College World Series
Thursday, February 26

OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Seeking its second title in three years under coach Augie Garrido, Texas advanced to the College World Series championship round with a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Georgia.

Carson Kainer's one-out, RBI double in the seventh inning snapped a 6-6 tie after the Longhorns erased a 5-0 deficit with the help of four home runs.

Texas (58-13) improved to 3-0 in the double-elimination tournament and handed the Bulldogs their second loss. The Longhorns will meet either Cal State Fullerton or South Carolina in the best-of-three championship round.

"We have guys who were freshman when we won in 2002 who stuck together and now lead the team," Garrido said.

Georgia (45-23) averted elimination with a 3-1 win over Arizona on Tuesday and jumped on Texas starter Justin Simmons for five runs in the third inning.

But the Longhorns responded with three runs in the bottom of the third on a solo homer by Michael Hollimon and a two-run shot by Taylor Teagarden off Johnny Dobbs.

Seth Johnston hit a solo homer in the fifth inning off Bo Lanier and added a go-ahead, RBI single in the sixth after David Maroul homered to tie the game.

Garrido called on his closer Huston Street (1-0) to protect the one-run lead, but Street yielded three hits, including a game-tying, RBI single by Marshall Szabo in the seventh inning.

"After that run scored, I had every confidence we would come back," Street said.

Texas reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Dooley Prince led off with a double off reliever Matt Woods. One out later, Kainer lined a double off closer Will Startup to score Prince.

"Texas had anb answer for us every time and they got the home runs today," Georgia coach David Perno said. "We couldn't keep them in the yard and we couldn't keep the ball down."


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