Texas shocks ASU with two HRs in bottom of 9th
Texas hit two solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth to turn a 3-2 Arizona State lead into a 4-3 Longhorns win. Augie Garrido's club advances to face LSU in the best-of-three championship series, which starts Monday.
The Sun Devils plated the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth for a 3-2 lead over Texas. Jason Kipnis led off the ninth with an 11-pitch at-bat, reaching base on an infield single. He then advanced to second on a throwing error by second baseman Travis Tucker.
Texas pitcher Austin Wood got the next two batters -- Carlos Ramirez and Kole Calhoun -- out, but he couldn't solve late-inning replacement Zach Wilson, who laced a 1-0 pitch down the right-field line for a triple to score Kipnis.
But Texas had an answer. It came in the form of a bomb over the center-field wall by Cameron Rupp on a 3-1 pitch off reliever Mitchell Lambson. It was Rupp's 11th homer of the season. One batter later, and with two outs, Connor Rowe hit the first pitch from Lambson over the left-field wall for his seventh homer of the year.
Rowe's homer was the first CWS walk-off homer since Texas' Chance Wheeless did it against Baylor on June 22, 2005. The Longhorns went on to beat Florida for the CWS title, the last of Texas' six titles.