Texas shortstop C.J Hinojosa’s home run in the seventh inning, the first in 115 innings of play at the CWS, gave the Longhorns a 1-0 win against the UC-Irvine Anteaters. That lone run stood up behind another solid pitching performance from Longhorn’s ace Chad Hollingsworth, who pitched eight shutout innings.
Texas as a team had just 21 home runs entering Wednesday, tied for 124th in the nation, and only two in eight NCAA tournament games entering Wednesday night. Hinojosa is the Longhorns’ leading hitter at .394 in the postseason, but is not known for his power. That was only his second homer of the season.
The lone run came on a 2-0 pitch from UC Irvine starter Evan Manarino. Hinojosa got it all and it carried with the wind blowing in from the south at 25 miles per hour, it still got out. As rare as it is for Hinojosa to homer…for Manarino, it was only the second home run he allowed in 64.0 innings.