Jordan Etier breaks game open in ninth as Texas evens super regional
AUSTIN, Texas -- Jordan Etier hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth and Texas beat Arizona State 5-1 to tie the super regional at a game apiece Saturday night.
The Longhorns and Sun Devils, two of the most storied programs in college baseball, will play for a spot in the College World Series on Sunday night.Etier had a key error in Texas' 3-1 loss Friday night.The Longhorns (48-17) were up 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth when the Sun Devils (43-17) used two singles and a sacrifice fly to cut Texas' lead in half.Arizona State almost tied it up in the seventh, but Etier scooped up a grounder from Johnny Ruettiger at second base and threw to Tant Shepherd at first. Shepherd came off the bag and couldn't tag out the runner, but he threw home in time to get Michael Benjamin trying to score."Jordan would not have been able to throw the guy out at home," Texas coach Augie Garrido said. "If the ball hadn't gone from Jordan to first, he would not have made it. That was the only way the play could have been made to stop that run."Up 2-1 heading into the ninth, Kevin Lusson started off with a single to right field for the Longhorns. Sam Stafford, who will pitch on Sunday, came in to pinch run for Lusson. Stafford reached second on a sacrifice bunt and moved to third on a wild pitch. The next batter was walked, and Etier, who made a key error in Texas' 3-1 loss Friday night, followed with the home run."That does great things for our team as far as momentum for tomorrow goes," Etier said.Cole Green (8-3) allowed one run on six hits in five innings for Texas. Corey Knebel, who was recently named National Freshman Pitcher of the Year, got his 18th save of the season.Kramer Champlin (9-4) allowed two runs on five hits and five walks in 6 1/3 innings for Arizona State."We had some opportunities and they wouldn't let us take advantage of it," Arizona State coach Tim Esmay said. "They took advantage late in the ballgame. These are two good teams going at it. Tomorrow will be a biggie and that's an understatement."
M Payton hit sacrifice fly to left, P Montalbano scored, J Etier to third, T Shepherd to second.
E Weiss doubled to left center, M Payton scored.
J DeMichele hit sacrifice fly to center, D Marrero scored.
J Etier homered to left, S Stafford and J Felts scored.