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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Texas coach Augie Garrido often preaches about the life lessons baseball teaches. The Longhorns’ loss to Vanderbilt was a real hard one.
Tyler Campbell’s bases-loaded infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning sent the Longhorns to a 4-3 defeat at the College World Series on Saturday night and advanced the Commodores to the finals against Virginia.
In the Texas 10th, C.J. Hinojosa was robbed of extra bases when Rhett Wiseman made a running catch of his drive to right.
Then there was the winning infield single by the guy who was filling in for third baseman Xavier Turner, who was declared ineligible by the NCAA on Friday.
“It was imperfect by both teams, but both teams battled and really gave it everything they had,” Garrido said. “I have absolutely no negative comments about any types of plays or batting or pitching or fielding or why it all happened. They got one more run than we did, and they get to move on because of it.”
Garrido called his Longhorns (46-21) the best Texas team since the 2005 squad that won the national title. Texas had finished last in the Big 12 last year and hadn’t made the NCAA tournament the previous two.
“They have every reason to treat themselves like champions,” Garrido said. “They have life experiences here, and they’ll never want to finish second again. They no longer fear failure because it isn’t failure when you do your best. Once the grieving stops - and it will take place for a while - then they need to recognize clearly what they’ve won. And they’ve won a hell of a lot more than they’ve lost.”
Campbell had only 21 at-bats this season when he stepped to the plate in the 10th against John Curtiss (2-3). He fouled off a pitch and took another before he grounded to shortstop. C.J. Hinojosa charged the ball, but couldn’t get it to first in time to get Campbell.
Campbell waited behind the bag to be mobbed by teammates who came flooding out of the third-base dugout and bullpen.
“That’s what these moments are about, when kids have been practicing all year and not getting in games. Then their number is called,” Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. “Everybody is so happy for this kid. They wanted him to play, and just to see him succeed, the team is beyond happy.”
Freshman Hayden Stone (3-0) struck out eight in 5 2-3 innings of relief of Carson Fulmer. Vanderbilt (49-20) gives the SEC a team in the CWS finals for the seventh straight year.
Vanderbilt, which avenged a 4-0 loss to the Longhorns on Friday, survived a couple of scares to advance to the best-of-three CWS championship series, which begins Monday night.
In the fifth inning, Fulmer issued three straight walks to load the bases with one out. Stone came on and Ben Johnson grounded his first pitch to third, where Campbell started the inning-ending double play.
In the Texas 10th, Wiseman sprinted into the right-center field gap and extended his glove to make the catch before falling onto the warning track.
“The ball hung up there long enough,” Wiseman said, “and luckily we were in position to have a shot at it. It was a no-doubles situation in the top of the 10th. Hayden made a good pitch, and he put a good swing on it.”
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