AUSTIN, Texas — C.J Hinojosa drove in two and Parker French pitched six scoreless innings as Texas beat Houston 4-0 Saturday to sweep its NCAA Super Region and advance to the World Series.
Texas (43-19) is headed to Omaha for the 35th time, more than any school, after missing the NCAA tournament the previous two years. Its last trip to the CWS was 2011.
The Longhorns face the winner of the best-of-three Super Region between Oklahoma State and UC-Irvine, which the Anteaters lead 1-0. The World Series starts Saturday.
Texas coach Augie Garrido figured he had enough talent to restore the program but wasn't sure they would reach the CWS.
"I knew we could," Garrido said. "But I didn't know that we would be able to make the sacrifices that it takes to be selfless and to really commit their heart and their soul."
Texas has won the CWS six times, including twice under Garrido — most recently in 2005. The 75-year-old Garrido has won 1,917 games, more than any collegiate baseball coach, in 46 seasons, the last 18 at Texas.
L'ville 7, Kennesaw St. 4: Nick Solak's two-run homer in the fifth lifted the host Cardinals into their second straight World Series and third in school history. All their appearances have come under coach Dan McDonnell, who was hired in 2007.
Stanford 5, Vandy 4: Wayne Taylor hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth as the visiting Cardinal forced a deciding third game today.
Texas Tech 1, Charleston 0: Cris Sadberry struck out a career-high eight for the host Red Raiders in their opener.
Maryland 5, Virginia 4: Jake Stinnett pitched six solid innings and Brandon Lowe had two RBIs in the opener for the visiting Terrapins, trying to advance to their first Series.
TCU 3, Pepperdine 2: Derek Odell had a two-run single and Brandon Finnegan took a shutout into the seventh as the host Horned Frogs won their opener.