Super Regionals. 

The Patriots jumped on the board early, scoring eight times in the first inning, with eight runs (though only five earned) being charged to Oral Roberts' starter, Alex Gonzalez. Despite being staked to such a lead, Dallas Baptist starter Jordan Staples couldn't record an out in the bottom half of the frame, exiting after giving up two hits and two walks - all runners would score, and the Golden Eagles had cut the Patriots' lead to 8-4.

The Patriots, though, would add three more runs in the third inning, boosting their lead to 11-4. Oral Roberts would chip away, scoring two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings before adding one more in the seventh, but never drew closer after that, losing 11-9 to Dallas Baptist.

The Patriots will now face the California Golden Bears in the Super Regionals, with Game 1 of a three game series being held on Saturday. 

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NCAA Baseball Regional Scores: Cal Eliminates Baylor After Ninth Inning Collapse

The Baylor Bears will not be headed to the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals. Baylor was eliminated by California on Monday night, losing 9-8. 

Baylor held a 8-5 lead headed into the ninth inning, but the wheels fell completely off the wagon. The ninth started off with a single and an error, bringing the tying run to the plate almost immediately against Logan Verrett, who had come on in relief. After a fielders choice brought the score to 8-6, Verrett hit the Golden Bears' leadoff man, Austin Booker.

A single then brought the score to 8-7 before Verrett issued a walk on just four pitches, putting the winning run in scoring position. Verrett would get the next batter to go down on strikes, but unfortunately, Devon Rodriguez singled, plating both the tying and the go-ahead runs, sending the Golden Bears to the Super Regionals. 

Verrett is unfortunately charged with the loss, giving up just one earned run. Jon Ringenberg started for Baylor, lasting just two and third innings before exiting, having just given up one run on three hits. Max Garner came in in relief of Rigenberg, pitching five and a third innings, giving up four runs (all earned) on seven hits.

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NCAA Baseball Regional Scores: Texas Survives Kent State, Will Face Arizona State In Super Regional

After losing to Kent State ace Andrew Chafin Saturday, the Texas Longhorns had to take the hard route to win their Austin Regional. They had to beat two seed Texas State Sunday, then beat Kent State Sunday night and again Monday despite a pitching disadvantage. Consider that mission accomplished.

Texas shut out Kent State Monday behind a parade of six pitchers, including every previous starter in their regional games. Sam Stafford bounced back from his Friday start to throw 3.2 strong innings, Taylor Jungman and Cole Green each pitched an inning, and Hoby Milner threw another scoreless 1.1. Relievers Kendal Carrillo and Corey Knebel added an inning each, and it was a five-hit, 137-pitch collective masterpiece that gave national seven seed Texas their ticket to the super regional round of 16.

Texas was led by cleanup man Erich Weiss with a pair of hits and his 42nd RBI. Mark Payton also had two singles for Texas, who chipped away at Ryan Mace and a trio of relievers for ten hits and three walks in eight innings.

Texas moves on to a super regional that will take place next weekend against Arizona State, the winner of the Tempe regional. The next three days should be a nice rest for their pitching staff.

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2011 NCAA Baseball Regionals: Longhorns, Aggies Join Baylor, Dallas Baptist In Fight To Make Super Regionals

Four of today's winner-take-all matchups with trips to super regionals at stake involve Texas teams. In today's early game, the Texas Longhorns attempt to beat Kent State one more time. Both teams have to reach deeper on their pitching staffs, with Texas playing one more game. Reports are that Ryan Mace will pitch for Kent State. Texas is expected to use a committee, with much of their staff already having pitched (h/t to BON):

Number of pitches:
Stafford 108 Fri
Jungmann 85 Sat
Green 103 Sun
Thornhil 7 Fri, 63 Sun
Milner 9 Fri, 47 Sun
McKirahan 20 Sat, 12 Sun
Carrillo 12 Sat, 15 Sun
Knebel 17 Fri, 10 Sun

The winner of that game will pair off against Arizona State, who has already won their regional by cruising through 3-0, in the super regional next weekend. You can track the game here and watch it here

At 6:00 CDT, second seeded Baylor will take on third seed California in the Houston Regional final after Cal shout out the Bears 8-0 last night. The winner of that game will take on the winner of third seed Dallas Baptist and fourth seed Oral Roberts from the Fort Worth regional. Oral Roberts topped DBU 7-2 yesterday to force the replay. 

Texas A&M fell 7-4 to Arizona as well, forcing the rematch in the College Station regional final. They will pair off at 6:35 CDT. That winner will meet the Florida State-Alabama winner, though the Seminoles appear likely to advance. 

See the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here

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NCAA Baseball Regionals: Longhorns Force Monday Replay With Kent State With 9-3 Win

The Longhorns dug themselves a hole Saturday with their 7-5 loss to Kent State, but a big Sunday put them back into position to win their regional. A walk-off 5-3 win over Texas State earlier in the day set up a first rematch with Kent State, and the Longhorns forced a final showdown with a 9-3 win Sunday night.

Texas used Hoby Milner as their fourth starter but went to Nathan Thornhill after 2.2 innings. The tandem combined for 6.1 innings and held the Flashes to three runs while striking out ten. Texas got to starter David Starn, who finished the regular season with a 1.95 ERA, for six run (four earned) in six innings, then added three more on Casey Wilson.

Andrew Mckirahan and Kendal Carillo finished the job for Texas with a scoreless 2.2 innings. Kevin Lusson followed his walk-off double earlier in the day with a three-run home run.

Texas and Kent State will face off again Monday at 1:00 to decide the Aystub Regional winner.

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NCAA Baseball Regionals: Longhorns Top Texas State To Stay Alive, Will Get Kent State Rematch

The Texas Longhorns survived the afternoon, topping Texas State 5-3 on a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth by Kevin Lusson. The Longhorns will move on to play Kent State later today.

Texas State jumped out to a lead in the fourth with a two-run shot by Kyle Kubitza off of Horns starter Cole Green. Texas responded with one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead. Meanwhile, Green was terrific aside from the homer, allowing just those two runs on four hits in eight innings. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.

Augie Garrido brought out Corey Knebel for the ninth, but the Bobcats small-balled their way to a tying run. In the bottom half, Tim Maitland led off with a bunt single for Texas and was sacrificed over by Brandon Loy. Erich Weiss was intentionally walked, and Texas State went to their ace Carson Smith, even though Smith had just thrown 124 pitches on Friday.

Smith walked Paul Montalbano to load the bases with one out, bringing up Kevin Lusson. Lusson slammed a one-hopper over the right field fence for just his sixth extra base hit of the season. Two runs were forced in, and Texas survived a close call from their regional rivals.

The Longhorns move on to play Kent State at 6:30 this evening, as Hoby Milner will face off against David Starn. You can watch the game live here. If Texas wins again, the two will rematch Monday at 1:00 for a trip to the super regionals.

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NCAA Baseball Regionals: TCU Vs. Oral Roberts

The TCU Horned Frogs made their first ever trip to the College World Series last year. This year, they find themselves one loss away in the NCAA Baseball Regionals from being eliminated altogether. 

TCU's loss to Dallas Baptist on Saturday night has put the Horned Frogs in a difficult position as the Horned Frogs must now pick up two wins on Sunday or else they'll be eliminated from the tournament before the Super Regionals even get underway. 

The Horned Frogs, though, will be facing a familiar foe - Oral Roberts. TCU blasted Oral Roberts on Friday in the opening round of the regionals, winning with ease 10-2. Should the Horned Frogs have success once again against Oral Roberts, they'll face Dallas Baptist again on Sunday night. A loss, though, and Oral Roberts will be the school advancing to take on Dallas Baptist. 

First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT, with coverage being found on ESPN3.com.

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NCAA Baseball Regionals: Texas Vs. Texas State

The Texas Longhorns find themselves in a position they didn't want to be in as hosts of the NCAA Baseball Regionals: an elimination game. A loss on Saturday night to Kent State has put the Longhorns in a must-win position against Texas State on Sunday. 

Texas fell 7-5 on Saturday, despite having ace Taylor Jungmann on the mound. Jungmann was roughed up, allowing seven runs in five and two thirds innings of work. Texas trailed 7-2 until the ninth inning where the Longhorns' comeback attempt was thwarted and they eventually lost 7-5.

Texas State, meanwhile, defeated Princeton and eliminated them from the tournament on Saturday. Texas State had lost on Friday, the opening day of the regionals, to Kent State 4-2 before eliminating Princeton with a 3-1 victory on Saturday. 

The winner of the Texas/Texas State game will be taking on Kent State on Sunday night, with Kent State needing just one win to advance to the Super Regionals.

First pitch is scheduled for for 1 p.m. CDT.

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NCAA Baseball Regionals: Sunday Schedule

Rice, Texas and TCU will have their work cut out for them on Sunday, as they all will be playing in early games in the NCAA Baseball Regionals after losing on Saturday night.

Texas will be playing host to Texas State at 1 p.m. CDT. The winner will go on to face Kent State later on Sunday - and hopefully for the Longhorns' sake, they'll be the one moving on. Texas State, though, is the second seed in the regional, so expect them to put up a bit of a fight. 

Rice will be playing host to California, also needing a win to continue on in the tournament. First pitch in Houston is scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT, with the winner set to take on Baylor later at night. 

The Horned Frogs will face a familiar opponent - Oral Roberts, who they pasted on Friday as the regionals got underway. First pitch is scheduled in Fort Worth for 2 p.m. CDT, with the winner advancing to face Dallas Baptist at 7 p.m. 

Baylor and Texas A&M won't know their opponents until the first set of games are finished, so they have the luxury of rest and also have a loss to give as well.

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NCAA Baseball Regionals Scores: TCU, Rice Upset, Baylor, Texas A&M Win

There were a slew of upsets on Saturday in the NCAA Baseball Regional tournaments. Regional top seeded hosts Texas, TCU and Rice all were upset while Baylor and Texas A&M won their second games of the regional tournaments.

TCU lost 3-2 to Dallas Baptist, despite having lefty ace Matt Purke on the hill. Purke lasted only five innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out six. Trent Appleby finished the game for TCU, pitching three innings, giving up three hits and a run.

TCU's bats could not solve Jared Stafford, who pitched 8.1 innings for Dallas Baptist, giving up just two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two. 

The Horned Frogs and Longhorns weren't the only host teams to lose, though, as the Rice Owls fell to the Baylor Bears 3-2. Baylor starter Josh Turley went the distance, pitching a complete game giving up just two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out seven. Baylor catcher Josh Ludy went 1-4 while driving in two runs to help Baylor en route to the victory.

Texas A&M, like Baylor, won on the arm of their starting pitcher. Ross Stirpling pitched a complete game for the Aggies, giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out five en route to the 6-3 victory. Despite only scoring six runs, the Aggies' offense pounded out 14 hits against Seton Hall. 

All hope is not lost for TCU, Texas and Rice though, as all three teams will be in action early on Sunday. 

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NCAA Baseball Regionals: Texas Loses To Kent State

The top-seeded team in the Austin bracket lost on Saturday, as the Texas Longhorns fell to Kent State 7-5. 

Longhorns ace Taylor Jungmann was roughed up, giving up seven runs in 5.2 innings of work, on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. 

The Longhorns were trailing 7-2 headed into the ninth inning when they put together a rally to cut the deficit to 7-5. Unfortunately for Texas, the rally did not end happily as Kyle McMillen came in to get the one-out save for Kent State.

Andrew Chafin started the game for Kent State, pitching 8.2 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks. Chafin struck out eight in the game en route to the win.

The Longhorns will now face off against Texas State, needing a win to further advance in the regionals. That game will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. CDT in Austin. 

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NCAA Baseball Regionals: Baylor Vs. Rice

In the Houston Regional of the NCAA Baseball Tournament, the No. 1 and No. 2 teams are set to face off on Saturday night. The top-seeded Rice Owls will play host to the No. 2 seed Baylor Bears as both the Owls and the Bears look to move one win closer to advancing to the Super Regionals. 

Rice routed Alcorn State on Friday, winning with ease 14-2. Rice's offensive onslaught featured 22 hits and six walks en route to the 14 runs. Rice only used one pitcher in the contest as well, as Abe Gonzales went the distance for the Owls.

Baylor, meanwhile, jumped out to a 6-0 lead on California, and barely hung on for a 6-4 win. The Bears scored in each of the first three innings, leading 6-0 after three. California proved to be resilient, though, cutting the deficit to two, but Baylor managed to hang on for the win. 

First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT. 

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NCAA Baseball Regionals: TCU Vs. Dallas Baptist

The TCU Horned Frogs won on Friday, the opening day of the NCAA Baseball Regional Tournaments, in convincing fashion as they blasted Oral Roberts 10-2. Now on Saturday, the Horned Frogs look to move one win closer to returning to Omaha for the College World Series as they take on Dallas Baptist.

Dallas Baptist defeated Oklahoma on Friday, in something of a mild upset. Dallas Baptist is the three seed in the Fort Worth regional and the Sooners are the No. 2. It took Dallas Baptist 10 innings to upset the Sooners, and it was thanks in large part to a strong pitching performance from starting pitcher Brandon Williamson, who pitched nine innings while giving up just two runs en route to the win.

The Horned Frogs, meanwhile, cruised to a victory over Oral Roberts. According to Mountain West Connection, SB Nation's blog for all things Mountain West Conference, the Horned Frogs will be sending former Texas Rangers first round pick Matt Purke to the mound on Saturday. Purke will be opposed by Jared Stafford of Dallas Baptist.

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT. The game can be watched online at ESPN3.com.

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NCAA Baseball Regionals: Texas Vs. Kent State

The Texas Longhorns will continue their quest to get back to Omaha for the College World Series on Saturday night, as they play their second game in the NCAA Baseball Regional Tournament. The Longhorns will be taking on the Kent State Golden Flashes, who defeated Texas State on Friday.

The Longhorns, of course, defeated their first round opponent on Friday - the Princeton Tigers. Texas won the game by a 5-3 margin, which is hardly convincing for a nationally ranked team against an Ivy League school, but a win is a win regardless. 

On Saturday night, the Longhorns will almost certainly send ace Taylor Jungmann to the mound to take on Kent State. Texas' No. 3 pitcher, Sam Stafford, started and won against Princeton, saving Jungmann and No. 2 starter Cole Green for Sunday's game.

Per Baseball America, it looks like Kent State will be sending their ace to the mound too - Andrew Chafin.

Texas coach Augie Garrido moved usual No. 3 hitter Tant Shepherd to the leadoff spot, and the senior responded by hitting a big two-run homer in the fifth inning in support of Sam Stafford (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K). Kent State got a strong start from Kyle Hallock (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) and stellar relief work from Justin Gill (2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) and Kyle McMillen (2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R), then got to the Texas State bullpen for two runs in the 11th. Carson Smith (9 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was strong in a no-decision for the Bobcats. Saturday now features a marquee pitching showdown between Texas ace Taylor Jungmann and Kent State ace Andrew Chafin.

First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. CDT. 

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NCAA Baseball Regionals: Saturday Schedule

Day 2 of the NCAA Baseball Regionals gets underway on Saturday, with a full slate of games on the schedule in the second round of regional play. 

The state of Texas, as always, will be well represented in the college baseball world. The Rice Owls play host to the Baylor Bears on Saturday, with a scheduled start time of 6 p.m. CDT. Rice is considered the favorite, as they're the top-seed in their regional and the Bears are only the No. 2.

The Longhorns, likewise, are the top seed in their regional, and like the Owls, they'll get underway at 6 p.m. CDT. Texas is playing host to the No. 3 team in their bracket, Kent State. 

Texas A&M, also the top seed, will be playing host to Seton Hall, who like Kent State, is the No. 3 team in their regional bracket. First pitch there is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CDT. 

Finally, TCU plays host to Dallas Baptist at 7 p.m. CDT. The Horned Frogs, as playing host suggests, the top seed in their regional as well. Dallas Baptist, like Kent State and Seton Hall, are the No. 3. 

For the reader's digest version:

(2) Baylor at (1) Rice, 6 p.m. CDT
(3) Kent State at (1) Texas, 6 p.m. CDT
(3) Seton Hall at (1) Texas A&M, 6:35 p.m. CDT
(3) Dallas Baptist at (1) Texas Christian, 7 p.m CDT

The full schedule and results updating throughout the day can be found here.

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NCAA Baseball Regional Scores: TCU, Texas A&M, Rice, Baylor Win

The NCAA Baseball Regional tournaments began on Friday - with the Texas Longhorns, TCU Horned Frogs, Texas A&M Aggies and Rice Owls all not only playing in the regionals, but playing host to them as well. 

The Longhorns, as aforementioned, defeated the Princeton Tigers 5-3, thanks in large part to Tant Shepherd as he went 1-2 with a home run, two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks. Texas will face Kent State on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. CDT. 

TCU crushed Oral Roberts 10-2, behind a strong start from Andrew Mitchell. Mitchell pitched seven innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three. Third baseman Jantzen Witte went 3-4 at the dish with three runs batted in and a run scored. 

The Horned Frogs will take on Dallas Baptist on Saturday night at 7 p.m. CDT.

Texas A&M similarly cruised, defeating Wright State 11-0. Michael Wacha picked up the win for the Aggies, pitching six innings without allowing a run. Wacha gave up five hits and walked one while striking out two. Kevin Gonzalez and Matt Juengel both homered for the Aggies in the rout.

The Aggies will take on the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CDT.

Not to be outdone by TCU or Texas A&M, Rice routed Alcorn State 14-2. The Owls pounded out 22 hits and drew six walks en route to the 14 runs. Right fielder Ryan Lewis went 4-6 with three runs batted in. Abe Gonzales pitched a complete game for Rice (typical), giving up seven hits without walking a batter and striking out four. 

The Owls will face off against the Baylor Bears, who won their first round game as well. Baylor defeated California 6-4 on Friday. Logan Verrett picked up the win for the Bears, pitching seven and a third innings while giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks. Verrett struck out four. Baylor jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, and held on at the end for the win. 

Baylor and Rice will square off on Saturday night at 6 p.m. CDT. 

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NCAA Baseball Regionals: Texas Defeats Princeton 5-3

The Texas Longhorns beat the Princeton Tigers 5-3 in the opening round of the NCAA Baseball Regionals on Friday night. 

Texas, who was easily a heavy favorite coming into the game, only mustered five hits against Princeton's pitching. The Longhorns took an early 2-0 lead thanks to smallball, as leadoff man Tant Shepherd walked to start it off for Texas. After a sac bunt and a walk to Brandon Loy, Shepherd and Loy both executed a double steal successfully, enabling Shepherd to score on an RBI groundout by Erich Weiss. Loy would then score on a wild pitch by Princeton starter Zak Hermans.

Loy and Shepherd paced the offense for the Longhorns. Shepherd went 1-2 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs - both of which came on a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Loy went 1-1 with a run scored and three walks. 

Sam Stafford pitched seven strong innings for the Longhorns, allowing just one run on two hits and three walks while striking out six en route to the win. 

The Longhorns will now take on Kent State on Saturday, once again at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Princeton will take on Texas State, who fell to Kent State on Friday, at 1 p.m. CDT. 

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NCAA Regionals, Kent State Tops Texas State

In the first NCAA Regional tournament game in Austin, Kent State topped Texas State in 11 innings, 4-2. eedless to say, neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Texas State starter Carson Smith pitched the first nine innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. Smith gave way to Jeff McVaney who pitched the last two innings for Texas State - allowing two runs, but neither of them were earned. A throwing error and a passed ball on catcher Andrew Stumph proved costly, as it enabled both of Kent State's runs to score in the 11th.

Stumph, though, did go 2-4 at the plate with a run scored.

Kyle Hallock started the game for Kent State, lasting six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks while striking out three. Justin Gill came in and pitched two and a third innings of relief - giving up one run, before giving way to the eventual winning pitcher, Kyle McMillen, who didn't allow a hit over his two and a third innings of work.

The next game in the Austin regional features the host team - the Texas Longhorns, as they take on the Princeton Tigers at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

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NCAA Baseball Regionals, Texas Vs. Princeton

The Texas Longhorns look to start their road back to Omaha today as they take on the Princeton Tigers in their first game of the NCAA Baseball Tournament. 

The Longhorns are the top seed in the Austin Regional, filled out by No. 2 Texas State, No. 3 Kent State and No. 4 Princeton. The appearance in the tournament is the 13th straight for the Longhorns, who fell just shy of returning to Omaha for the College World Series last year after losing to the TCU Horned Frogs.

Baseball America, one of the best sources of college baseball insight, says this of the Longhorns:

As usual, Texas is one of the nation's premier run-prevention outfits, allowing just 2.8 runs per game (second-best in college baseball behind Virginia's 2.7). And after setting a school record with 81 home runs a year ago, Texas has returned to full-scale Augie Ball-leading the country in sacrifice bunts (89) and hitting just 13 home runs as a team (258th in the nation). The lineup is not intimidating, but combined with UT's top-flight pitching and defense, it was good enough for Texas to win the Big 12 regular-season title for the third straight year. Unexpected freshmen have given Texas a huge boost, as third baseman Erich Weiss (.368/.510/.563, four HR, seven 3B, 38 RBI) leads the team in most offensive categories, and righthander Corey Knebel (2-2, 1.32, 16 saves) has been a dynamo at the back of the bullpen thanks to his fearlessness and outstanding command of a plus fastball. Texas has perhaps the nation's most reliable middle-infield tandem in shortstop Brandon Loy (.976 fielding percentage) and second baseman Jordan Etier (.975), helping the Longhorns rank third nationally with a .982 fielding percentage. The stellar defense gives ace Taylor Jungmann (13-0, 0.95, 116-27 K-BB in 123 innings) and the rest of the staff the peace of mind to pound the strike zone and let hitters put the ball in play. Jungmann, a sure-fire first-round pick, has strikeout stuff and has been remarkably efficient, recording five complete games and leading the nation in wins and ERA. The deep staff also features another key member of Texas' 2009 CWS Finals run, senior righthander Cole Green(7-3, 3.20), and two talented lefties in Hoby Milner (6-4, 2.58) and Sam Stafford (5-2, 1.70).

It seems pretty unlikely that Princeton would pose a serious threat to the Longhorns tonight, but stranger things have happened in the sports world. 

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CDT. 

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Longhorns Earn National Seed In NCAA Baseball Tournament

The Texas Longhorns earned a No. 7 national seed and a favorable draw in Sunday's draw for the NCAA baseball championship tournament. As a result of their seed in the bracket, the Longhorns will host a regional in Austin and will host a super regional matchup if they do win their group.

Texas will host second seed Texas State and third seed Kent State, and will take on fourth seed Princeton in their opener Friday. The Tempe Regional sits across from Texas as their potential super regional matchup. That group is led by top seed Arizona State and lower seeds Arkansas, Charlotte and New Mexico. 

In all, SB Nation calls Texas' draw the easiest in the tournament. 

It starts with the number two seed in the Regional, Texas St., who has no business being the two seed in any Regional. The Bobcats went 40-21 this season, a record to be proud of, but keep in mind who they beat to get to 40 wins. Absolutely no one. Texas St. went just 1-9 against the RPI top 50 this season so when they got their chance to prove that they can play with the best, they failed and then some. They also lost eight games to teams with a RPI over 100. There is very little to suggest that the Bobcats should be a number two seed, but Texas will take it.

Rice finished strong to earn their own national seed, No. 8. They will take on second seeded Baylor in the Houston Regional, and its winner will take on the winner of TCU's Fort Worth Regional. The Frogs will host a local field of Oklahoma, Dallas Baptist, and Oral Roberts. Texas A&M also hosts a regional with Arizona, Seton Hall and Wright State in College Station, and line up against No. 5 national seed Florida State in a potential super regional. 

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