Texas head coach Auggie Garrido said he rolled the dice putting a freshman pitcher in an unfamiliar situation, but Taylor Jungmann came up big for the Longhorns forcing a game three Wednesday night following a 5-1 win over LSU.Jungmann held LSU to five hits in his first complete game, and Russell Moldenhauer hit his record tying fourth home run of the College World Series.
The top-seeded Longhorns (50-15-1) are looking to become the first number one seed since Miami in 1999 to win the national championship. A rain delay and hot pitcher ended the Tigers’ 14 game winning streak.
On Monday, Jungmann came on in relief and threw all six pitches for balls, but struck out nine against an LSU offense that averaged 9.5 runs in its first four CWS games. Jungmann (11-3) won his third game in Omaha, the first two in relief.
Preston Clark homered for a 2-0 lead in the second and finished with three hits and two RBIs. The Longhorns scored all five of their runs in the first three innings off LSU starter Aaron Ross who only last two innings himself. After that, the LSU bullpen held Texas to four singles.