College World Series
Monday, January 26

OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- J.P. Howell got Texas off to a good start in its record 31st College World Series appearance.

Howell pitched 6 2/3 effective innings and Curtis Thigpen had four hits as the Longhorns cruised to a 13-2 rout of Arkansas.

Texas (56-13) will meet Georgia on Sunday in a winner's bracket game. Arkansas (45-23), making its first College World Series appearance since 1989, will take on Arizona on Sunday in an elimination contest.

Howell (15-2) improved to 3-0 in the postseason after allowing one run and two hits with six walks. The only damage done against the lefthander - who struck out eight - was Scott Bridges' solo homer in the seventh inning.

"I felt good," said Howell, a first-round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals. "There were times I lost command, but, I got them to swing at some pitches when I needed it."

The Longhorns scored twice in each of the first two innings. Arkansas starter Charley Boyce (10-3) walked Carson Kainer with one out and the bases loaded in the first before hitting Dooley Prince to produce the game's second run.

Seth Johnston lifted a sacrifice fly before Thigpen's RBI single in the second opened to a 4-0 cushion.

Texas turned the contest into a rout by combining for eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

"We got down 4-0 early and with Howell pitching, that was probably going to be enough," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "We are disappointed, however, that the score got to be what it was."

Prince drove in a career-high four runs and Thigpen scored four times. The Longhorns have scored 62 runs in their six postseason games.

"Starting off the week like this should help us in the tournament," Prince said.

Longhorns reliever J. Brent Cox pitched 1 1/3 innings and Buck Cody finished up with a hitless ninth to complete the two-hitter.

Boyce surrendered five runs - three earned - and seven hits in five innings. The righthander failed to get past the sixth inning for the second straight start.

"I was too fine early," Boyce said. "I missed in to a couple of people and you can't do that against a good team."


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