June 16, 2009
Texas 10, Arizona State 6 Attendance: 24,152 (2009 SeriesTotal-181,825; 2009 Avg.-22,728)
Texas advances to the Bracket 2 Championship Friday at 6 p.m. Arizona State will face North Carolina Thursday evening in an elimination game (Arizona State will be the home team)
- Tonight marks the first time in MCWS history that three sons of former MCWS players on are the field. The current players are Texas' Chance Ruffin (Bruce, 1985) and Brandon Loy (Darren, 1983-84) and Arizona State's Matt Newman (Randy, 1981). All three fathers played for the same team at the MCWS. There have been 10 father/son combinations to play in the MCWS (complete list is on page 117 of the MCWS guide. The only other time multiple sons of MCWS players appeared in the MCWS was in 1988 (Wichita State's David Haas and Jeff Bonacquista).
- Tonight's game took 4:04, making it the fourth-longest nine-inning game in MCWS history (complete list on page 91 of MCWS book).
- 17 of the last 19 champions have opened MCWS play with a 2-0 record (only Southern California in 1998 and Oregon State in 2006 lost their first game in that stretch).
- With Arizona State's loss tonight, LSU is the last remaining unbeaten team in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
- The winner of Bracket 2 has won every MCWS since 2000.
- Texas is 2-0 in the MCWS for the 12th time in program history and the fourth time in their last five MCWS appearances. Four of UT's previous five national titles have come after the Longhorns opened MCWS play with a 2-0 mark.
- With tonight's win, the Longhorns have won their last seven games at the MCWS dating back to their 2005 national championship. Texas and Oregon State now hold the longest-active MCWS win streaks at seven apiece.
- The six-run deficit against Arizona State marks the largest deficit the Longhorns have overcome all season. Prior to tonight, the largest deficit UT overcame was four runs against Army on May 31 (UT trailed 10-6, won 14-10).
- The six-run deficit ties for the seventh-largest deficit overcome in a MCWS game. The only time Texas overcame a deficit larger than six runs in the MCWS came on June 10, 1972, when Texas trailed 8-0 in the seventh before coming back to win 9-8.
- The Longhorns improved to 80-53 all-time at the MCWS, as UT leads all programs in MCWS in wins (80) and games played (133).
- Texas is now 26-18 all-time against Arizona State, including a 5-2 advantage at the MCWS. Tonight's matchup between the teams was the first at the MCWS since 1984.
- Augie Garrido collected his 36th MCWS win on Tuesday, matching Arizona State's Jim Brock and Stanford's Mark Marquess for third place all-time. His .692 winning percentage now ranks fourth all-time (complete top five is on page 174 of MCWS record book).
- The two homers by Cameron Rupp marked his first career two-homer game. It is also the third two-homer game by a Longhorn this season (Michael Torres vs. TCU on June 6; Connor Rowe at Oklahoma State on April 3).
- Chance Ruffin lasted a season-low 2.0 innings against Arizona State. His previous low was 4.0 in a pre-determined start against Alabama A&M on May 17, and tonight's start was the shortest of his career (27 starts). The six runs Ruffin allowed is also a season high.
- Texas now has 100 sacrifice bunts on the season, marking only the fifth time a team has had 100 sacrifices on the year. UT has recorded 100 or more sacrifices three times in school history (also 126 in 2000 and 116 in 2005). Both the previous year UT had 100 or more sacrifices, the Longhorns won a national title.
- Tonight is the 10th time that Texas has scored 10 or more runs in a game this season, as the Longhorns are 10-0 in games where they reach double digits.
- This is the first time all season UT has surrendered six or more runs in consecutive games all season. The Longhorns have not allowed five or more runs in three straight games all season.
- Texas is now 31-1-1 when scoring six or more runs in a game and 41-0-1 when leading after six innings this season.
- It marked just the 12th time the Longhorns, who are second nationally in ERA, allowed six or more runs in a game, going 7-4-1 in those contests.
- Taylor Jungmann is now 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in the MCWS, allowing three hits over 6.1 innings of work in relief.
- Arizona State sees its seven-game win streak snapped tonight. The Sun Devils had won 17 of their last 18 games before Tuesday night.
- The 10 runs allowed by Arizona State matches a season-high set five previous times, most recently against UCLA on May 23. ASU is now 1-5 when allowing an opponent to reach double figures in runs.
- The six runs allowed by the Sun Devils in the fourth inning was the most runs ASU had allowed in an inning this season.
- Mike Leake's 3.1-inning stint is the shortest start of the season (17 starts). Leake had gone seven or more innings in his last 15 starts dating back to Feb. 26. The eight hits and six runs allowed were both season highs, as Leake had not allowed more than four runs in any start this season.
- Leake, who leads the country in wins (16) and innings (136.0) raised his ERA from 1.36 to 1.65, which is now second nationally (Stephen Strasburg, San Diego State 1.32).
- Cole Calhoun is hitting .444 (4-for-9) with two homers and six RBIs in the MCWS has an eight-game hit streak. He is hitting .400 (12-for-30) with two homers and 13 RBIs in the NCAA Regional.
- With the loss, Arizona State falls to 60-35 in its 21 MCWS appearances. The Sun Devils are third in wins and games played at the MCWS.
- Arizona State is now 23-12 this season when a starter does not reach the seventh inning.