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Teagarden, Wheeless almost ride cycles

AUSTIN, Texas -- Taylor Teagarden and Chance Wheeless both came within a
triple of hitting for the cycle Monday, and their home runs helped
Texas beat Arkansas 5-2 and win the Austin regional of the NCAA
baseball tournament.

The Longhorns (49-15), who had to beat the Razorbacks (39-22) on
consecutive days to win the regional, advanced to face No. 5
overall seed Mississippi in a super regional this weekend in
Oxford, Miss.

Teagarden and Wheeless both scored two runs to go with three
hits apiece. Teagarden was named the regional's Most Outstanding
Player as he hit .565 in five games with three home runs. Robby
Hudson also had three hits for Texas.

Arkansas starter Charley Boyce gave up four earned runs in seven
innings after pitching eight innings Friday. Craig Gentry scored
both Arkansas runs.

Texas starter Kenn Kasparek allowed two runs on four hits in 4
1/3 innings. Reliever Kyle McCulloch did not give up a hit in 1 2/3
innings, and J. Brent Cox pitched three scoreless innings for his
15th save.

Mississippi (47-18) rolled through its regional tournament with
a 3-0 record, but Texas had to win four games, including three in a
row after losing to Arkansas in its second game of the
double-elimination event.