OMAHA, Neb. – Texas junior Parker French was brilliant throwing 7.1 innings and allowing only an earned run and Texas avoided elimination from the 2014 College World Series with a 4-1 win over Louisville in Game 5 on Monday. The right-hander allowed four hits and three walks while striking out four, keeping the Cardinals off the scoreboard through seven innings at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
Louisville starter Anthony Kidston wasn’t as fortunate, plagued by three errors in the field, lasted eight innings and allowed three runs, two earned on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts. The Sophomore surrendered one-out, singles in each of the first two innings but kept the Longhorns from scoring.
However, Texas would get to the righty in the third as third baseman Zane Gurwitz hit a double deep to left field and would score on a sac fly by second baseman Ben Johnson after being sacrificed over to third to give the Longhorns the early 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Longhorns would strike again as C.J. Hinojosa and Collin Shaw led-off the inning with back-to-back singles and were both sacrificed into scoring position by Madison Carter. Kacy Clemons would reach as Louisville short stop Sutton Whiting booted the ground ball. Hinojosa scored on the play to make it a 2-0 advantage for Texas.
The Cardinals’ uncharacteristically sloppy play in the field continued in the fifth as a pair of throwing errors by second baseman Zach Lucas led to another Longhorns’ run as Mark Payton scored after reaching base on a walk to extend Texas’ lead to 3-0.
Meanwhile, French was rolling through the Louisville lineup, scattering base-runners, benefiting from two double plays and base-running miscues by the Cardinals before being pulled with one-out and two runners in scoring position in the eighth.
Travis Duke came on in the eighth and allowed a groundout that scored Whiting from third before striking out Nick Solak to end the scoring threat. The sophomore southpaw would throw a perfect ninth to seal the win with a five-out save.
Texas would add an insurance run in the eighth as Carter scored on a Brooks Marlow sac fly after being called safe at second on what would have been a force out, making the score 4-1. With the win, the Longhorns advances to play the loser of tonight’s Game 6 match-up between UC Irvine and Vanderbilt on Wednesday at 7:00 pm central.
Louisville has been eliminated from the College World Series going win-less in Omaha for the second straight season.