Greenville Super Regional Live Updates: Texas vs. East Carolina

The home runs of Campbell and Hodo on Saturday made them the sixth and seventh Longhorns to reach double-digit home runs of the season. The offensive wave on Forty Acres, Pierce said, boils down to “just passing the bat, getting pitches, not trying to do too much and using your strength and condition, using your work in the cages and just relying.”

Texas undoubtedly has pop throughout the lineup, but all the significant hits during Saturday’s game that go to the right field for right-handed players, talk about how good the team’s approach is on the record and to the adjustments made throughout the series.

“We only see it where it’s pitched,” Campbell said. “Some of your guys on their staff like to travel, so we’re just taking it where it’s set.”

BEAT ORDER

Texas: 1. Douglas Hodo III, Soph., CF (.316 / .409 / .533); 2. Eric Kennedy, Jr., LF (.308 / .395 / .491); 3. Ivan Melendez, Jr., 1B (.398 / .518 / .866); 4. Murphy Stehly, Sr., 2B (.376 / .431 / .680); 5. Austin Todd, Sr., DH (.337 / .419 / .497); 6. Skyler Messinger (.367 / .419 / .574); 7. Silas Ardoin, Soph., C (.276 / .399 / .518); 8. Dylan Campbell, Soph., RF (.271 / .369 / .512); 9. Trey Faltine, Soph., SS (.283 / .396 / .552)

– Pierce keeps the lineup the same for the second game in a row. Stehly at second base and Campbell at right field means Mitchell Daly (.238 / .349 / .369) will come off the bench, most likely to come in for defensive purposes in second place if the Longhorns get a lead in the late innings.

East Carolina: 1. Zach Agnos, Soph., SS (.326 / .398 / .477); 2. Lane Hoover, Jr., LF (.343 / .426 / .418); 3. Bryson Worrell, Sr., CF (.338 / .403 / .638); 4. Jacob Jenkins-Cowart, Fr., RF (.330 / .369 / .552); 5. Ben Newton, Sr., C (.283 / .387 / .362); 6. Josh Moylan, Soph., 1B (.219 / .355 / .417); 7. Jacob Starling, Soph., 2B (.248 / .386 / .411); 8. Alec Makarewicz, Soph., 3B (.273 / .350 / .469); 9. Joey Berini, Soph., DH (.245 / .321 / .265)

– Godwin’s only lineup change is Berini on the designated battlefield for Justin Wilcoxen (.276 / .327 / .398). A change can be made if Godwin gets a matchup with left-handed Wilcoxen against Texas freshman southpaw Luke Harrison (0-0, 3.24 ERA with two saves), the only left-handed reliever for the Longhorns (and the only left-handed pitcher other) than the No. 2 starter Lucas Gordon on the postseason list).

PITCHING MATCHUP

Texas: Tristan Stevens, Sr., RHP (6-6, 5.16 ERA, 75 innings, 83 hits and 20 passes allowed with 65 strikeouts)

– Pierce has said time and time again that there is no one he trusts more in a big place than Stevens, who makes his 25th appearance for the season and his 12th start. The fifth-year senior has not started a game since a April 30 loss to Oklahoma State that went 5.2 innings, allowing six earned runs in six hits with two touchdowns, two hits and a boom while hitting eight. Stevens has officially thrown 0.1 innings over two of the first two games in Greenville, allowing four runs on three hits with two runs, a wild pitch and a strikeout.

East Carolina: Danny Beal, Soph., RHP (5-1, 4.03 ERA, 38 innings, 31 hits and 20 passes allowed with 40 strikeouts)

– Beal struck in Saturday’s match, and registered two outs on eight courses. Sunday’s outing marks his 30th appearance for the season, but that’s just his second start.

WEATHER DELAY

At 15.31 local time, it has been announced that there is lightning in the area. Texas and East Carolina are both sent to their respective locker rooms and the stadium is cleared of spectators. This applies to “The Jungle” outside the outfield walls of Clark-LeClair Stadium, which has been cleared of security and law enforcement.

– There is nothing in the press box about when the delay ends, but the officials conduct a meeting on the field with Pierce and Godwin which ends at. 16.06 local time, which is the game’s original start time.

At 16.23 local time, the fans are welcomed back to the stadium and the teams get back on the field to warm up. The match is in progress with a planned first pitch at. 17:05.

FIRST INNING

– Hodo withdraws bat on a bundle attempt on a ball from Beal at 17:06 local time. At Beal’s third pitch of the game, Hodo strikes one up in the middle, hitting the shift with Starling failing to come over in time to pull Hodo to first base. It’s an infield single for Hodo and Texas have the leadoff man based on Kennedy.

– Hodo steals the second base to put himself in the scoring position, but it is up to someone else to drive him in when Kennedy reaches the base on a walk. Kennedy’s free pass ends a stroke of eight pitches, putting two on without outs for Melendez.

– There is a new division in the single-season record holder for home races in the BBCOR era. It was Kris Bryant with 31 in 2013, but Melendez’s 32nd home run of the season is a laser over the left field wall and into The Jungle for a three-run bomb. The Longhorns take the early lead with Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s National Player of the Year doing the damage.

Texas 3, East Carolina 0

– Beal plunks Stehly, who is the fourth Longhorn in a row he has put on base with Todd, the No. 5 hit, who comes to the record. It’s the end of the day for Beal, who is unable to record on 17 courses. Righty Trey Yesavage (1-0, 3.60 ERA with two saves) is the first ECU bullpen hand to be called to the mound.

– Todd’s sacrifice shot moves Stehly to scoring position. Messinger fights back from down 0-2 in the count, and strikes a single to the left over the outstretched glove to Makarewicz on third base. Stehly rounds third and Pierce sends him home without a game on the plate to open up a four-run lead for the Longhorns.

Texas 4, East Carolina 0

WEATHER DELAY

At 17.25 local time, the game is paused and goes into a weather delay. The company staff rolls out the tarpaulin and lays it over the court while the fans leave the stadium. When the match resumes, Ardoin will be in the box with 1-0 and one out with Messinger at first base and Longhorns wanting to increase the lead in four races.

– After a meeting on the course with tournament leaders, Godwin and Pierce, the course crew removes the tarpaulin from the course at 18:22 local time. It has not yet been decided when the game will resume.

– At 18.26 local time, the tarpaulin is put back on and there is an announcement that the game is still delayed. However, fans are allowed to return to their seats inside the stadium.

– It is announced by the speaker at 18.50 that tournament officials are expects another storm system to roll through Greenville at approx. 20.30. An update on the resumption of the game will be given accordingly.