— Campbell and Hodo’s home runs on Saturday made them the sixth and seventh Longhorns to hit double-digit home runs this season. The offensive surge at the Forty Acres, Pierce said, boils down to “just passing the racquet, getting pitches, not trying to overdo and using their strength and conditioning, using their work in the cages and just to trust.”
Texas undoubtedly has pop throughout the lineup, but every significant hit down the stretch of Saturday’s game going into right field for righties speaks to how good the team’s approach to the plate is and the adjustments made during were made throughout the series.
“We only see it where it’s posted,” Campbell said. “Some of their employees like to walk away, so we’ll just take it where it was pitched.”
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 maintains the lineup for the second game in a row. Stehly at second base and Campbell in right field means Mitchell Daly (.238/.349/.369) will come off the bench, most likely second in for defensive purposes if the Longhorns take the 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 at the designated hitter spot for Justin Wilcoxen (.276/.327/.398). A change could be made if Godwin gets a matchup with left-handed Wilcoxen playing against Texas freshman Luke Harrison (0-0, 3.24 ERA with two saves), the only left-handed assist for the Longhorns (and only left pitcher). ) enters as #2 starter Lucas Gordon on the postseason list).
Texas: Tristan Stevens, Sr., RHP (6-6, 5.16 ERA, 75 innings, 83 hits and 20 walks allowed with 65 strikeouts)
– Pierce has consistently said there’s nobody he trusts more at a big point than Stevens, who is making his 25th appearance of the season and his 12th start. The fifth-year senior has not started a game since a loss to Oklahoma State on April 30, where he went 5.2 innings and allowed six earned runs with six hits with two walks, two hit batters and a balk while playing eight struck. Stevens has officially pitched 0.1 innings over two in his first two games in Greenville, allowing four runs on three hits with two walks, a wild pitch and a strikeout.
East Carolina: Danny Beal, Soph., RHP (5-1, 4.03 ERA, 38 innings, 31 hits and 20 walks allowed with 40 strikeouts)
— Beal pitched in Saturday’s game and recorded two outs on eight pitches. Sunday’s outing marks his 30th outing of the season, but it’s only his second start.
— At 3:31 p.m. local time, it was announced that there would be lightning in the area. Texas and East Carolina are both sent to their respective dressing rooms and the stadium has been cleared of spectators. That goes for “The Jungle” beyond the perimeter of Clark LeClair Stadium, which has been vacated by security and law enforcement officials.
– There is no word in the press box as to when the delay will end, but officials are conducting an on-field meeting with Pierce and Godwin that will end at 4:06 p.m. local time, which is the game’s original start time.
— At 16:23 local time, fans are welcomed back to the stadium and teams are allowed back onto the field to warm up. The game begins with a scheduled first pitch at 5:05 p.m.
– Hodo pulls his bat back in a stupid attempt for a first pitch ball from Beal at 5:06 p.m. local time. On Beal’s third pitch of the game, Hodo hits one down center and hits the shift, with Starling unable to get by in time to pull Hodo back on first base. It’s an infield single for Hodo and Texas has the leadoff man on base for Kennedy.
– Hodo steals second base to get himself into goal position, but it’s up to someone else to drive him in while Kennedy reaches base on foot. Kennedy’s free pass ends an eight-pitch at-bat and sets two with no outs for Melendez.
– There’s a new Division I single-season record holder for BBCOR-era home runs. It was Kris Bryant at 31 in 2013 but Melendez’s 32. Home run of the season is a laser over the left field wall and into the jungle for a three-run bomb. The Longhorns grab the early lead, with the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s National Player of the Year doing the damage.
Texas 3, East Carolina 0
— Beal plunks Stehly, that’s the fourth straight longhorn he’s put on base with Todd, the No. 5 hitter, coming on the plate. That’s the end of the day for Beal, who is unable to make a record in 17 places. Righty Trey Yesavage (1-0, 3.60 ERA with two saves) is the first ECU bull hand to be called on the mound.
— Todd’s sacrificial bunt puts Stehly in goal position. Brawling back from a 0-2 deficit on the count, Messinger hits a single to the left over the outstretched glove of Makarewicz at third base. Stehly takes third and Pierce sends him home without a game to give the Longhorns a four-run lead.
Texas 4, East Carolina 0
— At 5:25 p.m. local time, the game will pause and enter a weather delay. The ground crew unroll the tarp and place it over the infield as the fans leave the stadium. When play resumes, Ardoin will be 1-0 in the box and one out while Messinger at first base and the Longhorns look to extend a four-run lead.
— After meeting on the field with tournament officials Godwin and Pierce, the ground crew removed the tarp from the field at 18:22 local time. It is not yet known when the game will resume.
— At 18:26 local time, the tarpaulin is raised again and an announcement is made that the game will be delayed.