By The Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. – Southern Miss reliever Jonathan Johnston walked Brandon Loy on four pitches with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give Texas a 7-6 win in the College World Series on Sunday night.
The Longhorns’ final three runs scored on bases-loaded walks. Of the last 11 Texas batters, six walked and one was hit by a pitch.
The Golden Eagles’ dismal pitching performance in their Omaha debut spoiled an otherwise gutty performance against the No. 1-seeded Longhorns.
Texas (47-14-1), in the CWS for a record 33rd time, moves on to a Tuesday game against Arizona State. Southern Miss (40-25) will try to stay alive against North Carolina in a Bracket 2 elimination game the same day.
The Eagles used a an infield single, a wild pitch, a bases-loaded walk and the first catcher’s interference call at the CWS since 1981 to take a 5-4 lead in the eighth.
Texas loaded the bases with one out in the bottom half against Scott Copeland and Collin Cargill, with Cargill walking Brandon Loy to bring in the tying run. Josh Fields came on to strike out Cameron Rupp, but then walked pinch hitter Kevin Lusson to make it 6-5.
Southern Miss tied it the top of the ninth on James Ewing’s single off Taylor Jungmann (9-3).
Brian Dozier, the senior team captain for Southern Miss, appeared as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and reached on catcher’s interference to load the bases.
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