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HORNS TAKE TITLE GAME FROM FLORIDA, 6-2, AS CWS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
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The Texas baseball team got a second helping of celebration for its College World Series victory when players, coaches and fans gathered at Disch-Falk Field to observe the team's sixth CWS title, and the University of Texas Tower was bathed in orange honoring the occasion.
Texas (56-16) defeated Florida 6-2 Sunday to win the second game in the best-of-three championship round. Texas won five elimination games to qualify for the championship tournament in Omaha, Neb., then swept five straight, including two against the Gators.
Elated Texas players piled onto the pitcher's mound after their victory Sunday. Then hundreds of their fans who'd watched from home on television went wild Monday afternoon when the Longhorns arrived at their home field straight from the airport.
"Who loves you, baby?" coach Augie Garrido asked the crowd. He added, "We do."
Garrido and players Seth Johnston and J. Brent Cox thanked the faithful who'd endured an up-and-down season before the Longhorns charged for the title.
"You all have been here from the beginning of the year, no matter how hard it got," said Johnston, a senior shortstop. "I'm definitely looking into trying to get a fifth year to come back," he joked to loud cheers from the crowd.
Cox, a standout closer who combined with starter Kyle McCulloch to give the Longhorns a powerful pitching game Sunday, apologized to the crowd for "any of the heart attacks I might have caused you during the year."
"We played our hearts out," he said. "It means a lot to us."
Last year, Garrido and his Longhorns had to stand by dejectedly as Cal State Fullerton players poured onto the field in celebration after winning the College World Series championship.
But Sunday's Texas victory, propelled by Chance Wheeless and David Maroul, who combined for two home runs and five RBIs, gave the Longhorns their chance to take home the winner's trophy.
Texas last won the title in 2002. Only 12-time champion Southern California has won more.
The game saw another strong performance from the Texas starting pitching staff - this time in the person of Kyle McCulloch, who held Florida hitless until the fifth. Plus, the longball played a key role in the Longhorn win - something that was absent for much of the season - as Chance Wheeless and David Maroul repeated their homerun story from earlier in the Series.
Although the Horns threatened in the first inning, Texas got on the scoreboard in the second inning on the patented Augie Garrido "short ball", as Chance Wheeless opened with a single, was moved to second on a Taylor Teagarden sacrifice bunt, rotated to third on an infield out, and scored on a left side ground ball with eyes for a single by David Maroul.
Longhorn starter Kyle McCulloch held the Gators hitless through four complete innings, striking out six in the first four innings, alone. The only baserunner through the early stretch was a first inning walk, until Brandon McArthur got the Gator's first single in the top of the fifth - an infield hit to deep short. The Longhorn pitching staff began the game with an almost unheard of 1.25 staff ERA in this year's CWS.
Meanwhile, the Horns had added an unexpected run in their half of the fourth, as Taylor Teagarden reached base with the Horns fifth hit on the day, and scored on a two-base error by left fielder Gavin Dickey on a hard shot by David Maroul which was mishandled in the playable area of left field. It was Florida's fourth error in the championship series up to that point.
Florida threatened in the sixth when DH Stephen Barton singled up the middle ... advanced to second on a sharp groundout to Chance Wheeless who threw out batter Jeff Corsaletti, then advanced to third on an Adam Davis flyout to center. The inning ended with Barton stranded on third on a deep flyball by NCAA homerun king Matt LaPorta ... caught by Carson Kainer at the left field fence.
And, then came the Texas sixth inning. Get the championship banners ready.
Connor Falkenbach got the call from the Florida bullpen, and on his very first pitch, Longhorn catcher Taylor Teagarden lifted a deep fly to the furthest reach of playable centerfield for a double off the centerfielder's glove. Carson Kainer walked on a three-two pitch, and David Maroul (later named the 2005 CWS Most Valuable Player) followed with a three-run homer six rows up into the left-centerfield bleachers. With the bases now cleared, Robby Hudson singled through the left side, ousting Falkenbach who was unable to get any Longhorns out.
Sidearm reliever Darren O'Day came on to retire the side, but the storm had hit: Texas 6, Florida 0, and time for the seventh inning stretch -- nine more outs.
But baseball is nine innings, and Florida would get untracked in the seventh. Arizona State, watching at home, remembers Florida's late inning magic from their bracket championship loss.
Following an opening groundout to first by Brian Jeroloman, McCulloch gave up an up-the-middle base hit to Brandon McArthur, followed by a two-run homer to Brian LeClerc, cutting the Texas lead to 6-2. Following another grounder single to Justin Tordi, Texas called upon normal starter Randy Boone to enter the game in relief. Boone walked the first batter he faced, before ending the jam on an infield popup.
McCulloch ended his start going 6.2 innings, giving up the two runs on five hits, walking one, and striking out eight.
Florida threatened again in the eighth. Following an opening groundout to Adam Davis, Matt LaPorta walked, followed by a single from Brian Jeroloman, moving LaPorta from first to third. This one-out situation brought closer J. Brent Cox out of the Texas bullpen. Cox struck out pinch hitter Bryson Barber for the second out, and got Brian LeClerc to ground into an ending ending fielders choice to short.
Florida had one last shot in the ninth, as Cox delivered his mastry for his 19th save of the year - leading all of college baseball. Pinch hitter Andy Davis walked to open the inning. But Davis was erased when Justin Tordi hit into a double play - third to second to first. Then, Steven Barton ... you guessed it ... struck out.
And, the dogpile began! Hook 'em!!
GARRIDO NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR BY COLLEGIATE BASEBALL -- (UT Sports Information) - Three days after guiding The University of Texas baseball team to the 2005 National Championship behind a 56-16 overall record, head coach Augie Garrido was tabbed as the 2005 National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball newspaper on Wednesday, June 29.
After going 11 innings in an earlier game on Sunday, UT's All-American pitcher Cat Osterman was given a rest at the starting position - which was taken by Megan Denny. But two walks, two throwing errors, and a base hit by UCLA in the first proved all they needed, as the 3-0 score stood for the rest of the game. Osterman was called upon in the first to help put out the fire, and pitched perfect softball for the rest of the game, without so much as a baserunner.
The Longhorns' season ends at 49-13, with the Big XII Conference tournament, and regional and super regional victories in Austin. The Horns were the number four seed at the CWS, making its third appearance in the Women's College World Series in the nine-year history of the program, having also gone in 1998 and 2003.
OSTERMAN'S REGULAR SEASON STATS: -- Osterman has posted the best season of her career, amassing an 0.32 earned run average, 539 strikeouts (15.5 strikeout per seven innings), 20 shutouts, six no-hitters including three perfect games, an .074 opponents' batting average and has allowed just 11 earned runs (20 total) in 243.2 innings of work. Her 0.32 ERA and 15.5 strikeouts per seven innings lead the nation, and her career strikeout ratio of 14.0 would be an all-time collegiate record. She has already earned Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, first-team All-Big 12 and NFCA All-Midwest Region honors and was named the most valuable player of the Big 12 Tournament, which the Longhorns won for the third time in four years three weeks ago.
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Ninth-seeded Nevada (25-6) will face either top-seeded Illinois or Fairleigh Dickinson in the second round of the Chicago Regional on Saturday.
Pinkney spent much of the game in foul trouble and the Wolf Pack's top scorer, Nick Fazekas was held to just 10 points -- well below his average of 21.4 points. They combined for more than 41 percent of the Wolf Pack's scoring entering the game.
Mo Charlo added 12 points for the Wolf Pack, Ramon Sessions had 11, and Fazekas grabbed 13 rebounds.
Nevada rallied from a 57-53 deficit with 2:24 left and overcame a career-high 20 points from Texas' Jason Klotz. Klotz scored 16 points in the second half when he and Kenny Taylor nearly rallied the eighth-seeded Longhorns by themselves. Brad Buckman had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Taylor finished with 12 points.
It's the first time in four years the Longhorns (20-11) were eliminated before the regional semifinals.
Defensively, both teams played well.
Offensively, both struggled -- none more than Fazekas.
The Western Athletic Conference player of the year wore a mask to protect his broken nose and it appeared to have an effect. He was just was just 1-of-6 from the field in the first half, missed the rim by several feet on one shot and had another bounce off the shot clock. He finished 3-of-14.
It was that kind of day against Texas' aggressive zone.
But the Wolf Pack still found a way to win.
Klotz dominated during the last 7 minutes, scoring eight points in an 11-2 run that gave Texas a 55-51 lead with 4:14 to go. It appeared then the Longhorns would pull away.
But Charlo completed a three-point play to pull Nevada to 57-56 with 1:28 left and Pinkney put in a 5-footer to give the Wolf Pack the lead with 44.3 seconds left.
Texas then missed a 3-pointer and the Wolf Pack connected on three of four free throws in the final 21.5 seconds to seal the win.
Nevada won its 25th game for the second straight, tying the record for the second most in school history. Last year, the Wolf Pack advanced to the round of 16.
Daniel Gibson, the Big 12 freshman of the year, scored just eight points.
Tasha Humphrey scored 26 points and Cori Chambers had 15 to lead sixth-seeded Georgia to its second victory of the season over Texas. Georgia advanced to the round of 16 for the third straight year and the 15th time in 21 appearances.
In doing so, the Bulldogs denied Texas -- a preseason Final Four favorite -- entrance into the tournament's third round for the first time in four years.
Georgia will face the winner of Tuesday night's Duke-Boston College game on Saturday in the Chattanooga Regional semifinals.
Texas' Heather Schreiber tried to win the game with a 3-pointer at the buzzer but the shot hit the corner of rim.
At the start of the season, the Longhorns were ranked No. 2 in the country before playing at Georgia their second game. The Bulldogs, then ranked No. 5, rallied from a 15-point deficit to win 78-64.
But there was no need for a Georgia comeback this time. The Bulldogs (24-9) led for the entire game, holding off a Texas rally in the final 4 minutes to hand the Longhorns their earliest tournament exit since falling in the first round in 2001.
Tiffany Jackson tied her career high with 30 points, but her game-tying attempt with 12 seconds remaining was blocked by Georgia's Rebecca Rowsey.
Moments earlier, Schreiber hit a 3-pointer with 1:26 left to bring Texas (22-9) within two, part of 15-4 run after Texas had trailed by 10.
But the Longhorns' rally came too late. Texas leaned on Jackson in the second half, when the sophomore scored 18 of her points and had nine of her 10 rebounds.
But always there to answer at the other end was Humphrey, who the Longhorns couldn't control for the second time this season. The 6-foot-3 freshman scored 27 points in her first meeting with Texas.
Georgia opened the game by hitting nine of its first 11 shots, mostly from the outside. Chambers scored six points in the first 2 minutes -- all on long, contested jump shots -- and finished the first half with 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting.
With Chambers perfect from the perimeter and Humphrey controlling the paint, the Bulldogs shot 60 percent in the first half and led by as many as 12 points.
Misfiring on close shots cost Texas early, but the Longhorns scored six straight points before halftime to close to 36-30.
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Longhorn seniors - Mira Topic and Bethany Howden - combined for 35 kills, but their storied careers came to an end as Texas (26-5) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1998.
Texas, which earned its first top-10 national ranking since 1999 this year, saw the careers of two of it's best-ever players end on Friday night. Topic ended her four-year run in burnt orange and white as the Texas career kills leader (2,116), the career aces leader (185) and in fourth place on the career digs list with 1,267. Howden finished third on the Longhorns' career kills list (1,802) and in eighth place on the career block assists list (319).
The Longhorns conclude the 2004 campaign by winning the first two NCAA Tournament matches in school history while making their fourth-straight tournament appearance and turning in the second-ever 15 win season in program annals.
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On the men's side, Texas Longhorn junior Trey Hardee won the NCAA Championship in the decathlon after posting personal bests in four of the 10 events and setting a school record with 7,881 points. He beat out Dartmouth's Mustafa Abdur-Rahim and Missouri's Hans Uldal (7,687 points). Longhorn sophomore Donovan Kilmartin earned All-America honors with a fourth-place finish (7,662 points). Freshman Leonel Manzano set a school record in the 1,500 meters to win the national championship on the final day of the NCAA Championships. His time of 3:37.13 broke Paul Craig's record, which was set in 1977, and is the second-fastest time by an American this year.
Bolstered by those two individual events, the Texas men's track and field team won an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday. The Longhorns scored 25 points to finish 35 points behind champion Arkansas.
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The Longhorns were making their fourth appearance in the NCAA finals (previously in 1992, 1993 and 1995). UT is now 4-2 against Stanford in NCAA tournament play, and these two teams had also met in the 1993 championship final, with the Longhorns posting a 5-2 victory over the Cardinal to win Texas' first national title. As the No. 11 seed in the NCAA tournament, Texas became the first double digit seed to reach the finals since the NCAA field expanded to 64 teams in 1999.
TEXAS MEN: -- The 29th-ranked University of Texas men's tennis team saw its 2005 season come to a close with a 4-1 loss to top-ranked Baylor in the second round of the NCAA Championships on Saturday evening at the Baylor Tennis Center.
The Longhorns finish the year with a 13-10 dual-match record. The Bears (30-0) advance to the NCAA Round of 16 where they will face No. 16 seed Texas A&M on Saturday, May 21 in College Station, Texas.
The Texas men's golf team shot a final-round 294 (+14) on Saturday to finish in ninth place at the NCAA Central Regional and advance to the NCAA National Championships in Owings Mills, Md. on June 1-4. The Longhorns finished at 34-over-par (290-290-294=874), 15 strokes behind champion Augusta State. Augusta State's Kalle Edberg used a three-under-par 67 during the final round to overtake Oklahoma State's Pablo Martin for medalist honors.
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Crocker, Hansen and Peirsol teamed with Jason Lesak for a world-record time of 3:30.68 for the U.S. in the finals of the 4 x 100m medley relay.
Crocker and Hansen each earned Olympic gold, silver and bronze at the 2004 Athens Games. Crocker earned gold in the 4 x 100m medley relay, silver in 100m fly and bronze in the 4 x 100m free relay, while Hansen captured silver and bronze in the 100 and 200m breaststrokes, respectively, and gold in the 4 x 100m medley relay. Crocker now boasts gold medals in each of the last two Olympics swimming the 4 x 100m medley relay each time. Former Longhorn NEIL WALKER, competing in his third-straight Olympic games, earned gold for the second-straight Olympics in the 4 x 100m medley relay as well, swimming in the preliminaries.
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The host Longhorns won the Big 12 trophy with 53 total points, followed by Kansas in second with 45 and Kansas State third with 40. The Big 12 Invitational is the "unofficial" rowing championship for Big 12 schools offering rowing as a varsity sport. Along with Texas, K-State and KU, the Austin Rowing Club’s Master’s Four also participated in the invitational and finished behind Texas’ second varsity four boat.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 15, The University of Texas women’s rowing team wrapped up competition at the ninth-annual South/Central Regional Sprints with its first varsity eight placing 15th after finishing third in the C Final while the squad accumulated 172 points to finish 11th overall and fourth in the South region on Melton Lake near Oakridge, Tennessee.
Selections for the 2005 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships will be announced on Tuesday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m. (CST). For information on the 2005 Rowing Championships and selection information check out the NCAA web site at www.ncaasports.com.
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TEXAS STAGES SPRING FOOTBALL GAME -- Good news and bad news. The 2005 Texas Spring Jamboree ... formerly called the "Orange-White" game ... started off with an 89 yard opening kickoff return for touchdown by Ramonce Taylor. That's the good news. The bad news? Where was the kickoff coverage?
TEXAS BEATS MICHIGAN IN ROSE BOWL -- PASADENA, Calif. -- Put the controversy to rest. The Texas Longhorns proved they did indeed belong in the Rose Bowl.
Michigan freshman quarterback Chad Henne tied a Rose Bowl record with four touchdown passes, three to All-American wide receiver Braylon Edwards.
Garrett Rivas kicked three field goals, the last a 42-yarder that squeezed just inside the right upright with 3:04 left to give Michigan a 37-35 lead.
All week, Brown and his Texas players were barraged by questions about their worthiness to play in a Bowl Championship Series game.
The Longhorns (11-1) earned their trip West when they leapfrogged fourth-ranked California in the final BCS standings, helped by Brown's public pleas.
By bumping Cal, Texas also crashed the Rose Bowl's long-standing tradition that the "Granddaddy" of bowl games pits a Pac-10 team against the Big Ten champ.
Michigan (9-3) ranks No. 1 in college football with 842 wins and Texas No. 3 with 787. And while it took more than 100 years for them to meet on the field, their first was a doozy.
With Young's razzle-dazzle on touchdown runs of 20, 60, 10 and 23 yards and Henne's scoring throws to Edwards, the game was an offensive showcase that simply came down to who had the ball last.
Michigan's Steve Breaston set a Rose Bowl record with 315 yards total between his catches and kick returns, breaking the mark of 276 set by O.J. Simpson back in 1969.
The Wolverines nearly spoiled it for Texas, but Young simply wouldn't let them.
Michigan was vulnerable against mobile quarterbacks all season and never came close to containing Young, who calls his ability to avoid tacklers in the open field the "Texas Two-Step."
Young ran for a TD and passed for another in the first half, and Henne matched him with a pair of scoring strikes to Edwards that made it 14-14 at halftime.
But the fun had only just begun.
Young's second TD was a longer version of his first. Dropping back to pass, he took a quick read of the field then took off.
He shook off a tackle 15 yards upfield and then outraced All-America safety Ernest Shazor to the end zone to make 21-14.
Breaston, who gave the Wolverines good field position with his kick returns all afternoon, brought the ball out to the 50. Three plays later, he hauled in a pass from Henne and sprinted for the end zone, diving for the pylon to make it 21-all.
By early in the third quarter, Texas had taken the lead three times only to have Michigan tie it. The Longhorns came in having outscored opponents 105-3 in the third quarter but gave up two touchdowns on Michigan's first two drives of the second half.
The Wolverines took their first lead when Henne hit Edwards from 9 yards out and stretched it to 31-21 when Rivas kicked a 44-yard field goal.
But the Michigan defense had nothing left to stop Young from running wild.
After Rivas kicked a field goal that made it 34-28, Young scrambled again for the end zone, leaving the Wolverines either punching the air in frustration or bending over and gasping for breath as Texas took a 35-34 lead before the frenetic ending.
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TEXAS FINISHES SECOND FOR 2004-2005 NACDA DIRECTOR'S CUP -- (UT Sports News) - The University of Texas finished second in the final 2005 Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division I standings for the third time in four years, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced on Wednesday. NACDA, the United States Sports Academy and USA Today present the award annually to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country. Stanford University won the Cup with 1,209.25 points, while the Longhorns amassed a total of 1,075 points. UCLA finished third with 1,074 points.
ORANGE TOWER INFORMATION -- GoHorns.com found an interesting news release from the UT Office of Public Affairs regarding the policies for an ORANGE TOWER, and a brief graph on how the tradition started. Click HERE for the release. It's got pictures, folks! The Daily Texan also addresses the topic in Tower looms LARGE at UT from the July 15th issue.
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